Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quilt Tops Finished at Our Annual Quilt Retreat

Hello Everyone,

This past Sunday I arrived home from my annual quilting retreat with my friends and I wanted to share with you some of what I and my friends accomplished while there. This will be a 2 part post. So here come the pictures...

First we had a challenge to do for this year. We all had to use the mottled batik in the border of this SECOND quilt and had to incorporate it with up to 6 more fabrics. The project could be no bigger than 45 X 45 and no smaller than 25 X 25. Here are our interpretations...

Erica pieced this beauty.

Maria paper pieced this beauty.


I paper pieced this beauty.

Joan piece and appliqued this beauty.

Julie pieced this beauty.

Diane free form pieced this beauty.

Isn't it just amazing how they all came out so different from just using one focus fabric?? Next year's challenge is simple. We are to make a black and white project, but may only add one color. If any of you in cyber land would like to join in I would love to see what you make and you have a whole year to do it!! Just e-mail me your pictures and indicate in your comment that you will be participating.

Now onto the projects that I finished while at our retreat. My goal was to bring projects that I had already started. I had to complete the tops and the backings so that they would be ready to go onto my long arm when I arrived home.  So here is what I accomplished...

My Mary Englebreit top and backing.

Some of you will remember my mystery quilt. It is now done and the backing is as well!! Yay!

This one is my Ramblin Rose BOM that I taught at Gone Quilting when it was still open. It is for our bed and my hubby really likes this one. He is excited to get a new quilt on our bed.

This one is from the Laurie Shifrin class Mango Tango that I took not too long ago. Gee looks like next years challenge is already complete... LOL... not!

This is an oldie but a goodie. I had started this pineapple quilt about 7 -8 years ago. I had all the pineapple blocks done and sewn together, but no borders. So I brought it with me and everyone helped me to plan the border and get it done with the backing complete!!

So I finished all the projects that I set out to complete and started a new one. This one is a strata quilt and I absolutely love it!! I have exactly half of the quilt complete.  These are truly my colors. I just love the bright fuchsia, yellow, and purple. This is from a pattern called Fabulous by 4th and 6th Designs. They also have a book out called Strata Various. Great book!

Let's see how long to finish this one.

One last note, you can see some more beautiful eye candy here. I just posted some new customer quilts and they can be seen on my website in the gallery or on any page under Recent Additions. Also, my November Newsletter is online and there are some interesting things you may be interested in. So what are you waiting for.... go check it out here.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!


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26 comments:

Eileen said...

Oh Jackie. This is a FAB post. I am awed with all the gorgeous batik quilts. What creativity going on there. I can't pick a favorite.
And all the new ones you got completed.. that is awesome! I love the colors in the mystery quilt and the pineapple.. the border on that one turned out so pretty!
Ok. I have been wanting to do a black and white quilt for a long time.. and yesterday in Jane's Fabrics and Quilts post there was a picture of one from a show with two little specks of red. I thought is was very interesting and eye-catching. So I think I'm going to join in on this one. I may even make two, I have two sons who would both love B&W quilts.

Karen said...

Wow! What a productive retreat. The challenge quilts are wonderful. Love, love the Mystery quilt. I could just snuggle under that right now. :) All of them are great. Good job.

Tine said...

What a lot of beautiful quilts! That pineapplequilt is amazing, it must feel good to have finished that :)
Your mysteryquilt is awesome!!! Wow!

Stephanie said...

I love seeing how each person can start with the same fabric and come out with such different end results. Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous quilts. I have started collecting black and white fabrics with the intent to one day make a quilt. Hmmm...is this challenge a year long one?

julieQ said...

Wow, it is so neat that each person showed their creativity by such a different technique. Just beautiful! Love the parade of quilts, so beautiful!

jacquie said...

whoa jackie. you have a great time and talk about productivity. i adore that mary e. quilt. i do need to get some of that fabric.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

OK!!!! HOLD IT!!!! You did all that in a weekend!! I am trying to get my breath back! What an incredible group of talented women. I am awe struck with all the beauty. I have an offer for you in my eBay store I have a set of 30 black and white fat quarters on sale, if anyone from your challenges says they are in your challenge, I will take $5 off the price. Wow, I can do a nine patch!!! hugs!

em's scrapbag said...

Wow! That is some great eye candy. I love how different everyones quilt came out. You have some very talented friends.

boutcrazy said...

I can't decide which is my favorite, they are all beautiful. Great Job!!

Thimbleanna said...

Great quilts Jackie! It looks like you girls had a great time with your challenge. You've been one busy gal. And Holy Cow -- that strata quilt looks like it's going to take forever!

Jackie said...

Hi Everyone, I hope you all are having a great day quilting!! Jackie

Dandelion Quilts said...

Jackie, I cannot believe all you accomplished! Wow doesn't even begin to cover it. I loved seeing all of the quilts in the challenge, too. I like that paper pieceing! Quite pretty. Your mystery quilt is HUGE. I love it. Oh, but my favorite must be the Mary E. :) Gorgeous!

Annemariesquilt said...

Lots of lovely quilts at your place today. I especially love the one you paper pieced and I have always wondered how they are made. Now i know, you paper piece them, hmmm...
Maybe even I can make one of thoose now, great.
I would love to join your group to make a black and white quilt. Please may I??

Mary Beth said...

Wow, Jackie, talk about jamming in so much in a single post! It was great to see pictures of some of my favorite quilters and their works. The mystery quilt is so fun looking. One day I can see making something like that myself w/ my favorite 12 inch pieced blocks and a stack of Thangles and a stack of my favorite fabrics. The border on the pineapple quilt is wonderful. Good team approach too. The strata quilt is AMAZING looking. I love the pinks and purples. Our guild's last speaker might have done that herself w/ batting and backing at the same time (quilting as you go, ya know). I will be filing that info. Now I had better get quilting to keep up w/ you. (Sigh. If only Miss Baby Violet would let me.............)

henny said...

Jackie,
wuahh...amazing all those quilts. I love all of them, confused to pick which is my fave :)
Ok, I'll take your challenge for next year white-black project.
Btw, thanks for your advice about the batting to my first project. You know Jackie, I was busy browsing last weekend for online order and also ask one of my good old friend from 10 years ago(we seldom to keep in touch). Guess...it was really my good luck, she want to give me by mail a 6 metres of dacron quilt batting as a gift!! Wow, Now I'm really glad...just wait to see mine. Have a nice day!

Jennifer Bryan said...

What beautiful quilts! I wish I could have been there...the dragon fly batik is superb!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

oh jackie, what lovely ladies and lovely women. Great projects!

randi---i have to say said...

I love the idea of everyone making a quilt from the same fabrics. Isn't is wonderful that they come out so different and unique?

Michelle said...

Hi Jackie, Amazing! You are a paper piecing genius. (I have never tried) They are all really beautiful. Hope you enjoyed your retreat. I want to go back already. haha Michelle

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

LOVE your quilts and the quilts of your friends. Each one is so interesting. Looks like you'll be busy at the long arm.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What what a wonderful show and tell ...what the ladies have done is amazing and as always you have blown me away with your work.

Teresa said...

What can I say but WOW!!!! What a wonderful collection of quilts to inspire and admire. You and the ladies did outstanding on your challenge - I kept thinking, I like this one best...no this one..no this one. And you accomplished so much at your retreat - my gosh, how long were you there??? A month???? Thanks for sharing all the pictures, makes me want to take off and go home and get to work.

Ginger Patches said...

You have some very talented ladies in your group. Beautiful quilts! I started a ME quilt just like yours...mine is not finished yet, but now I want to get busy on it...so cute!!

Hanne said...

Lovely quilts - thanks for sharing :-)

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing. I love your mystery quilt.
Christine

MouseChirpy said...

Absolutely stunning quilts! I dream of learning how to quilt every time I see such lovely work. Maybe one of these days I will buckle down and learn this wonderful craft. For now, I will just stare and drool at all of the loveliness.
Aloha!

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