Rock Island, Rock on!
It's hard to beat time spent with compatible friends, sewing and laughing and enjoying each other's company. Such was my week at our annual Rock Island quilting retreat.
|Rock Island 2010|
The cabins at Rock Island sleep 10, but we've found as we age that we like having our own bed! This was my year to be the Queen; that is, I got the "master suite" with one queen bed. Besides, it would be extremely difficult to get more than 5 machines set up to sew.
When we arrive (and when we leave) the living room looks like this:
But while we are there, the living room looks like this:
The sofa gets crammed behind the stairway, and the chairs go into the bedrooms. We set up the ironing board in the queen room and use the kitchen bar top as our cutting station. What doesn't show in the photo are the shop lights we clip onto the rafters for extra lighting. After 14 years we've gotten the details down pat!
I accomplished a lot, but only have one finish to show, and even that may see the seam ripper before it meets its back.
Next I worked on a spring wall hanging for my SIL's mountain cabin.
The geese represent the Blue Ridge Mountains and the flowers, well, spring flowers. I wasn't happy with using the back fabric for the binding as I had planned, so it's not finished.
Next I added the black inner border to Holiday Frost.
I spent the rest of Monday fiddling with a table topper that had Y-seams. Could have been the late hour (or that extra glass of wine), but I wasn't in the mood to finish it.
Tuesday and Wednesday were devoted to churn dashes, or monkey wrenches, whatever you want to call them.
|Sweet little monkey wrench|
|Double Wrench - a/k/a A Ribbon Runs Through It|
Thursday was devoted entirely to Geese Migration. I began laying out the blocks before everyone was up, auditioned sashing fabrics and began assembling the rows.
|Geese Migration (a/k/a Geese on the Move)|
My annual Rock Island Retreat is now history, one "for the books," as they say.
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