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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Spinning Out

You've seen our Kaffe Faccett version of Spinning Out, a modern quilt.

Here it is in more traditional fabrics, this one by Lonnie. The print is frolicking sheep. So cute.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring Retreat - Post #5

Here they  are!  Thank you to my friends that joined me for our Ladies of the Lake Spring Quilt Retreat at Lake Panorama.

This is a special gift our retreat guests gave me. Each contributed a piece of fabric and Nancy J pieced this friendship pineapple block. I will treasure it always.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Spring Retreat - Post #4

Charity Quilts:

If you follow our retreats, you know we always do a charity project. This year, we had 2. 

The first one was a breast cancer awareness quilt donated to Kathy L, one of our regular quilt attendees presently going through treatment. Abbie Allen pieced, quilted and donated this beautiful pink and grey quilt and then each retreat guest signed it for Kathy.
I missed getting a picture of it at retreat but here is a picture before Abbie quilted it.

The second was made for one of our regular guests who could not attend this year because she has been hospitalized until her baby comes. So, we put together this baby quilt for her at retreat. Amy bought the kit and cut squares. Retreat guests each made half square triangle units from those squares. Then Amy pieced the top, JoAnne took it home Friday eve and machine quilted it. She bound it on Saturday and it is ready to deliver!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spring Retreat - Post #3

Next - A series of quilt tops as they start coming together.

Sue P. considers border options.

Sue R finished this lovely quilt top.

Amy B made this cute bag.

She immediately filled it up and started using it.

Nancy S made this quilt top for a relative who likes brights and loves lightening.

LaRue S finished this Labyrinth.

Deb S finished several quilts that will be used for doggie beds at the live animal shelter.

Nancy J finished this blue beauty, even prettier in person.

Lonnie K made this quilt top at retreat, Tulsa Town. This is the quilt that will be featured by our district during the All Iowa Shop Hop. Purchase the pattern and receive a free fat quarter. ANY FQ IN THE SHOP - YOU PICK.

This is Janet D's Christmas panel quilt.

Kathy L was working on this block of the month.

Nancy S was working on this, a kit her husband bought for her on a work trip. Factor in the green paisley carpet when looking at these quilt parts laying out on the floor.

Linda S made this cute horse themed quilt top for her husband.

Amy B created this quilt top we each named - Clam Shells - Bubbles - Hot Air Balloons - - - 

Well on it's way by Gloria R.

These are vintage, hand pieced (and I do mean pieced!) blocks I collected somewhere along the journey, made with authentic 1930s fabrics and feed sacks. The question; stitch them together or toss them? Consensus; make a doll quilt.

I also took advantage of some sewing time by finishing a bunch of small projects that were partly completed for demos, etc.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spring Retreat - Post #2

Everybody is set up and ready to go! Gayla was there to do massages, a bit of magic after several hours of sewing.

Isn't this a cute Thread Catcher/Pin Cushion? The base is a 6" ceramic tile.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Ladies of the Lake - Post #1

I am just home from another great quilt retreat at the Lake. We like to open our retreats with every quilter's favorite - - Show and Tell.

Janet showed us her first attempt at custom quilting a design. Nice.

Amy shared this baby quilt, just delivered by the machine quilter, JoAnne S. "Fox Among the Birches" is the pattern name.

JoAnne used this wood-grain pattern for quilting.

Nancy J shared this quilt, started many moons ago.

And another by Nancy J. For this quilt, Nancy took inspiration from the main fabric.

Gloria R borrowed this quilt back from her daughter and new son in law to show us at retreat.

Here's the label.

Kathy L showed us this quilt, a project from one of our retreats, several years ago. It doesn't matter when, done is always good.

Emily P showed her beautiful curve-pieced quilt.
This is Nancy's panel but take a look at the quilting

Val M showed us this darling quilt above and the very striking one below.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

New Fabrics!

Isn't this a sweet panel. It's 36", easy to convert to a Quilt of Valor.

And another fun panel of fancy timber animals. 

Shown here with coordinating fabric.
And here's a 5 piece grouping of sewing notions.