This last weekend I went to another retreat hosted by the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. The retreat was held in Hamilton, MO, in Missouri Star Quilt Company’s new Retreat Center. It was absolutely amazing. Missouri Star treated us so well. The Retreat Center was beautiful and so well done. The people were wonderful. They gave us an awesome walking tour and it was astounding to see all that they have done for the Hamilton community. If you get a chance to go to Hamilton, do it! Also, the weather was gorgeous on Friday and Saturday. It started to rain on Sunday, but that was the day we were leaving anyway. I have to thank the KCMQG Retreat Committee because they did an awesome job putting the whole weekend together. There wasn’t one single glitch!
I felt like I did so much in just the few days I was there. I also felt like I spent a lot of time not sewing, but I got a ton of stuff done! I don’t know how that happens.
When I got there on Friday afternoon, I got set up and I started working on the quilt I worked on at the previous weekend retreat. I needed to put one more border on.
There’s the finished top. This is for a little girl and I hope she’s going to love it. I think she will.
Then I started working on the back. This took awhile. I wanted to piece the back using scraps from the top. I ended up only using some of the scraps, but I’m pleased with how the back turned out. I didn’t finish the back on Friday night, but I got a good start. I had to buy the green and yellow solid borders on Saturday at Missouri Star’s solids shop. Yes, they have a shop just for solids. It wasn’t completed, but they let us in early. It’s going to be so amazing when finished because it was stunning in the mostly finished state.
Here’s the back of the quilt. Some of the purple border will go away because the back is larger than the top for quilting. It’s kind of a bonus quilt. I started piecing the giant log cabin and eventually ran out of scraps that were long enough. I didn’t want to do a lot of extra piecing, so I moved on with the solid borders.
After finishing the top and the back of that quilt, I moved on to bee blocks since I really needed to catch up after focusing most of my time on completing the quilt.
This block is for the Stash Bee. I had cut out the strips while at home and was going to work on it during the week, but things came up. This went together really quickly since I already had it cut. I love rainbows, so this block was fun to make.
You may recognize this pattern because I’m also having bee mates make this block. I made these Converging Corners blocks for another bee that I’m in. The blue, creams, grays, oranges, and corals look fabulous together. I love the pops of orange, coral, and blue. I’m sure this will be a stunning quilt.
Speaking of Converging Corners…
Merrie made these for me at the retreat. I’m so in love with these blocks. I love the gray linen. I love the orange. I love the aquas. It’s such the perfect combination. I can’t wait to get more blocks back and see them all together. Also, that Heirloom Joel Dewberry orange and aqua print in the middle might be my favorite fabric of all time.
Since Merrie made me some blocks, I made her some blocks, too.
Aren’t the spools awesome? I think this is the perfect bee block. It went together fast, wasn’t challenging, was super fun, and is just stunning when complete. Merrie was also working on these and I think she had five or six, including mine, by the end of the retreat. They were all hanging up on the wall and I cannot wait to see the quilt when it’s complete. I kept looking over at the ones on the wall and just being amazed at how cool it looked.
I whipped together a couple of bow tie blocks. These hardly count as a project because I think they took all of five minutes to complete. Easiest block ever!
These polaroid blocks are for the KC Scrappy Bee. Isn’t that one wonky block, cute? This was kind of an intense block. There are a lot of little pieces, but it was fun to see the pictures come together and the completed block is super cool. I am surprised I was able to find enough novelty prints in my stash. I kind of had to cheat with some flowers because I just didn’t have a lot of kitschy fabrics.
This post is going to end on somewhat of a sad note. We lost one of our guild members to cancer this last week. It just really sucks. I can’t really put it any other way. It totally sucks and isn’t fair and is so sad and upsetting and frustrating. Cancer is the worst and I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been affected by it in some way. Fuck cancer. Excuse my language, but that’s exactly how I feel. So what do you do?
Well, obviously, we’re making a quilt. Another member put together the perfect block for a quilt for the family. The low volume creams, whites, grays, pinks, and blues represent the sadness surrounding the situation. At least that’s what they represent to me. It reminds me of a rainy, dreary day. The pop of yellow/orange/gold is the one ray of sunshine that starts peeking out. And I hope that one ray represents the start of the healing process. Maybe is sounds kind of cheesy, but I don’t really care. These blocks go together super quickly. I made two at the retreat and then three when I got home. I have a total of 24 and I think we’ll probably get a few more. On a better note, it’s amazing to see how much people care about one another. There was an overwhelming amount of people who wanted to do something for the family and help in some way. I’ll make sure to post pictures of the finished quilt. Here are 20 of the blocks on the design wall at the retreat.