The stitch group that I belong to meets once a month. Every three months we book a work room for three days, make hotel reservations, and pack up our sewing rooms and head south. Although our group started out as applique, we work on all kinds of projects at our retreats. Here are a few things that I managed to capture.
V had her penguins all in a row, and S had started on this Chain pattern. She did finish it, but I didn't catch a photo of that. But I managed to acquire a strip of this green for a future project that is in a box right now.
JH was busy with a Betsy Chutchian pattern on the left. Small precise piecing and fabulous 1800's prints. CO was working with indigos and shirtings. These blocks are from the Hope's Journey book by Betsy Chutchian.
V was also working on Christmas Tree skirts. She started making these in Mid January, retreat days were in early February and I think she has about 14 finished already. Talk about motivated. They are all different and she has sourced out so many ideas from stacks of patterns and each skirt is unique. She used lots of Buttermilk Basin patterns, she had a huge stack of them to work from.
Next up is my Just Takes 2 which I have blogged about already. As of today, I've got 5 more blocks made and tucked back into the bin holding these blocks. I will finish this one, just not yet. This is the best thing about the room we book. It has massive design walls and we each have our own table. Well, I took the end seat and had 2 tables to work with!
On the left, EPP in progress. MN is a machine when it comes to this. Lucy Boston is the pattern and the grey setting color really makes this shine. Those pops of coral, the Pantone color of the year, also add a surprise to the piece. CD, on the right was busy with her Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt. Looking great in these bright colors. C decided to make hers smaller than the pattern, but with all the piecing in Bonnie's pattern, even at a smaller size, it's still going to be heavy! Now for the borders.
JB was busy with a binding, but once she tackled that, she pulled out her blocks and got busy with this project. Love the heart block, and note how small it is. I think those small ones finish at 2"?
Here is JH with her top together. I believe she even got the border on, but again, I missed that photo op. On the right is one of mine. It was the last box that I opened up at retreat. It is a 49 patch block, I need 81 blocks, and I didn't strip piece ANY of this. I spent the last morning sorting my strips on the design wall, making sure I didn't have multiples of obvious prints in a block. All bundles have 7 strips with 7 squares. Now to stitch them into blocks. Again, this is a long term project that started due to a mistake using an Accucutter. I had stacks of 2" blocks that needed to be 2 1/2" and that was what started me down this rabbit hole. I know it will be amazing when finished, I just don't know when that will be. Hopefully the binding will be on this one by Dec 24, 2019. That's my goal.
There were many other projects that hit the design wall, got blocks added, or re arranged, and I just couldn't keep up with all the goodness in the room. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is the BEST group of people that I get to stitch with. They are so positive, creative, encouraging, talented, sharing and just the best to stitch with.
I hope you all have a "tribe" of stitchers.