And the retreaters brought quilt finishes from previous workshops and mysteries to show & share!
Our first night, Friday –was my presentation night, so we arranged for Show & Share to happen after dinner on Saturday night before we all got sewing again.
And the finishes were just gorgeous!
Andrea brought her Smith Mountain Morning that she had started in a workshop with me at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey a couple of years ago.
I love it!
She has added an extra border to make it a bit bigger, and she did such a fabulous job putting this together.
Smith Mountain Morning is found in my book Scraps & Shirttails II.
Pat brought her Sister’s Choice!
I love Pat’s colors – her quilts are always so fresh and fun. This oine was in blues and yellows.
And I must say that Pat is a trooper –and I am always so glad to see her! She has done every mystery with us since the first one, and she is shown here proudly wearing her Carolina Crossing tshirt from Zazzle.com! If you sesarch for Quiltville items there, you will find all kinds of things –with proceeds all going toward the purchase of backings and battings for charity quilts. The zazzle shop is run by our friend Forest Jane who does our logos every year for the mystery. And we thank her greatly!
Charlotte’s Orca Bay from String Fling!
Purple and Orange and Lime Green, Oh My! Yep – we can count on Charlotte to go wild with color! I am always inspired by what she puts together.
Charlotte’s Grand Illusion!
Wendy’s Grand Illusion!
Isn’t this beautiful? Her colors and piecing were just so so so nice! And you have got to check out this quilting:
Walking Foot Diagonals!
This quilt was quilted on a home sewing machine – a Bernina, not a long arm. Regular sized machine. Her advice? Baste it well! And it helps if your daughter is around to help you roll the quilt and throw it over your shoulder as you sew! Isn’t this fun to look at? I love it!
A Gorgeous Moth in the Window!
Oh how I love all of these colors floating in a sea of purple! If you look closely you an see that she has used a giant paisley for the border..it’s perfect for this quilt in every way!
Moth in the window is from my Addicted to Scraps column with Quiltmaker Magazine. This block is one of the blocks from my upcoming online course, Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter with Craft U. If you have always wanted to make Moth in the Window, and learn to use the Easy Angle Ruler at the same time, sign up for my course. It runs from Oct 12 to Nov 23, 2015.
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An extremely wonderful Jamestown Landing from String Fling!
I get so excited when I see what you have done with your scraps! And I just love this quilt! Great job!
Emily’s Crumb Sampler!
A special family quilt!
I am holding the photo of Ann and her great aunt who lived with her while this quilt was made. Her great aunt had broken her hip and back then they were not as able to fix things as they are today and she had trouble for the rest of her life. Vivid memories live on of her great aunt sitting on “that end” of the couch and piecing piecing at every waking minute! The quilt behind the photo is a special one that she remembers her aunt making while she was little.
I love family quilt stories like this! From what we were told, her aunt worked from donated scraps from other ladies. At that time in the 1950s, dresses and skirts were mostly cotton and scraps were abundantly given from friends and relatives who made clothing but did not quilt. It was a happy story all the way around.
The fabrics in the quilt are 1950s house dress cottons. Wonderful!
Ann is at the far right next to her special great aunt.
My show & share!
I did get time to sew in the evenings. It was SO fun feeling like I was part of the retreat too, and I enjoyed the ladies so much. Oh, yes – we played music, we sang, we danced, we laughed, we chatted –You just can’t beat that Frankie Valli channel on Pandora!
I was able to get a few more rows added to my tumbler quilt. The rows were already done, I just haven’t had time to get them on.
Another row ready to add!
Close up of some fun scrappies!
There are now 11 rows together. I am loving this leader & ender challenge this year!
Do you want to join us on this year's Leader & Ender Tumbler Challenge? You'll find the instructions under the Free Patterns tab, and the Easy Dresden Ruler we are using is available in the Quiltville Store.
We did have a little bit of a round discussion about “THOSE FOLKS” who must not understand just what a Leader & Ender project is…because they finished their quilts and had them bound within a couple of weeks time.
This is meant to be a year long project!
Leader & Ender quilts are made from individual pieces sewn in between the lines of chain piecing other things to keep your piecing continuous. It takes a long time to build a quilt this way, but at the end of the year you had a free quilt with no time given to it really, and you keep the thread covered throw away bits of junk fabric you’ve been using as “thread bunnies” or “Sew betweens” out of your trash.
If you make the Leader & Ender project as your MAIN project and you go to town on it, finishing it in a week or two, does it really count as a Leader & Ender project??
You still have a great finish. I’m thrilled that you were so inspired by what we were doing that you just went gung ho – like eating the whole chocolate cake in one sitting.
But while doing that, I hope you had something ELSE as your Leader & Ender project because SOMETHING has to be the Leader & Ender SOMEWHERE!
It reminds me of the commercial “How many licks to the center of a tootsie pop??” One, Two, THREE! CRUNCH!
Slow down – life is too fast as it is!
And that is just what I’m doing. I drove from Boiling Springs, PA all the way to the cabin yesterday. It took about 7 hours..and I was so wiped out when I got here that I unloaded the groceries and took a nap.
I am enjoying some of this!
And some of this with feet up in my comfy chair!
I’m glad to be able to enjoy Labor Day at the cabin…there is no mail service today, so it does me no good to rush home. I’ll head home tomorrow and tackle everything that has been piling up over the past 12 days. But for today?
I’m off the clock!
Happy Labor Day, everyone!