Quilting Retreat at Becky’s

This is now our third retreat. My mom hosted the first one last June. Derenda hosted the second in September at her mother’s house in Hutchinson. And Becky hosted this third one at her beautiful house in Topeka.

These are some of the best and most fun weekends of my life. I love spending time with these fabulous ladies. And I never want the weekend to end. They are all so encouraging and inspirational and helpful. It’s amazing. I can’t even describe how awesome they are and how much fun we have.

My mom was working on finishing her January block, copying the bridesmaid dress pattern, and finishing her EPP dresden plate.

Mom's January Block

Mom's Dresden Plate

Mom's Dresden Plate

Derenda and Kim were working on making Schelp Twist Bags and they both finished one.

Kim's Bag

Derenda's Bag

Derenda’s Bag

I’m so sorry Derenda’s picture turned out so blurry. I thought I took two pictures, but I only took one. I probably was trying to take two in a hurry and in the process only took one and made it blurry. Sorry, Derenda! But you still look amazing blurry. 🙂

Becky was working on embroidery. She just began a project, so I don’t have a picture of what she was working on. However, she did make us all dishcloths!! Everybody knows these are the best dishcloths and I didn’t have one. But now I do thanks to Becky!

Washcloth

Debbie was working on a quilt. It has tiny tiny one inch squares that are made into trees. She had a lot of the one inch square blocks put together and was working on paper piecing the trees. This was her really first foray into paper piecing and we were all very excited she was doing it! As for the one inch squares, I’m in awe. She also finished crocheting a cowl that will be a present for her son’s girlfriend. The cowl was so beautiful that I am determined to make one even though I haven’t crocheted in forever and don’t have any idea how to read a pattern. Mom may be called in to help on that project.

Cec was working on a doll from French General’s Chateau Rouge line. Aunt Cathy was working on two sets of place mats. She has made like 144 sets of place mats, which is just amazing! I haven’t made 144 items, let alone 144 sets of one thing. Marilyn showed up for a few hours on Saturday. She showed us an adorable Santa wall hanging that she had made. I’m not a fan of Christmas stuff most of the time, but this Santa was really cute. I think I have a thing for Santa’s because those are the only Christmas items I’m drawn to. Mom has a Santa pillow that is absolutely adorable. Anyway, moving on…

I worked on pebble quilting my Madrona Road challenge quilt.

Pebble Quilting

I’m pretty impressed with myself. I was definitely intimidated by pebble quilting, but after stippling an entire quilt and finding that to be pretty easy, I just made up my mind that I was going to figure this out. And I did. It’s not perfect and there’s definitely room for improvement, but I’m satisfied. I got a lot of the quilt finished before my wrist started hurting. Free motion quilting is very strenuous, but I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finishing this quilt if I break it up into stages.

Mom and Aunt Cathy volunteered to make blocks for my Scrappy Bee quilt. When I was showing everybody the blocks, they volunteered to make one, too. Mom had already finished hers and Cathy and Kim made me one that day.

Mom's Wonky Cross Block

That’s the one my mom made for me. It’s amazing how well the aqua shot cotton ended up working with so many different fabrics. Everybody was able to find something from their stash that matched/coordinated with it.

Mom's Wonky Cross Block

Mom made this block for me while at the retreat. She pulled the fabric from my stash.

Cathy's Wonky Cross Block

Aunt Cathy made me that one. I would never choose that fabric on my own, but doesn’t it look awesome in that block? That’s what I like about this bee. I get a lot of different blocks that reflect everybody’s style and personality. And when the quilt is finished, I can go back and look at the blocks and remember who made which block. I LOVE that.

Kim's Wonky Cross Block

Kim made the above block. See how different each fabric is? But they still all look amazing. I think that is soooo cool.

Wonky Cross Blocks

And those are the blocks I have so far. I’ve made five of them. Can’t you just image how awesome a full quilt is going to look? I’m so excited.

On Sunday, I was so sad to pack up and leave that I decided to stop by Sarah’s Fabrics in Lawrence on my way back to KC. Probably not the best idea for my budget, but definitely needed.

Fabric from Sarah's

Andrew gave me some prints from the Simply Color line by V & Co. for Christmas. I wanted one more print in gray and found it at Sarah’s. The Herringbone is from the Madrona Road for the binding on my challenge quilt. I completed used all of the fabric that was provided, so I had to get some of this. Plus, it was my favorite print in the line and I bought extra to use for some other future project. And I ran out of aqua shot cotton at the retreat, so I needed more for binding and maybe more blocks. The chevron fat quarter was a bonus because I can’t turn down chevrons. I don’t know how I didn’t end up buying more. Sarah’s is just amazing. It’s overwhelming and fabulous. They had so many chevrons and polka dots and Tula Pink and Simply Color and shot cottons and solids and everything. They have everything I have ever wanted. Haha.

Flannels

I also picked up some flannels for receiving blankets for some coworkers who have had a baby or are going to have a baby soon. The ones on the left are organic. They were pretty spendy, but I really like the fact that they are organic. Plus, those elephants are super cute.

Flannel Elephants

See? Cute, right? How could that not make you happy? Well, it helped my sadness, but not completely. I got home and Andrew was just a little sad that I wasn’t as happy to see him as I could’ve been. I was happy to see him, but I was also sad that the weekend was over. But I have next time to look forward to. And it’s already been scheduled for April. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Kim’s avatar

    I am so excited that my very first quilt block will be displayed in your quilt – yeah!!! And it was a super fun weekend!!!!
    Also, I know you like several types of fabric, but do you have a favorite? And do others have a favorite? I’m just starting to “build my stash” and am curious what people think.
    Thanks!

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    1. Lesley’s avatar

      I’m so glad that your first quilt block will be in my quilt!!!!

      People definitely have favorite fabrics. I think most quilters lean toward designer fabrics like Robert Kaufman, Moda, Michael Miller, etc. You can usually only purchase those at quilt shops/online…not at Joann’s. I also really like solids and brighter prints…more modern designs…and that’s more of my style. I try to round out my stash with fun prints and solids in every primary color. And then I try to keep a good amount of yardage of neutrals like white, cream, gray, and black. I keep my stash fairly small and mostly buy fabric for specific projects.

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    2. becky’s avatar

      Yes, all 3 weekends have been so much fun! I’ve already been looking at hotel rates for the next retreat at your place. Thanks for all you did to make it an inspiring and relaxing weekend.

      When you were working on your hexies, what size were you making? I’m going to do those the next several months and am thinking about getting a layer cake or jelly roll. I could cut 2 1/2″ for 2″ hexies, I think, but want to make sure they aren’t too small.

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      1. Lesley’s avatar

        I’m so excited for the next weekend!

        I was using 2 1/2″ squares for mine and I think they are 2″ hexies, but I’ll double check tonight. I’m planning on cutting down charm packs for my next hexie project, but a jelly roll would be a good idea, too!

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      2. Joni’s avatar

        Kim, you can never go wrong with anything Moda. That is one of my favs, but there is so many lines out there. Mostly it’s just a fabric you like. One thing to think about is that a line all coordinates so it’s easy to make things go together. I had a great time this weekend and looking forward to April!!!!

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      3. Kim’s avatar

        I’ve heard the term Moda several times – I’m going to have to check that line out. Thanks for the advice about solid prints and mixing in fun prints – can’t wait to shop!

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        1. Lesley’s avatar

          Their website is unitednotions.com and you can see all of their designers and lines there. And they run a really great side for fun projects…modabakeshop.com.

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        2. Kim’s avatar

          I was looking at the pictures again and your pebble quilting looks awesome. That technique is going to make that quilt rock. I didn’t know there were so many options to kind of put that “icing on the cake” when it comes to accenting a quilt. Cool!

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          1. Lesley’s avatar

            That’s what really makes quilting awesome. Not only do you have a ton of pattern options, but you then have a ton of fabric options, and then a ton of quilting options. The combinations are endless…

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          2. becky’s avatar

            Kim, the great thing about quilt shop quality fabric is just that, the quality. You can really see and feel the differences. Also, if you want to make a small project, you might be able to invest much less money for a charm pack (5″ fabric bundle) rather tha buy yardage of each fabric in the line. Also, many of the designers have lines that coordinate with their other lines so you can efficiently use leftovers for another project.

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          3. Kim’s avatar

            I have seen the good quality of fabric at quilt shops and am excited to be shopping at the annual Superbowl sale for me this time. Can’t wait!! Charm pack, that sounds cute. 🙂

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