Carol, today’s featured retreat attendee, is our piecing queen. Piece by piece, quilt after quilt, she gets an inordinate amount of work done and each quilt is a delight to see – just like her winning smile.This is her “Chocolate Covered Cherries” quilt. Next she worked on the wonderful border of this little quilt.
Every once in a while she would take a break to make a block from some BOM’s she is doing. In no time at all she produced this table runner.
Lastly, she had a big container of hundreds of strips for a log cabin quilt. Quietly and steadily she sewed and ironed.
Carol usually hosts our Christmas and Spring potluck dinners. Her home is large and comfortable with a huge screened-in porch for the Spring dinner and a large dining table for our Christmas dinner. There are quilts everywhere in her home – red and green for Christmas and wonderful pastel flower quilts for Spring.
Carol is a retired school librarian. Her children lead very interesting lives and we love to hear the stories she brings to our group.
Tomorrow you will meet Lindsay…………
The second retreat attendee to be featured is Aline. She is a retired graphic artist. Her quilts are precise and well thought out. She finished this Bullseye quilt top in no time and everyone agreed that her borders add greatly to this exchange-block quilt. (Please notice Gus, the dog, who you will meet later.) Here is Aline at work on a Thanksgiving quilt done from a panel which she is very accurately cutting apart.
The finished Thanksgiving quilt. The words – Give Thanks – will be added later.
Aline working on a crazy 6-patch batik quilt. Once again she is very, very carefully measuring.
The finished colorful quilt. Aline also does redwork and beautiful embroidery. Her handwork is as precise as her quilting. Quilt labels done by Aline are as wonderful as her quilts. Lately she has been doing a lot of machine quilting and her artistry shines through in that also.
Come back tomorrow for the next featured person. There is talent galore in my little Bee group.
YES ! ! ! A counted cross-stitch finish! This is Little House Needleworks “Necessities Sampler” chart #40. I lost the name of the fabric, but I’m sure it is Laguna 28count – just don’t know the color.
My next counted cross-stitch project is going to be small and easy as I plan to take it on my quilt retreat next week.
Forever optimistic, I plan to take at least four quilt projects, one counted cross-stitch project, a knitting project and three books to read. How much will I get done on a five day quilt retreat? Stay tuned.
Finished is good. Since I went shopping today and bought three more counted cross-stitch projects, I decided I better finished up one of my stitching works-in-progress. Here is my Rhodes Butterfly Fob designed by The Sweetheart Tree, Belfast linen, 32 count, Platinum.
The FrontThe back
For anyone familiar with the design, you will know that I eliminated all the little viney lines as I seem incapable of counting those itty-bitty stitches. The front also has a big mistake – the butterflies are supposed to have been stitched with the varigated thread as on the back instead of the plain pink. The instructions also call for a tassle to be made from the leftover floss, but the one I made looked too big for the fob and I decided I liked it without the tassle. Despite the mistakes and eliminations, I’m very pleased and proud of this piece.
Now I need to leave it laying about so that visitors to my home will be amazed at the fine stitching I have done. (I have no shame.)
The big decision has been made…….I’m officially joining Judy’s Block of the Month quilt group. Here is my fabric selection and it is looking very Christmasy, but it all came from my stash. My stash consists mainly of small pieces of fabric – one yard or less. It is very easy for me to find enough fabric for a scrappy quilt, but finding large pieces for the borders is a challenge. This quilt will end up being partially scrappy, especially the center stars. And the outer border will be the Thimbleberries Christmas fabric (which I bought a while back to make a tablecloth).
Thanks Judy for your generosity in sharing this quilt and your excellent instructions.