The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild holds a weekend retreat every spring. This year and last year, we had it at Missouri Star’s retreat center in Hamilton, MO. It’s such a fabulous time. The retreat center is perfect and I was super productive.
First, I finished putting together this quilt top. My second cousin is having a baby and I had a fat quarter bundle of this fabric. I’m trying to use my stash, so this worked out perfectly. I used the Yellow Brick Road quilt pattern that goes together super quickly. This is actually already quilted and bound and just needs a label. I’ll be taking it home to the new baby and parents in the middle of May for my other second cousin’s high school graduation!
I didn’t have a solid plan for this retreat, but I brought two pillow kits that I purchased from I Don’t Do Dishes. I had made one of her pillow kits before and I totally love them. All of the pillows are from the book Pillow Pop. I recommend it. Anyway, this one turned out SUPER cute, but those Union Jacks are hell. They need to be paper pieced. It’s just impossible to get everything to be perfectly square when you’re working with so many tiny tiny pieces. It still turned out great, though. I was binding it while visiting my grandparents and I used one of my grandmother’s pillows to check it out once it was finished. She kind of liked it on her pillow, so I just left it there.
See how tiny these are! This one actually turned out pretty square. There were some seriously wonky ones.
Then I took my second kit and made another pillow.
These are some very tiny HSTs, but I love how it turned out. The Peppered Cottons are wonderful. These colors match our bedroom so this is hanging out on the futon in our bedroom.
There were some squares left over so I put them together. This is actually also quilted and bound and on our dresser. I’ll take a pic of the finished item soon and get it up here.
Speaking of HSTs and left over stuff, this was created from the leftover HSTs from my Swoon quilt. I love love love the Tsuru fabric, so I couldn’t let these go to waste. This is also quilted and now hanging in my sewing room. I promise I’ll have pics of it soon, too.
I guess I was in the mood to finish things up because I stayed up late one evening and finished knitting this cowl. I haven’t worn it yet because it’s now pretty warm, but I’ve very excited to wear it once it’s cold again. This is just a simple simple project to get my feet wet with knitting.
The other project that I packed was something I needed to work on for a retreat I was hosting.
Aren’t these earrings awesome? I got the idea from a friend who sells these on Etsy. I have no interest in selling them, but they are perfect for gifts! I ordered the covered buttons in multiple sizes from Etsy along with the cardboard pieces and earring backs. These are great for scraps and I’m glad I got to use some of my scraps.
Ok. Moving on to new stuff. While I was hanging out in the shops at Missouri Star, I got a lot of inspiration.
First, I saw this hanging in their main shop. I’ve actually noticed it before and loved it, but was wrapped up in other things to really take an interest. I took an interest this time, though.
I bought the ruler, paper pieces, a charm pack, and background yardage to try this out. And I tried it out and LOVED it.
Pretty, right? I wasn’t a big fan of the Cotton and Steel prints, but I love how they turned out here. I’m more of a Cotton and Steel Basics gal. But more on that later. I love Carolyn Friedlander’s fabrics and this background matched perfectly with the Cotton and Steel prints.
This is Missouri Star’s Periwinkle pattern and Jenny has a couple of YouTube videos on it. The second video is a modified version. I don’t believe the modified version is needed. I didn’t use it. I still had to trim the sides of my block to have only a quarter of an inch in the end so my points would perfectly match up. If you’re a precise piecer, I would suggest using the original version.
Also, this project has quite a bit of waste for the background fabric. I have a bunch of leftover random triangles of the Carolyn Friendlander fabric that I plan on playing around with. I’ll let you know how that turns out. Also, I bought a TON of Cotton and Steel Basics to make a much bigger version of this quilt. It’s all cut and just waiting to be pieced. Now that my Swoon top is together, I need a go-to project when I have nothing else to work on. That’s what I have planned for that project. Cotton and Steel has charm packs of each of their Basics color ways and I bought one of each. So I’ll have four panels like the above and I’ll put them together for a larger quilt. I hope it will be a project that lasts awhile.
Along the same lines, I saw this Mug Rug hanging out in the main shop, too. It uses the same template as the Periwinkle quilt. I think there was a pattern to purchase for this, but I didn’t buy it. Instead, I made a few of my own using more Carolyn Friendlander fabric from a charm pack that I picked up.
The shop sample just had a solid piece on the back. I made mine reversible.
These were very easy and fun. I have absolutely no idea what I will do with them, but I love them.
While I was in the main shop buying the stuff for all of these projects, I also saw something else that inspired me.
Sorry for the crappy picture. I love these bow ties. I bought the Tumbler template for it and I will eventually make something similar.
Here’s another variation. I haven’t decided which variation I will do or when I will do it or what I’ll do with it, but someday I will do something. Haha.
My final project for the weekend was just something I threw in my bag at the very last minute.
I received two packs of these Moda hexagons from my aunt and uncle a couple of years ago. I watched the Moda tutorial and just started putting these rows together. They actually went together pretty quickly. They’re kind of fussy, but very fun. Missouri Star has a hexagon template that would probably make this easier, which is fine. I had these lying around so the worked. And now I have another quilt top.
So that was my weekend. It was all day Friday, Saturday, and until 2 or so on Sunday. I was SUPER productive and it felt really really nice to just sew and be surrounding by everybody else sewing. People were working on AMAZING things. Also, I shared a table with a member who works at the same company I do. I really enjoyed sharing a table with her since we have lots of things in common. I didn’t want to go home. I think everybody agreed that we could stay there week after week and just sew. Dreams…haha.