Saturday, July 2, 2022

Productive Retreat

It only took me three and one-half days, but I got all the flower blocks made for Zinnias and will finish the top this weekend (more realistically, next weekend😐).

Only the first eighteen are pictured on my board above.  The last seven are mostly dark and I need to get them up on my larger design wall at home to get an even balance of the colors and values.  I am so in love with these blooms!  So unlike anything I've ever done (or possibly ever will), but it was well worth the challenge.  I'm so glad I did all the cutting and kitting at home.  I kept forging on because I knew that if I put it away I would forget what I was doing.  

On my last day at retreat I embellished this Asian panel that has been in my stash for several years.

The pattern is Peaceful Retreat (Pine Tree Country Quilts).  It was designed for a larger panel so I had to scale things down a bit.  Mine is 34" x 38" whereas the pattern version is 58" x 63".

I don't know when I've ever been to a show or shop, purchased two patterns, and finished both tops within 4 weeks!


  1. Your Zinnias are wonderful, Libby! What a great pattern! I can definitely see why you had to drop everything and make this. Looks like you got a lot done on this retreat!

  2. I love your zinnia blocks too. They are nice and airy, not heavy and clunky. They look like a bright summer day.

  3. Your zinnia blocks are so pretty! I, too, Love the airiness about them. They are going to make a beautiful quilt. Great embellishments to your panel, too.

  4. I thought you had to "age" a Kit for at least 9 months before starting the birthing of the project.... and then the labor could last for months or even years!!!

  5. Oh, I love those Zinnia blocks!! And the split goose make a great frame for the panel.

  6. Those Zinnias are just so lovely, Libby. What a great job you did of them and I am also loving how you framed that panel. Inspiring!


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