Monday, July 29, 2013

That Extra Day....

Hello Everyone,

The retreat officially ended yesterday, but there were a few stragglers that are staying until today!  That would include me, my buddy Ginny, and my new Canadian friends Roger and Ardelle Kerr.

So yesterday, we did a little bit of several things....

Ardelle had stayed up late on Saturday night to finish her Mariner's Compass Quilt.  Like her husband Roger's Feathered Star, she used a combination of silks and cottons.  

I love the colors that she chose too.  Totally something I wouldn't have picked, but I am in LOVE with it!!  Gorgeous!

Here is a close up of the center.  You can see a mix of some cotton fabrics here.  They add a slight bit of texture.

The guys holding the quilt in the natural light outside so we can get a good photo.  That is my hubby on the left and Ardelle's on the right.

Then the girls took a ride over to see our friend, Vicki Ibison.  Some of you may know her by reading about her in the last issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.  She is an extremely talented machine quilter and has won many awards!

When we walked in my eyes went directly to this Kaffe quilt that one of her customers had dropped off for quilting.  As you know I just love Kaffe fabrics and quilts and this one was no exception.

Vicki was kind enough to share with us some of her quilting secrets and we learned a lot!  She was quilting the Bali Wedding Star that you see on her machine and it is turning out wonderfully!

She also showed us some of her doodlings and how she goes about creating various kinds of feathers.  Very interesting and gives me a whole new perspective on quilting my quilts.

Then after our visit with Vicki, we went back to get some more sewing in....

And I was able to get all these units complete for my Arizona Cactus Quilt.  You can find the pattern and kit in my online shop by clicking here.

Roger and Ardelle both worked on...

Geese at My Wedding Table Runner.  They used a combination of Kona Solids and Silks.  I just love this color combo.

My friend Ginny worked more on her Captain's Wheel.  It is just turning our stunning.  Choosing red, white, and blue for the colors was genius.

Today we are heading back home and will have lots less uninterrupted sewing time.  It was great to have a week dedicated to our projects and feeling a great sense of accomplishment.

But best yet, we made some great new friends!!

If you would like to see photos from the whole week, just click here.

Until Next Time...

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