Friday, February 16, 2018

Retreat Sewing!!

So last weekend I was able to go up to beautiful Bryce Canyon and teach at the Quilty Friends Retreat (more on that soon) and I had such a lovely time!!  And I even managed to get in a little of my own sewing.  Between classes and trunk shows, and general quilty goodness, I managed to get my butteries sewn from where they were back here, into pretty little rows.  Aren't they just so fun!!!  I was hoping to have them quilted by today, but I always forget that when I leave for a few days, it takes a good week to get caught back up :)

This adorable pattern is Flitter and it was in my January Sew Sampler Box. And kind of funny, I just cut up the entire 10" square bundle that came with the pattern not realizing that there were 21 squares and not 20.  So ya, I made an extra butterfly, but its all good, because now it is going to be the cutest little label on the back of the quilt ;)

And you might notice that my butterflies are aligned a little different than the pattern shows.  So the picture on the front cover of the pattern shows the "squarish" wings on the top (I am sure they didn't realize it was being photographed upside down) , and the pattern layout shows them on the bottom.  And when I was trying to figure out which way to put them, I realized I really liked both ways.  So I did both and alternated the layout of the butterflies.  So fun!!!

So now I am hoping to get it all quilted up and bound this next week.  I can't wait to see it all finished because it is just to cute for words!!!

And while at the Retreat, Barbara and I also got to do a little sewing in class!!!  Yes, I actually took a class at a retreat instead of teaching the whole time.  It was oh so much fun!!!   We took the Petitie Points class using this super fun French General pattern and the super cool Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool .

The class was a whole lot of fun and Barbara and I were both able to really crank out some blocks.   I know it doesn't look like a lot but with 1" finished strips, this was a whole lot of stitching to get 6 blocks done!!!  Barbara used wonderfully happy prints from Apirl Rosenthal and and her setting triangles are going to be a rainbow of  gingham, so cute!!!  I can't wait to see hers all done ;)

I managed to sew my 6 blocks and then add my setting triangles to put them into a row.   Only now I realized after looking at this picture that I flipped half of the blocks.  The red should be on the top of all the blocks.  So ya, looks like a little unpicking for me.  But I am still happy I got all 6 blocks made and hey, I finally get to rock my Lori Holt T-shirt in class so double bonus :)

So 6 blocks down and 27 to go ;)   I think I am going to chain stitch the remaining 27 blocks now to  speed things up a bit.  I really enjoyed making these blocks and the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool makes it so much easier than it looks.   And in case you didn't notice, I am doing a much scrappier version because I so needed to bust some pink and red scraps!!!  Isn't this going to make the cutest "all girl" baby quilt.   Time to get some chain stitching on, that is after a little unpicking :)

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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  1. There is going to be a fight amongst your daughters for that butterfly quilt especially since you said it got moved to the front of the sewing line! It is adorable! I sure wish I had your mother-in-law as mine! You are very blessed!

  2. The butterfly quilt is beautiful, if your daughters fight over it, you can give it to me.

  3. Love the idea of the extra block being a label.

  4. So glad you mentioned that about the butterfly blocks - they do look great both ways! Such lovely finishes for you and your mother-in-law!

  5. Your sweet mother in law. Barbara looks happy with her blocks attached to her. These are sweet.
    I love the butterfly quilt too. Pretty blue.
    Happy week-end

  6. I’ve heard that retreat is difficult to get into. That everyone who has attended before gets to preregister and that locks up all the available spaces. Do you have any hints on how my friends and I can get our foot in the door?

  7. Hi Christel Janz, You comment didn't show up here, and you are a no-reply blogger so I am hoping that if I answer here you will find it ;) Yes, I have heard as well that in the past, this retreat was super hard to get into. But it is under new management now and there is no longer pre-registration. Everyone registers at the same time and it is first come first serve. You can watch the site here for registration info to be updated for next year ;) Hope that helps, it would be so fun to see you there!!!

    1. Thank you! That is good to hear! Maybe I can take your class next year!!


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