Monday, March 26, 2012

March Retreat 2012

Last weekend, a dozen or so quilters from our guild filled up a school camp hall with our machines, boards, rulers and fabric and sewed and chatted away the days.  Margaret was strip piecing lots of little bits.  She put them all away though when she decided that she didn't like the cream blocks she'd brought to go with them.

Darryl reckoned she didn't get much done, but she managed to finish quilting this quilt-for-kids quilt and she solved lots of problems for people!  You can see the whole quilt pinned up on the wall below.  I love this graphic pattern.

Perfect for a boy .

Leonie worked on a few things including this wreath.  But I missed a shot of her gorgeous pleated bag!

Jane worked on these poinsettias. 

And these neat little foundation pieced blocks.  Some clever fussy cutting makes them really effective.

Here's a progress shot of Vicki's wall hanging.  She started it 12 years ago!

And now she's finished it!  Well, she still has to quilt it, but major progress has occurred.

This was also Vicki's, from a Gloria Loughman class she took at Symposium.

Delores was also pulling out the ancient UFO's.

And here is the final layout (except for one block that blew off the wall as I was taking the pic).

I finished a mat and ruler bag for myself.

Here's the back.

And this is Camilla the Gorilla who comes to retreat with us.

She always gets up to mischief of one sort or another!

These stunners are Alison's.  She won them in a raffle and so has been adding some more.

They are made from ties and are just gorgeous!

Beryl and Leonie were both working on projects made in a Hazel Foote class at Symposium.

 Edna was going crazy piecing teeny weeny squares.

 But the top kept growing and growing.

There is a large, square, stainless steel kitchen bench.  Perfect for basting.

 This is Darryl's.  She wanted to unpick the orange feature squares but was bullied talked into keeping them in there by the rest of us.  I think it's stunning!

And this photo doesn't do this wall hanging justice.  It's Beryl's and she's done it on a linen background.

 Gaylene was crumb piecing.  We've crowned her Queen of Crumbs.

You can see why when you see her quilt up on the wall.  I think she should call it Google Earth!

More of Edna's handywork.

Alison did some thread sketching of a favourite bouncy wee dog.

Delores finished off this kaleidoscope top. 

And last word goes to Margaret who reckoned these counted as a finish!

See you all next time.


  1. Wow - you guys had a successful weekend - its always so surprising how all the projects are so varied.

  2. It looks like you all had a great weekend and what a wonderful collection of projects were being worked on. I agree about the orange in Darryl's quilt as it adds a certain zing. Take care.