Left for Lake Arrowhead on Friday for my little quilting retreat with my girlfriends, Susan, Neena and Sherrie. The weather was beautiful and the skies were clear. It's so nice to go up there and leave the smog behind!
My first project I started was not out for very long. This is an old BOM from Quilt Ventura. It's a New York Beauty and I still had to paper piece the borders. After having it out for a little bit, I realized why I put it away!! I needed to tape the strips together to keep the triangles going and I did it wrong. For this mess, I need the help of my big sister. I have a feeling I'm going to have to start over. I was able to do a few strips but after that, this project went back in the baggie!!
The next thing I worked on was this old swap project called Glory Be because that was the name of the line of fabric. I had to make the HST's and the QST's to put this together. I can't take the credit for this setting. It was another swapper who had put hers together like this. Luckily, I printed the (two year old) email directions and kept it with this project. I love how it turned out. I have to check for a backing for it as it measures about 70" square. So much for a wall hanging!!! lol
My sister Isabel gave me a bag of Civil War reproduction fabrics. She really doesn't like them and has been trying to clean out her stash. I shared them with Susan and we cut them into 1 1/2" strips to make some log cabin blocks.
Here's a picture of our blocks. They have 5 light and dark logs with a 2 1/2" center square. I LOVE THEM!!!! I especially love the shirtings/creams. We decided we needed to make 24 for this layout. There will be more sewing this weekend to finish this one up. :o)
To keep our energy up, there were some yummy meals. One night we had Sopes (a thick corn tortilla kind of) topped with beans, chicken, guacamole and Spanish rice. Delish to say the least!
My friend Susan finished this Yellow Brick Road as a gift for a couple who took them to Hawaii earlier this year. She didn't care for it because it was so orange but it really is pretty. The friend it's for LOVES orange so we told Susan it doesn't matter if she likes it or not. lol
And my stamping buddy Neena spent the entire weekend sewing Thangles and cutting squares for this gorgeous project. It was a lot of preparation (and a little boo boo of sewing the wrong fabrics together) to get these five blocks done but now that all the hst's are put together, I'm sure she'll kick but getting the blocks together. Don't you love her choice of fabrics?
I think I am going to go see my hubby in Turkey already. Those talks are in the works. Gotta get my sewing fix in while I can in case I go to the other side of the planet!