It’s quilting time again and off to retreat I went! The retreat center was packed to the rafters with wonderful women who love to quilt as I do. Thirty-five ladies went on the retreat and thirty-five beds were available at the center. Like I said, packed to the rafters.
It’s not just the retreaters that come to the center, but all the equipment, supplies, projects, notions, clothes, and miscellaneous that comes with them. I mean to tell you, we were packed in there.
Sewing machines were practically touching each other, to say nothing about chairs colliding with one another. A person could hardly walk down an aisle without turning sideways to fit through. It’s a good thing we all love each other!
Day One and the quilts were already going up on the design walls.
This quilt appeared in about three different versions. Turn the blocks around and you have a whole new quilt.
A similar pattern but different colors. Very nice!
The first quilt turned in a different way. Amazing!
These blocks were done by several people in the Bee and given to one special person. How lucky is she!
How did this one get done so fast? Most have done some work at home before the retreat.
Love the drama of this one. Contrast makes all the difference, doesn’t it?
This illusion quilt is beyond description. Playing with value and hue makes everything look three-dimensional. The background fabric has printed words. Look carefully and don’t miss a thing!
Done by same quilter as previous. Again there are no words!
This one reminds me of the front of an office building. Again the three dimensional look. Aren’t these quilts spectacular?
Day Two was equally great. More quilts on the design walls. More projects, more humming of machines, more talking and laughter. How could it be any better? But it was!
Very interesting! Each elk head was cut exactly the same. Amazing!
Some people made astounding progress on their quilt by making many many blocks.
Some people made less progress and made only one block. They were busy doing other things. . .talking, texting, messaging, talking, blogging, talking, visiting, talking, and talking.
P.S. This block was joined by many other blocks and became a full quilt by Day Three and a half.
Can’t take my eyes off these colors. Very striking!
Don’t you just love this quilt? So much to see!
Very interesting version of Log Cabin. Love the colors.
Now here is a real scrap user! Every block is different.
Don’t the windows make all the difference?
Who doesn’t love stars? The black background really makes it pop.
This is some wonderful fabric I found at retreat. I love the philosophy! The rules of life as revealed in fabric. Bee-utiful!
Now here is a commitment to making squares! Rock on!
Day Three – more of the same and some different. Quilts were being produced faster than I could keep up with. My camera was smoking! Thirty-five women and three days – I would expect no less.
Squares galore! Can you believe it?! And the Bargello effect is stunning!
More squares and some really interesting fabric.
Love the chains! Very nice effect.
I feel like I’m at the beach, don’t you?
I feel like I’m in Paris, don’t you?
Interesting use of color and tones.
Closeup of an interesting border to one of the quilts. I don’t believe you can have too much color in any one quilt, as evidenced by this one.
By the end of Day Three we were all starting to pack up for the trip home. So much was accomplished by so many. Not just the quilts, but the friendships, the relationships, the bonding we made in such a short time. When that many women eat together, sleep together, and work together, magic can happen. And it did! Wonderful, magical things happened at the full house!