RETREAT REPORT : First of a series

I went to the second annual Sew Crazy Retreat at LION’S BEAR LAKE CAMP in Lapeer, MI this past weekend. ( January 23-24-25th) I had an absolute blast. My table partners were Joyce and Carol Ann two delightful 80s something ladies. They regaled me with stories about their 58 year friendship and what FLINT MI was like in the old days. And boy could these gals do some sewing. They were funny and interesting and kept me on my toes. I camped in cabin #5 with Charlie and her crew of friends and we had a wine and cheese party that first night. This group of friends had been sewing together for years also.

I will be posting some pictures of various quilt projects being worked on and some finishes in a future post. I was so busy taking pictures of other people quilts I did not do a good job of keeping an update of my quilt project. I started out with one assembled row at the beginning of the retreat on Friday afternoon. I was able assemble rows 2 thru 6 and am on the final piecing of blocks for row 7. Below is the last picture I took of the quilt on Saturday afternoon. From then on I forgot to take pictures.

I cut all my focus (BIG) fabric blocks from fall fabrics from my stash. There are no repeats of any of the fabrics. I was able to cut four 2.5 inch strips along with the main focus block from a fat quarter. I had to assemble the blocks individually. The original pattern uses yardage of fabrics and strip piecing making it an easier pattern to make. I have 6 blocks across and 7 rows down. It should measure about 84 x 98 without the borders… planning on a king size quilt. I will be putting some

My girlfriend ROXIE has used the pattern several times and she loves it.  It is her go to pattern when she needs a fast quilt.  She uses yardage and strip pieces the secondary blocks.  I of course have to do mine the hard way no easy chain or strip piecing for me.

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http://swirlygirlsdesign.com/ … SWIRLY GIRL DESIGNS …
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http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/designers/swirly-girls-design-1.html
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PATTERNS http://susanemory.com/products/quilt-patterns/

FOCUS POCUS - SWIRLY GIRL DESIGNS
This is the pattern that inspired my quilt. I made my blocks 14 inches finished for this quilt. My girl friend and I have redrafted the pattern for different size blocks for baby quilts. They turned out very cute. I love the border on the original pattern and hope to be able to use it on my quilt. I might have to come up with something different as I have “lost” strips needed for the border. I have been making this quilt at several different retreats and sew-ins. Some how the border strips are missing.

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http://www.quilterscache.com/
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http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html … QUILTER’s CACHE BLOCKS GALORE
I thought the secondary block was called HOLE IN THE BARN DOOR, but when I looked it up they are not the same block. If you know the name of the second block please let me know. I have links to SWIRLY GIRL DESIGNS as they have several other patterns that ROXIE and I want to make.

Well I am tired as it has been a wild and busy week end. … so off I go to bed.. gosh it is not even 8:30 pm.
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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