Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!

mom and I went to one of Linda Ballard's quilting retreats this weekend in Weaverville!

because it would have been a nightmare to get my machine on the airplane, mom had all the sewing stuff I would need available at the retreat. this is the 1956 Singer I got to work on. so smooth. :)

my cute mom and her work station. her jacket was made by taking a pullover sweater and cutting it up and patchworking fabric on the top. it looked awesome:
the retreat was small this weekend. just about 10 ladies, plus Linda and the travelling vendor, Susan:
Linda's quilt. We had to work all of Friday night without knowing what we were making. She did the "big reveal" on Saturday morning. This is what you're making, ladies!

the first 9 patches on my first square, done! phew!

water, hot cocoa, grapes, fabric. It's all you need to be happy on a Saturday. :)
Linda worked on this quilt on Saturday and completely finished it. It's made from a Jolly Roll - I think that's what they called it - which is a bundle of 2 1/2 inch strips of coordinating fabrics. ooohhh. aaaahhhh.
Katie's 9 squares, all made from hydraenga fabrics. I didn't get a decent close-up, but they were fantastic!
Barbara finished first, and she did 12 squares! Red, White and Blues with a crazy border! She was a speed demon.
Carol brought this for show and tell. "Birds in Flight" with Daiwabo fabrics. I made her bring it back on Sunday so I could get a picture.
Denise finished next (she came with Barbara. they brought their quick-mojo, apparently). The picture is fuzzy so you can't really see her cool-and-crazy border fabric.
Then Barbara did this one, you know, because she had all this time to kill.
I finished my quilt about a half hour before the retreat ended. Me and my 6 squares. But hey, I finished! Mom got part way through her 6 squares and decided she wanted to make 12 instead - so she's still working on hers at home. I had a lot of fun, and was really glad to get a chance to visit with my family and hang out with my mom all weekend.

thanks, Mom! you're awesome.


DailyFamily said...

What fun! I'm jealous...how would it be to complete a quilt without little ones (or big ones) needing meals, or help, or attention.

I love Jelly Rolls...every time I go to the store I want to buy a ton of them. :)

I'm glad you had a good time!!

Kristen said...

okay - i THOUGHT they were called jelly rolls at first, but then one lady kept saying "jolly" so I was all, "huh, okay".

they have a new thing now too, called "layer cake" which is just a big ol' stack of 10.5" squares.


DailyFamily said...

Ooooh I haven't seen the layer cake...I think I'd like too. I'm on a first name basis with the ladies at the quilt shop here and Jared's not so sure that is a good thing. :)

Gurgy said...

Yeah I may have to move closer just so I can be within travel distance to join you guys! I like to quilt but don't care much for making clothes... hehe! Beautiful quilts ladies!

Penelope Crackers said...

This is just insane. They are all so beautiful. If I could make one of these I'd make you one for your new baby a'comin.