Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Another Retreat Farewell!

I waved off the May Quiltvillians yesterday morning -

What a fantastic and fun group of ladies.

Yesterday was also the first "donning of the shorts" day - temps reached FINALLY about 80 degrees and since it was sunny and I'd be running back and forth to flip laundry - once the ladies were gone no one was there to be blinded by the whiteness of my winter legs.  LOL!

I will miss the creative mess in Tracy's corner.  She got nearly half of the needed blocks for her Big String Quartet done!

This little scene just pulls me in and makes me happy.

It's all cleaned up and cleared away now - waiting for the next person to sit in "Tracy's spot" and stir up a creative mess of their own.

The Quilter's of the Night arrive today after 4pm.

Thanks for all of the fun, ladies!

Fish School Leader & Ender finish (Free Patterns tabGrand Illusion and En Provence.

Solo shot of En Provence. It looks so lovely over the rail!

Dawn's Early Light (in blue and lavender!) from String FrenzyMaymont, cute heart quilt, a Karen Nyberg star pattern, and a Pineapple Blossom top underway in 1930s prints.

For fun - here's a little video slideshow from a Dawn's Early Light workshop in Texas in 2019:

Do you have this one as as UFO? Memorial Day kicks off what I call "Flag season" and runs all the way through labor day - so pull it out and work on it! No matter what colors - it's a fun one.

If blue and lilac are your jam - go for it!

Tracy's Maymont in the sunshine!

Two fun top finishes from retreat on the left - not sure of names- if you know, please put them in the comments section below!

Charlotte got her Unchained put together - and the potato chip/tatami mat quilt at the far right belongs to Sharon who had an emergency and had to take off early, but we told her we'd include her top in the over-the-rail photos.

Perfect with the blooming flame azaleas!

(Which seem to be really happy this year.)

Rebecca had two top finishes - also unsure of mames, so if you know - leave them in the comments section below! I love how bright and happy they are in the sunshine.

Two more finished tops!

(Names unknown)

What a lovely show of quilts this go round! With all of the rain we had through the week, the ladies really did put their pedals to the metal and cranked out some beautiful quilts.

First fire pit of the 2024 seasn!

Click to Play:

Those coals were HOT!

Fire Pit season is OPEN!

Thanks again for a marvelous retreat week, May Quiltvillians!  We'll see you next time!

This happened last Friday!  Did you get your entry in on that post?

I'll be drawing for two winners who will each receive a Mabel's Choice PDF pattern from me and a Mabel's Choice cotton roll from Cotton to Quilts.

Check out the sweet prints and plaids!

Such a great stash enhancer!

We'll draw for our winners by random number generator on Monday, 5/27/24.

Create this striking quilt with just 3 shapes and boundless scraps! Easy instruction and alternative cutting directions along with full-color photos and graphics to ensure success.

Great for 1930s/1940s fabrics!

Quilt Size: 72’’ X 84’’

Optional but helpful: Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool.

Traditional rotary cutting methods are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

Introductory pricing:

Price is marked 25% off already - no coupon needed!

Sale good through 5/31/24.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Happiness will never come to those who don't appreciate what they already have.
Start by appreciating the little things TODAY.

And yes - that includes making 12 beds and folding all of the towels -I'm off to get it done.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!



  1. Love the over the rails pictures. They are such candid shots of the quilts and their makers. The picture of the quilter in front of her quilt, leaning over to look at the Dawn's Early Light quilt makes me smile. Great shot. Great quilts. Great quilters.

  2. The picture with the large motif flowers next to the labrynth design is Wildflower Seeds by Kelli Fannin. I completed mine in a sew-along a year or so ago, sponsored by Riley Blake Designs.

  3. Winter white legs cracked me up! Marilyn Marks

  4. Anonymous10:16 AM EDT

    What is the name of quilt in the 10th photo with the colorful string blocks with black borders. Only one corner of the quilt is being shown.

  5. Anonymous10:16 AM EDT

    The quilt on the left in the last over the rail photo is called Wildflowers Seeds by Kelli Fannin. Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer last fall.

  6. Rebecca's quilt on the right is the Iris Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting.

  7. Beautiful quilts May Quiltvillians! I love the pics of quilts hanging over the rail with the proud quilters standing behind them. Sorry that Sharon had to leave early, I hope everything is ok. Thanks for identifying the quilts with names when you can, Bonnie, and...I took my Indigo Way quilt off my longarm yesterday and trimmed it up! Binding is on the list for today. :-) Jenny

  8. Great Job May Quiltvillians! In front of me is a Moving and Sorting Job. I think I would rather make 12 Beds. Getting my Stash in one room. Not an easy task after all these years. Happy Wednesday!

  9. I'm fascinated by the border on the blue/purple quilt, interesting way to finish it off. All the quilts are beautiful. Bonnie, your yard is gorgeous.

  10. Bonnie...I love it when you record a video for us. So much fun!! Thank you.

  11. Oh, I love " Over the rail" days! It sounds like a fun weekend had by all. Mother Nature helped by keeping y'all inside... HA! But also glad that you got to get out & stretch the legs. I love the "Dawn's Early Light" pattern, & may have to pull it out & think about it in the future. Too many irons in the fire now & not enough time to do them in! Enjoy those shorts... but don't feel bad; I'm a member of that "winter white legs" club, too! Happy quilting!!

  12. My favorite of all the retreat posts. ANYWAY, I have a question. As far as paper piecing is concerned, I remember at one time you said you used telephone book pages. I'm worried about ink transfer, is that ever a problem? (Like when your hands get ink-dirty when you read the paper.) (If you still read the paper.) I'm planning a light-to-medium project and am worried about ink stains. Thanks. You continue to be on my "Most Admired List"!!!


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