Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mystery time

I love mystery quilts, although I must admit they don't always come out like I want them to! I know some friends who played along with Bonnie Hunter's Orange Crush, so this year, I'm playing too. First clue posts tomorrow. Want to play along? Click the fun logo at the bottom of this post!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Four County Quilt Guild retreat 2011

Last weekend was one of my guild's twice-yearly retreats. I always have such a fun time seeing my MD friends and getting lots of sewing done!

Joe came with me this time. We left after work on Thur and it took us about 4.5 hours to get there, including a stop for dinner. His niece got married on Friday, and we had a family dinner to celebrate that evening in Philly. It just made things easier if he came with me for the weekend and we went from the retreat to the family event.

This time, the retreat was in a new place: Pecometh on the Chester River on the Eastern shore of MD. It was held at their brand-new retreat center. It is a gorgeous facility, and we had it to ourselves. The food was fabulous, the sewing room was spacious and well-lit, and the sleeping rooms were all brand new and nice. My only complaint (and others had it too) was the poor sound proofing in the sleeping area. Several people were kept awake by others chatting late into the night.

I had a productive quilting weekend. I started by making (mostly paper piecing) my mini quilt for this year's holiday swap. I had that finished by dinnertime on Saturday night. Here's me showing it off at Show and Tell that evening:

By the time I went to bed on Saturday night, I had quilted it:

On Saturday, I also quilted the quilt commissioned by my friend Janet for her home in Costa Rica:

On Sunday, I worked on piecing this quilt, Celestial Dreams, from a kit I bought in Hershey in July. This quilt will be for me and Joe. We both really like it and want it to be bigger. I have some extra fabric, and I will try to buy a bit more. I plan to take these borders off, add some more to it, and hopefully get it big enough to fit our bed (not that we need another bed quilt! We have several).

Can't wait until May for the spring retreat!