Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Retreat time!

When you hear the word 'retreat' you probably think of solitude, quiet, relaxation, and time away from the rat race.  When you pair that word with 'quilting' you get...noise from laughter and discussions with friends and the hum of machines, friendship instead of solitutde and focus on projects rather than relaxation...unless you find quilting relaxing...and WE DO!!

And I probably don't have to tell you how satisfying it is to come home with projects completed or at least mostly completed.

I just got back from here after 4 nights away with the girls in my satellite group.  I wanted to focus on getting UFOs done and I got these finished:

At long last, my Roll Roll Cotton Boll is completed and ready to quilt.  I'm so excited to have this one done.

After Roll Roll Cotton Boll, I worked on Tuscan Hillside.  I just needed to work on the appliqued vine and grape leaves.  I still have to stitch down the raw edge applique of the grape leaves but for now they are fixed down by Steam a Seam 2.


And lastly, Orca Bay!  I got the top done and I'm thrilled with it but I had some trouble with the borders.  I put on a white border like Bonnie Hunter's instructions said (no picture shown of that) but after measuring in the middle, it was about 3 inches short on each side.   Not a happy camper!  Anyway, this is where the quilt fairies come in (aka retreat friends).  After  agonizing over the border dilemma I've decided to take off the white border and add a wider black border and then square it off from there.  I've got almost all of the outer border units done although I ran out of units so I couldn't finish it, but here's a picture of the quilt without the borders.  I'll update with another blog post once all the borders are on.


I'm very happy with what I got done at my quilting retreat.  Now to get them quilted!!

Until next time,


  1. My goodness! You must've gone for five days without any sleep to get so very much done. All three are beautiful; good job!

  2. Pretty guilts. Retreats can be so productive.
    Good luck with fixing OB. Your work is lovely.

  3. So impressed with your RRCB and Orca Bay quilts. That's what I want mine to look like when they grow up. My Orca Bay is basted and ready to quilt but RRCB needs its final border attached.
    Are you going to blog about your plans to quilt them? I would really be interested in that.

    1. Hi Sarah, yes I expect that I will blog about my plans to quilt them. I'm missing a few units for the Orca Bay border and I'm not happy with my current inside white border so I will be taking it off to redo it and then making up the missing border units. I really want to finish it off this year and then start quilting them. Don't hold your breath though; it may not happen until after Christmas.