Saturday, June 13, 2009

fabulous weekend!

Well I must say, this was the most wonderful weekend! I was at the Alford Inn in Van Alstyne, TX for an overnight quilt retreat! It was glorious! The Inn is beautiful, comfortable & is also a quilt store! You can't ask for more than that. Oh & the owner, Cindy is a doll & her staff & family are so sweet!


I went with my friends, Joellen & Carol. There were other ladies there, new friends! & we all worked on different projects all weekend
The first thing I did was put together my quilt top of Red Letter Day fabrics. Remember the whole design process? Well I am sooooo happy with the results! I'm actually going to add one more border, of the tiny orange polka dot fabric, & then I'm going to have this quilted by one of the ladies who attended the retreat. She's a longarm quilter! YAY! & she has an allover pattern that is ducks....
I decided to name the quilt "Duck Pond" I just love the ducks & trees & it reminds me so fondly of when my kiddos were little & we used to take them to the duck pond to walk & feed the ducks!
Next, I decided to try my hand at a mini quilt. I pieced it by machine (those darned little squares are an inch & a quarter!) & then I did my very first machine quilting with my new walking foot. I think I did ok! Don't look too closely, it's not perfect but it was fun! All it needs now is binding.So, now it is midmorning on Saturday & my two projects that I brought are finished! What to do? I still had several hours of retreating left.....
Well, on Friday we had found a wonderful garage sale & I bought a whole bolt (15 yards!) of authentic pillow ticking for $11! So I decided to play around & see if I could make a grocery bag. I picked out some patriotic fabrics in the quilt shop & this is the end result....
I'm going to make more of these.... they are nice & sturdy & deep.... so that's what I did this weekend! I wish I could do this EVERY weekend! Sigh...
Back to reality

3 comments:

dharsch97 said...

Wouldn't the grandma who bought this ticking be surprised at how it was used!! LOVE IT!!

Amy said...

Wow!Looks like you had the best time EVAH!!! I've never been to a quilt retreat, but I'm hoping that one of these days I can attend - maybe when my kids figure out how to do something for themselves? Maybe?

LOVE the grocery bag with the ticking! I **heart** ticking!

Sue Jones said...

oh I love it. I need one