Last Monday off I went with my girlfriends for a week of quilting. This is around our 13th year. Up North we went following Lake Michigan until we arrived at the house we rented.
A beautiful "cottage" built in 1917.
Right on a lake.
The living room was painted purple, now I'm not a purple person but this worked with all of it's vintage pieces and art work.
Every bed had a vintage chenille bedspread on the bed, some with doors to a balcony.
5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
One cute bathroom had a claw foot tub, which I took advantage of with lots of bubble bath.
The kitchen had a cute farm sink and no dishwasher! But we made it.
Wonderful vintage pieces,
glass cupboards with Fiesta Ware dishes.
A cute porch before coming in the kitchen.
As soon everyone set up the sewing machines got going.
One day we were invited to the studio of Ann Loveless, The 2013 ArtPrize winner. How great a quilt artist won against Art (paintings, sculptures etc.) from all over the world. She won $200,000. Her studio is located in Northern Mi.
We spent the day shopping at different quilt shops. This is the cutest shop.
Looked like a little hobbit house.
At one store Kay and I bought this "cutter" quilt. Before you have a hard attack, this quilt was in terrible condition, a lot of the fabrics were deteriorated. The fabrics date from the late 1800s to the early 1900's. We paid $40, $20.00 each. Back at the cottage we took turns cutting out our favorite blocks.
This is my group, if you notice not many star points, straight edges or blocks the same size. Too Cute! I'm going to hang them in my studio.
This is Kay's group of blocks.
At night we played games winning fabric strips. I lost but laughed a lot.
This piece was so cute.
OK, the following pictures are a Few of the quilts that were pieced during the week.
My friend had started this quilt and passed away before she finished it. I was gifted the piece and spent 2 days finishing it. After it's quilted I will give it to my son.
The pattern is Burgoyne Surrounded, based on a battle during the Revolutionary War.
The fabric is beautiful, the blue and cream are not solids their a tone on tone, it looks like a jacquard.The print boarder is a Japanese piece.
Eileen pieced this quilt from a cut up wool skirt.
Mary saw a quilt something like this, she designed her own paper piecing pattern and pieced it with lots of fun fabrics. It will be bigger then this when finished.
I'm not sure the name of this pattern but the quilt turned out beautiful.
Judy pieced it.
Martha made this table runner with mittens on it.
It looked so cute through the windows from the porch.
Martha also made these big mittens to use on her mantle in place of Christmas stockings for the adults. She made all her children and grandchildren stockings.
Eileen also paper pieced these beautiful trees that will be made into a wall hanging.
I sewed most of my Family Tree quilt together starting from the bottom. I still have to add our children's house's into the top of the tree when their finished.
The trunk of the tree will have my husbands and my initials "carved" into it with a heart surrounding them. (Like you see kids carve into real trees, except I will be embroidering them in). There also will be mushrooms popping up around the trunk and maybe a critter or two.
The quilt is pinned to a flannel sheet that's why it looks wavy.
When Judy wasn't quilting she was knitting.
Kay pieced a "Lil Twisted" quilt for her new granddaughter. She was born months early but is strong and doing wonderful.
It rained and rained, the wind blew hard and I lit a fire. I wanted everyone to sing Christmas carols with me but no one joined in so back to photographing their quilts I went.
Martha pieced this gingerbread cookie/ candy cane quilt for her grandchildren. For some reason the fabrics look orange but they aren't in real life.