Thursday, November 9, 2023

Retreating in Kentucky

 I love quilt retreats! 

It's an uninterrupted opportunity to work on larger projects.  We are fortunate when we get together at Loucon Camp and Retreat Center near Leitchfield, Kentucky that we have lots of room to spread out with plenty of tables and great lighting.  But the biggest joy is the inspiration received from other quilters.

I have been pretty productive.  First project was putting a binding on a very large quilt.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture before I put it back in the car.  Next I added side borders to Cursor (I call it Lost) that I finished several years ago.

Sadly, I did not have enough fabric for the top and bottom borders ... so it went back in the box.  I'm hoping I have more at home; otherwise I'll have to consider another option.  Now that I look at it, I think the blue was intended to be the binding because that's how much short I am ... Note to Self:  Leave notes to self!

Then I turned my attention to Shadow of the Bear Paw, started at Quilt Camp in October 2018!

I finished five more very fiddley blocks and decided I was done, at least for the time being.  The pattern includes some uneven log cabin blocks that I'm not thrilled with so I need time to consider how I will set these blocks and/or if I need to make more.  I have made bear paw blocks with the scraps so I may work up a design with the paw blocks as a border.  Stay tuned!

I next brought out a random batik project that had no directions as to what I intended to do.  But while I was digging through my pattern drawer for the Shadow pattern at home, I came across an EQ plan for the batik blocks.  This is the result ...

(Sorry, I cut off the bottom in my photo.)  I will need to do something to stabilize the edges, but it's finally together and I love it!  I still have a box full of the four-patches, though, so look for yet another batik project in my future.

I added borders to Chunky Churn Dash ... it will be donated to Devo encouragement quilts.

Today has been a day of starts and stops ... not much to show yet so I'll wait to report more tomorrow.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Fall Has Fell quote some comic character whose name I forget -- probably Pogo.

Remember that maple tree I posted last week on Thursday?  I took that photo right before DH and I left for a quilt study weekend in Shipshewana, Indiana.  This is how it looked when we returned the following Monday.

I have one Knockout Rose that has survived the overnight freezes ...

... and the Beautyberry bush is loaded with berries.

I'm surprised some animal hasn't discovered them.  I've heard one can make jam with them, but I'm afraid to try.

On the quilting front, I'm seriously considering Bonnie's 2023 mystery.  How about you?

I'll be heading to the S'mores November retreat today.  I hope to have lots of progress (and maybe some finishes) to show you.