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.


  1. Your retreat sounds like lots of fun, and you definitely are getting lots done! I love the bear paw design - that is a neat block. And your batik design is gorgeous - all from 4 patches and HSTs it looks like!

  2. sounds like fun - but I wouldn't be able to sit at the machine so long working, my back would be killing me. I work for awhile and then go do something else sometimes for hours - I don't think I would like a retreat because of that - I need a comfy chair to sit and read - I don't sew for long periods of time but get a lot done in short spells.

  3. Looks like you made good progress on several projects. Happy stitching for the rest of the retreat.

  4. These projects are so cool and I can't wait to see what you choose to do with them! I do love that batik layout and the chunky churn dash is so fun! Have a great time!

  5. So glad you're getting to retreat. I like the name Lost better than Cursor! Your Bear Paw is beautiful.

  6. You have had a very productive retreat! The bear paw blocks are beautiful. I haven't seen that design before this.

  7. Hello Libby, it's been a while since I visited your blog. Saw your comment on Diann's about four patch ideas that caught my attention so I had to swing by. I love the one you just finished the top of.

  8. Oh wow!! Your scrappy blocks just make me smile. What fun quilts, especially your arrow quilt!

  9. That's how it goes at Quilt Retreat sometimes, Libby, but some progress is better than no progress. Love, love, LOVE that batik top that you got assembled!!!


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