Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Quilt Retreat is productive!

First of all--for all those that were interested in the Bright Bull's Eye pattern....I wrote to you individually, but I thought more might be interested also. It's a variation of a Bull's Eye (made with circles--that are layered on top of one another, each circle is a bit smaller). But the difference is that I used a hexagon shape. I started with a 10" background square, and then cut hexagons at 8", 6" and 4". I sewed them on one at a time and then cut out the background. I stitched them on 1/4" away from the raw edge. You are supposed to cut them in quarters when you are done and then mix and match them, but I thought it was busy enough as it was, plus I spent a lot of time making up the sets and I liked them like that! Easy as pie and a great way to use up more scraps!!

I spent last weekend with my small quilt group at our semi-annual quilt retreat. I took 13 projects that either needed finished to completion or just to the flimsy stage. And I got 8 of the 13 done as far as I wanted! Woo hoo!! Some I wondered why I waited so long as I was almost done! I finished three quilts completely, even the labels. We each made a charity quilt to donate to our local women's shelter and I was able to get a 2nd one (a small baby one) done as well. Although now I have a LOT more for my flimsy list! Zoe is going to have to work double and triple time to make a dent in them! LOL
Since I switched my UFO's to the Flimsy list, I added more UFO's to the list. And added more to my finishes list. Think I'll ever get done? Nah...it's always a work in progress. I wonder what I'd do if I ever got caught up? My friend did this weekend--she's the one with NO stash, little scraps and finished up the 3 that she was working on. I can't EVEN imagine being in that position! She's just not normal! LOL

I often wonder when to post pictures of my quilts--when the top is done? when it's quilted? both? I hate to keep showing the same quilts--but each step feels like such an accomplishment, I want to share. So, if I post them too often, sorry! But it might be a while when it gets posted again, if you get my drift..hahahaha.... So, here's what I got done this weekend...This is the Tulip Wreath--I bought the pattern because the sample had beautiful machine quilting and I thought it would be a good one to practice on. Hahaha Now I'm quilting on a mid-arm machine, so I guess it still is a good practice piece! At least I still like it! I had two panels that I had to blanket stitch the flowers and then assemble the top. Took me about 2 hours.

This is Twinkling Stars and it's from a McCall's magazine from 1997! I made the kit from fabric from my stash a long time ago and even made the blocks. So all I had to do was assemble the top. Just a few hours and it was done! I think I'll put this in our Bible Study group's Annual Auction.

This is one of 3 Psalms of Comfort tops that I had left to do. I made one for my daughter, this was mine and still have two more to go. I had all the pieces cut, the HST done. I had to assemble the rows and then the top. About 3 hours and I was done.

Finally--this little project has to be at least 12 years old! My friend and I got together and swapped pink fabrics from our stash to make this cute little Easter wallhanging. I had the squares cut and that was it. She got hers done (the one with no UFO's--now you know why! LOL) and mine just aged and aged. Now was the time to get it done. And again, only 2 hours and the top is done.

Since Blogger won't let me post more....to be continued.....

1 comment:

Pam said...

It is great to see all your various projects. Must feel good to get them finished. I made a little Bunny wall hanging like your's many years ago. I gave it to my daughter a few Christmas's ago - and I just got her to send me a picture of it this week. It is blue and I will post a picture of it on my blog soon. I ended up doing mine a little different.