I just got back from my quilt guild's first overnight retreat -- two nights and three days at the Seabeck Conference Center on a beautiful, woodsy campus in the Northwest. The top photo shows the building where the 13 of us were housed in spacious guest rooms, each with its own very nice bathroom.
These two photos show the building where we sewed. We were on the upper floor, with sweeping views of nature.
As soon as we set up our machines, Carol and I started making microwave bowl cozies. Mine, on the left, uses a square template and deeper darts. Carol's has rounded edges and shallower darts. They must be made with 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread otherwise they might blow up the microwave and wouldn't make such good gifts.
Meanwhile, our fearless guild president Barbara got started with these strips making a Jelly Roll 1600 quilt. She finished it the next day, including mitered borders with a striped fabric that looks like it was made to go with the jelly roll packet.
Then Carol started production of cordage, running seven different colored yarn strands through her a cording foot to produce one thicker cord. She sewed back over it a second time to make it stiffer, then sewed it into a coiled bowl.
|Carol's bowl still attached to the cordage used to make it.|
Later on that night, I was engrossed in my wool birds and Delaine was engulfed in a cloud of tulle.
Judy, above, worked on a beautiful, soft flannel quilt. Marie completed an intricate Jinny Beyer paper-pieced medallion, below.
More creativity and joking was going on across the aisle, but I didn't get pictures of everything. And somehow, unbelievably, I didn't get photos of the food! We had mountains of decadent snacks that we brought as well as huge meals in the dining hall served family style.
I'll leave you with two parting shots from a walk I took on Day 2 before the rain set in.
Have a colorful day