I am going to experiment with a slideshow in my blog post because there were a ton of pictures and it would be easier that way.
Some of the highlights:
Nov 11 at 11:11 a.m. - Thread passed from person to person (we are all joined by a common thread) and we observed our minute of silence. It was also Heather's birthday so we also enjoyed some Mimosas and cupcakes from Oo La La cupcakery in celebration of Heather's birthday.
Some of us went for walks throughout the weekend down to the lakefront. The colours were amazing and the fresh air and exercise were welcome after our sit-and-sew times and all the feasting that happens during our retreat. The Honeymoon Bay chef is beyond amazing. Our three meals a day plus snacks and daily happy hour made for a b-line to my scale when I came home. Oh dear. Well fruit for the breakfast the next couple of days and back to portion control and daily routines.
I finished three quilt tops during the four days and the photos, while in the picture album above, are set out here as well just because I'm so darn proud of my accomplishments!
Next was a quilt kit of layer cakes plus 2 borders that I received from my friend Terry for my birthday. I did a slice and dice (take the 10" squares, slice off at 3 1/2", shuffle and re-piece, then slice at 5" the other way and then reshuffle. It doesn't take long, evidenced by the fact that I did this one in one day:
|Slice & Dice|
And the new version:
(now this one makes me happy!)
Much better! I made string blocks out of lemon yellow to surround the blocks. I took the original kaleidoscope blocks and surrounded them with a darker yellow border with navy blue cornerstones. I then repeated the navy blue inner border with a dark yellow flange and then the floral border that made up the kaleidoscope blocks. I'm so happy with this quilt now. I'm glad I persevered and reinvented. Sometimes I think it's too easy to toss something in the garbage because it didn't turn out like we hoped. I decided there was a quilt there somewhere and I'm glad I found it!
Enjoy the photos. We will be back next November. Until then, I need to continue the momentum of getting some UFOs done. Now that I've got a quilt frame, I need to get it set up and start turning some of these flimsies into finished quilts.
Until next time, happy quilting!