Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quilting retreat

Yes, Nancy did win her position in the election, our city will be so much better for it. We're all very happy.
For the past 8 years my quilt bee spends a week quilting up north, Lillian's nephew lets us use his families vacation home on Lake Michigan. It has a marvelous set up for quilting and a view that is wonderful.
The two windows to the left we quilt in front of them day and night.

This is our view out the windows.

We push the large dinning room table to one side and set up our machines, they are running day and night.

We all bring our own projects to work on but we started with this cute "group" project, making these little quilted bags. They were a fun project.

Every year our bee has a challenge for the year, last year we all bought a piece of the same fabric (my boarder fabric) and had a year to make it into a quilt. Then we bring them up to the cabin to show. This was mine, it represents the rain forests in Puerto Rico we hiked into last February (posted on my Feb. 08 blog). I put on some of the critters we saw, the big snails, Coque (frog), bright green butterflys, and lizards. Also the vines (white wool yarn I dyed with black walnut) that are hanging down from the canopy. It was a magical place.

This is Judy's quilt top. The challenge fabric was used as the zig/zag running through the quilt.

Donna's challenge piece.

Lillian made a jacket with her fabric, here she is modeling it.

Kay used some great Kaffe fabrics to make her piece. I don't think the photo showed it well.

Mary did a table runner (actually she did three but I only got this picture).
I have a lot more photo's of our projects we worked on I'll post some soon.


Deb H said...

Oh, I wish I could be there with you all! It looks like such fun! I love how different all of the challenge quilts are. I love you snail! Kay's use of Kaffe Fasset fabric with the challenge batik was unique! I like it! Lillian's jack is great, they all are actually. What a great group!

Melodie said...

Tell Lillian to smile!
Great location AND projects!

Allison Ann Aller said...

OMG, a quilt retreat with close friends on Lake Michigan!!!! What could be better?
I love seeing the Lake in Novemeber. I am only ever there in the summer, and the sky here looks so dramatically beautiful.

Where were you on the lake?
Thanks for the pics and great post!

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