Yesterday, being National Quilting Day, naturally called for a get-together over sewing machines and irons and feeding fabric over the feed dogs like maniacs at a sew-in hosted by my Mom at The Roadrunner Retreat Center.
I paced myself which is code for ‘I didn’t get much done’ however, being no slouch, I’ll show you some pictures.
First up is my Mom, Janet, who was chief cook and bottle washer and pillowcase maker. Ya done good, Ma!
My friend, ‘L’, who said no face shots. Okay, okay! She worked on an Eleanor Burns ‘Trip Around the World’ pattern in batiks. (Reports of attempted muggings over quilt tops should in no way point in my direction.) This thing will be gorgeous!
There were 2 other ladies and myself but since I didn’t get permission to use their pictures here, you’ll just have to believe me and settle for what I accomplished.
The pattern below is called ‘Quilt on Point’ but the quilt shop didn’t put their name on it so I can’t even give them credit for it and relying on my memory is an exercise in futility. Bummer! Basically, you can use any precut square…5″, 10″, those obnoxiously small, what the heck do I do with it 2″ ones and assemble them into a top that’s 5 squares across and 8 down. Once it’s all together, you make 2 strategic cuts and reassemble it and you wind up with a quilt top that doesn’t require you to cut any side triangles. I used the 2″ and 5″ squares for each of these tops. I’ll add borders and wind up with what amounts to a child quilt and a doll quilt. I bought a French General layer cake to make using this pattern. Trust me, it’ll be divine.
I’ve been working on the squares below for approximately half of my quilting life…which is to say almost five years. I love paper-piecing, however, it is in my opinion, labor intensive and slow going. Then again, it could just be me. It doesn’t help matters that the pieces I precut were all wrong and had to be re-done. Excuse me while I accept my award for Intellectual Contortionism by Dummies. I love the fabrics in these. The pattern is called ‘Children of Israel’ and is available online from Quilter’s Cache. Of course, considering how long these have taken me, the pattern may be gone by now. Arrggh!
The one on the lower left I made in 2009. I’ll wait while you finish laughing. Go ahead…feel free. The other three I made yesterday.
Many thanks to L.C. for providing awesome peach wine and for the dreary overcast weather which kept me from feeling guilty for being inside rather than outside doing something productive…like exercising.
One must have priorities.
**For my wino-sisters, the peach wine is Happy Trails from Fiesta Winery in Lometa, TX**