Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Autumn Retreat

What a fabulous weekend!  Because of a slight hitch with dates, we are running two Autumn retreats this year and this first one was attended by a much smaller number than usual.  So we had plenty of space to spread out, less dishes to wash and fewer sewing machine motors to talk over.

Because this only needed the binding sewn down, I grabbed the first 'finish' of the weekend. 

Steph showed us her finished beauty of a quilt.  She was working on this at her last retreat.

And here is part of her next masterpiece.  I've seen the pattern and it's truly stunning. 

Here's Edna contemplating what to do to turn these orphan blocks into a usable quilt.  Aren't they a neat pattern?

Margaret joined us for a day and managed to get several bindings sewn down.  This one has a skateboard fabric as a feature. 

Here's Dianne and Daryl basting Shirley's troublesome quilt that just won't lay flat!  The problem is in the fabric we think - such a gorgeous soft damask.

This is one of a pair - or will be if Dianne can find a few more inches of the purple stripe inner border fabric.

Imogen managed to complete the quilting of her lovely batik bargello.

This is another of Margaret's that she managed to get the binding finished on.

And here is a detail of the quilting from the back.

I managed to finish the border on this round-robin block.  Just in time to send it off to Australia.  Remind me never to work with teeny tiny pieces again!

Carol had been lucky to attend a workshop with Kaffe Fassett recently - here she is working on the layout of her quilt started that day.

Ingrid has been experimenting with fabric paint.   And now she's using the painted fabric to fantastic effect in this cathedral windows piece.

Mmmmmm, colour!!

Carol finished this top off for her brand new grandbaby. 

I managed to piece together my centre applique block into my big blue and white quilt and add a border.  I've yet to decide whether to add another one - what do you think?

And that's about it for photos.  Plenty of stories though!  Like the cricket hunts that had varying degrees of success! 

Anyway - take care and enjoy whatever it is you are working on. 


  1. Oh such nice eye candy! Thanks for sharing some wonderful work with us! :)

  2. What a beautiful collection of quilts and it sounds like you all had a great retreat. Happy stitching!

  3. wow ! too much goodness for one post - I'll have to go back and look at them all again.