Monday, November 23, 2009

Quilting Fun At The Beach

Hello Everyone,

Recently I had gone on my yearly quilting retreat with my buddies. I have to say, that these are just the best group of ladies. They are fun and extremely talented!! I love you all!!

Funny thing is that each year our retreat gets longer and longer not by hours but by days. It is great because we get tons accomplished. We go to a wonderful place along the Connecticut Shoreline called the Mercy Center. It is beautiful and serene. We really lucked out with some wonderful November weather this year.

So here are some of the projects that I worked on and completed. First up, my Black and White Challenge quilt. Yes, I will be posting it the the Black and White site too.



Anna, the Wilson pose is for you!


My roomy, Diane and I, had fun playing with the remaining Kaffe half square triangles and came up with this wonderful design. The top is all together now and just needs quilting.



This project I started years ago when I took a Judy Niemeyer class. The Double Wedding ring is all paper pieced!! Great technique. I just need to add the saw tooth borders and the large outer borders. But as you can see, I didn't bring quite enough fabric with me. So I WILL finish it this year!!


This is a bag that I made while there. I had originally purchased a bag from Wanda and loved it. My roomy loved it too and asked what the pattern was. I e-mailed Wanda and it was an Indygo Junction pattern that is no longer published. So what did Diane and I do, we just figured out how to make it on our own!! I love it!


Here is my terrific group of quilting buddies!! Standing right near the beach.


A few more photos of our wonderful setting.



Gorgeous isn't it??

So if you would like to see more of our quilty weekend, I made a slideshow which you can view HERE complete with sound or HERE without sound. Enjoy!!

*** This just in... New Kaffe, Philip Jacobs, and Kona Cottons added to my web store!! Remember to use the code luvfabric to get an extra 10% off!***

Until Next Time...

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37 comments:

Gina said...

Fantastic work!
Fabulous place!
You have done a wonderful job!
My favourite is the black and white one. Beautiful

Christine said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time.

cheers
Christine

love the bag, was it difficult to make?

Messy Karen said...

what a beautiful bag. love the pink trim. i have a piece set aside for a project. but what a fantastic place to meet. the combination of sewing and walking by the water. thrilling!

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodnes you got a lot done...any sleeping? :o) LOVE the white and Kaffe quilt.

Catherine said...

Sounds like a terrific time! Your things are all so georgeous! And what a beautiful spot to get together.

karenfae said...

what a wonderful looking place and good friends to share it with. I'm afraid I would have spent most of my time outside wandering the beach area - it looks so pretty. You all got a lot of work done. I did that Judy Niemeyer quilt too - but I did mine by hand complete with the applique border :) I like your "Wilson" pose - miss that show!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Thimbleanna said...

How wonderful to have a quilt weekend at the beach! LOVE the Wilson pose -- beautiful quilt -- I'm going to have to take notes and take quilts with me everywhere for my Wilson Poses LOL! And, I LOVE what you came up with for the extra half square triangles -- it's gorgeous!!!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

fun stuff! what a great weekend!

Nedra said...

What a beautiful setting to get so much done. Aren't retreats with girlfriends the best?

Needled Mom said...

WOW!!!! You got a lot done. All of your projects are gorgeous, but I love the Kaffe HST setting!!!!

paulette said...

Fabulous views, gorgeous quilts and wonderful friends...a person can't ask for much more! Glad you had fun!
Paulette

Laurie said...

Woweee! You really did a lot of work! I watched about half of your video and everything looks so much fun! Have you turned into a wild hog mama while we weren't looking?? Glad you had a great time!
Laurie

Gloria J W said...

Boy...oh boy.... you quilted heaps...I'm impressed!! What a great retreat!! And your quilts and bag look wonderful as well!! I can just imagine how much stuff I would have to cart along... lol... Rainbow smiles... Gloria

alobsiger said...

Love your getaway projects! Sounds like a blissful time away!!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Fantastic quilt projects. Love all the great patterns and coordinated fabrics. A pleasure to browse too.

PunkiePie said...

What fun! I love the B&W challenge with the pinwheels and bit of orange. Just pops! Your HST design is awesome as well!

Diane J. Evans said...

Okay -- you're not allowed to show pictures of the BEACH to those of us who long to be by the water! But it sure looks as though you had a ton of fun -- and your projects are wonderful! My favorite is the B & W quilt, too!

Diane

Barb said...

Glad you had a good time....all the projects are wonderful!!!

Cathi said...

What a great place to have a retreat! All those pieces are gorgeous. I really love your Fassett HST design! So cheerful!

Vesuviusmama said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun, and it seems you got quite a bit done!

Sherri said...

Every project is wonderful...love, love, the Kaffe half-square triangles! And what a wonderful setting for your retreat...just gorgeous!

Marls said...

I can understand why the retreat gets longer looking at the fantastic work you have achieved, and the most glorious setting.
That Black and White quilt has certainly got some zing to it-I love it but then I love them all in the post.
Thanks for sharing.

em's scrapbag said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. And your quilts are gorgeous!

Pat said...

What a wonderful place for a quilting getaway!!!

Quilts on Bastings said...

What fantastic projects - I particularly like your black and white quilt - I love the orange in it, just stunning.

Sweet P said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful retreat. Your quilt is gorgeous.

wishes, true and kind said...

What a wonderful and inspiring weekend -- and so much accomplished. No wonder it creeps up in length each year :0

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love your black and white quilt, stunning!! what a fun time in a beautiful place!!

Vicki W said...

It sounds like it was a great trip and I love ALL of your projects!

Anina said...

I love retreats!
A double wedding ring is on my to-do list. I love the colors in yours.

Annemariesquilt said...

ohhhhhh I wish I was there...............
Your pics from the quiltretreat looks so nice especially at the seaside.

Kim D. said...

Looks like you had a fun time. The quilts and that bag are lovely.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Fun! Love retreats. Love them. Your quilt is fab. I'm so glad you got to be with friends.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love all the quilts Jackie, the black and white is stunning, looks like you all had a good time.

julieQ said...

I love the projects you pictured, and am so happy you had a great time!

Miri said...

Looks like you had a great time!

Love the DW quilt (saw your comment on Eileen's-she inspired me to take mine out of the closet and mark it for quilting!)

SandyQuilts said...

I love the boxy bag and the fabric.

How do you get that edge over the zipper? Could you give me the raw size before sewing? Are their raw edges inside?

I've tried several times and it's either too too big or way too small.

thanks

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