Friday, February 25, 2011

Retreat Success!

Well, this week ended our 3rd Annual "Sew Much Fun" Quilter's Retreat in Jerome. We had 4 days of quilty fellowship, too much good food, lot's of laughter, late nights, too little sleep, too much food, early mornings, learning new techniques, playing with new fabric, too much food, new friendships and too much food. Did I mention that we ate too much? The monks at the monastery where the retreat was held took very good care of us!

Carmen Geddes was our instructor for two classes: "Lone Star" the Quiltsmart way and "Over the Edge Borders & Bindings". I also taught a class of the use of our new GO! Cutter. The "Lone Star" class was the star of the retreat in my opinion. Most of us were able to finish our quilt top during the retreat. The borders and binding class was very comprehensive and covered how to insert piping into your seams and bindings. The GO! Cutter class seemed to be well received by all, and the Cutter was in use during the whole retreat.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Deana's "Colors In Fall"

I  just wanted to share this beautiful applique artquilt that my friend Deana pieced.  She was inspired by a photo of the quilt "Windswept", originally made by designer Nancy B. Dickey. I quilted it with Superior Metallic and Variegated Rainbows threads to simulate the veins in the leaves.  The background and borders are quilted with SoFine thread.  I also extended the leaves out into the outer border to draw the eye out to edges.  Interesting enough, I did not see Nancy's original quilt prior to quilting Deana's quilt.   Hope you enjoy.....