Friday, October 21, 2016

I have been

on a quilting retreat up at Woodend
this was the house we stayed in, it used to be on the edge of the township, well it still is but the town has grown and the paddocks down the road are now being built on.
Every one was  very busy
Magda had her finished blocks up on the wall

Sue and Barb working away

getting the placement of the blocks sorted.....
Carleen has remade this quilt and over the first couple of days on retreat got to this stage

then the placement of the next border was worked out, this border will hang over the side of the bed so the heads had to be the right way up

I was working away on the Celestial Stars blocks....

there are some seams not quite right but there were many seams to match and after several unpicks they were as they were!!

by Tuesday I had had enough of foundation piecing!!!
so I continued working on the snowball and nine patch blocks...yep more seams to match up!!!! And yes I was unsewing, I managed to sew the squares on the wrong way!!!

but I eventually got them done and the side pieces

here are all the pieces n the wall along side  a quilt top Judy put together in a day.....love that pattern, Judy's that is.
Barb finished her beautiful foundation pieced quilt using scraps, there is another border to go on I think
Sue has had her quilt quilted and trimmed it all ready for binding...this quilt was her first, she was told it was an easy first quilt to do,it didn't prove to be so and has taken a long time to get finished.
My quilt top is all together ready for the borders.
Tracey has been working away on these blocks, they take two pieces from a layer cake, a plain and a coloured, sewn together and then cut re arranged and resewn...this is from the Missouri Star company, we had a look at the tutorial on line...the look of the quilt top changes depending on how you arrange them

this way gives a different look.
I had a great time away, wonderful company, lots of laughs and some sewing. It was wonderful to have a visit from Tracee, Margaret and Donna, we had a good dinner and evening at one of the local pubs.
Back home today I have begun work on an Aussie Hero quilt
for some reason blogger wants this photo to go sideways....this is as far as I have managed to get today......had better get back and try to work out what goes in the gaps. I was very lucky as Glenn Robbins has signed the blocks for this quilt, the recipient asked for a quilt featuring Russell Coight a charachter played by Glenn Robbins in his show Great Aussie Adventures.
Happy sewing.


















15 comments:

Bev C said...

Hello Sue,

I love the look of the place you stayed in. Lots of great quilts being worked on. A little bit of un-stitching, I don't think I have ever made a project without a bit of un-stitching. Have a good weekend.

Happy days.
Bev.

I am said...

Good to have you back my friend ,wow i love your stars they are awesome ,well done Sue.
Gee the girls have done a wonderful job with their quilts,lovely show and tell.
And how good the Gisborne girls had a visit with you ,enjoy your evening Sue xx

Leeanne said...

Crikey Sue, your Celestial star blocks are really nice they look tricky, your points looks great! Nothing like a retreat to knock off some projects.

Chookyblue...... said...

I really like your foundation blocks......
Great projects that the girls were working on.....

Pamela said...

What a great get together and lovely quilts!

Jo said...

Your blocks are wonderful. Your Aussie quilt will go down so well.
Great catch up with the girls

marina said...

Looks like a hive of activity!
All the quilts in progress look amazing. Love your snowball and 9 patch, such pretty blues with the gold coloured block.
Tracee's blocks look so complicated. Well done with your star blocks they look very complicated. They have turned out so beautifully!

retdairyqueen said...

So much loveliness there
Bet you all had a ball
Would the unsewing have been caused by to much laughter and not enough concentration
Hugs and Happy birthday xx

Tracy said...

Lovely quilts Sue. Looks like you all had a fun and productive time together.
Happy birthday to you my lovely friend.

Moose-ings said...

Lovely to. At home up,with you in Woodend. What a talented group of ladies! Love all the quilts, some great patterns. Your stars are brilliant!

Fiona said...

I love retreat times - so much sewing gets done when there is nothing else to worry about. love your quilts.
Hugz

Julie said...

Your celestial star blocks are amazing Sue ... love the colours you have used. I thought of you this past week while you were on Retreat & hoped it all went well ... looks like you ladies all achieved loads.

Ondrea said...

Your quilt is looking beautiful and I really love your bright coloured blocks you are making. Many lovely quilts there. Have an awesome 60th today!!!!

Elyte said...

Beautiful work on show. Happy birthday to you and wishing you many, many more.

Raewyn said...

Oh fabulous!! Lucky you - looks like a great retreat!! Love your foundation pieced blocks!