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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Quilting Bees In-house Retreat Day Three

As promised, here is a photo of the cutting table I mentioned in my post yesterday. It was specially made for the club. It is counter-height and 46" wide x 95" long. 

I worked on coasters to go with my Halloween placemats.

I also worked on this strip to put our mugs or glasses on the kitchen counter between uses.

One last photo of the cute service dog we enjoyed the company of these past three days. She was a very good girl, we hardly knew she was there.

I brought some other projects to work on, but I was not in the mood, so I picked out a charity quilt kit to make. It is a three yard quilt. When I get further along I will post about it. I can tell you it uses one yard each of three different fabrics. 

That's all for now!!!

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Quilting Bees In-House Retreat Day Two

 As promised, here are the quilt tops for the placemats I made yesterday. Finished size is 13" x18".

I have never been to a quilt retreat, so have nothing to compare this one to, but I think it has been great! The setup - tables, ironing boards, and cutting tables are similar to how the room is set up on club days (Friday and Sunday). The retreat added Saturday and the food component. We had sandwiches, chips and dessert on Friday. A potluck today (a salad bar with chicken) and tomorrow we will have a breakfast casserole. Also various snacks all day. 

Here is my table set up we each have our own 6' long table. I did not spread out as much as some, but there is plenty of room.

Here are some better photos of the service dog under the table at my feet sometimes. So far the foot pedal of my machine has not moved and bumped her rump or paws yet. She has been a very good girl.

Today we were given kits to make heart blocks for a charity quilt, I made these.

When I was not making hearts, eating food, or visiting with others I made the Halloween version of the placemats I made yesterday. I did have backing fabric (ghosts on black) so I was able to get them all set to quilt. I think I will stitch in the ditch using some of my machine's decorative stitches. I will need to get some black fabric for binding. I can shop for that when I shop for fabric for my Christmas placemats - oh boy!!

I am really enjoying this. I have a bin full of projects I want to make and while my studio is great for my other hobbies, it is not set up as nicely for quilting like the quilting bees room which has large ironing and cutting surfaces. They have lots of rotary cutters and rulers which includes a big square ruler that is 20" x 20" which really made it easy for me to square up the placemats.  I will try to get a photo of the cutting board for tomorrow's post. I can work at home, but my motivation is less. I am seriously thinking of bringing my machine once or twice a month on Fridays, to try and get my sewing stash reduced.

That's all for today!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Quilting Bees In-House Retreat Day One

 Today was day one of a three day in-house retreat hosted by my local quilt club - Sun City Festival Quilting Bees. 

I was a lot of fun. Tables were set up for each person with a cute bag filled with chocolate and a pretty scissor case. Lunch was provided and two of us brought dessert. Tomorrow is a pot luck lunch and Sunday the board is providing lunch. There are also lots of snacks. We just had to bring our projects and beverage. 

I was lucky to have a table backed up to a lady with a service dog and so I stitched with a dog at my feet. Felt like home!
The hardest part so far had been deciding what project to bring. I decided on a placemat kit I bought last year. Actually I bought two, a Halloween one and a Christmas one. I worked on the Christmas one and got all five (not sure why the kit was for five) done. You cut fat quarters to a set size, stack them up and then cut them making 5 piles. Then you shuffle the piles so each placemat has one cut of each fabric, but they are not the same. I will take a photo of them to post tomorrow.

Here is the first one ready to sew. I did get all five done and had some help with squaring them up - thanks Jami.  I had to leave early today to take our dog to the vet, so finishing up early worked out. I had hoped to have some backing fabric at hope to finish them tomorrow, but I do not. So, I will start the Halloween placemats and I do have ghost fabric that should make a great backing. Hopefully this means I will come from the retreat with a finished project!

More tomorrow, retreat ends at four each day, so the post will be sometime after that.