Monday, February 4, 2019

The 'Sew Along' Retreat Recap

Another fun and productive quilt retreat is in the books! I finished binding the quilt above which is a smaller version of my Spring Cleaning pattern. It's a great scrap quilt that goes together quickly. I've made this in random scraps with a black chain, repros with a gray chain, fall fabrics with a brown chain and now this 30's with a red chain. I love them all! This will probably be donated to one of the guild charity events for auction. I quilted this one on my Amara with a double diamonds pattern using Glide thread. You can click on the photo for a close up.

Once I finished the binding and did a little work on my guild challenge quilt (not finished) I made this spool quilt. It's the strip version of the Selvage Spools quilt pattern found in my new book Strip Quilt Secrets. I ran out of green strips, but it will be easy enough to add the last block now that I'm home. I want to custom quilt this one. I'm thinking of doing a different design for each color spool.


Lots of my guild friends were working on their sew along quilts that we've been sharing since September. I loved seeing the progress over the weekend. I wish I had gotten more photos at the end so I could share their progress. It was so fun to see all of the different color choices and fabrics.



Diane B.





The best part of this sew along is that all of the quilts look so different! Isn't that awesome?

And of course my bee friends and I had to take our annual photo! I have photos of us going back 20 years! We may have sewn a lot of stitches and created some amazing quilts, but it's these friendships that are the most valuable and precious thing I carry home from this retreat each year.

Now I need to go sew a spool block! ;)



  1. Oooohhhh I just love your group picture and the thought it's been a tradition over twenty years. Now those are truly friendships to cherish!


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