My 'friends' always have a go at me about accomplishing a lot of finished projects on retreat. I copped it all again this time - comments about over achievers were flying around & I wasn't the only one to receive these 'barbs'! The above item is a "Waiting Bag" made for littlies to fill with stuff they can play with while waiting...... Apparently these are kept in the car or Mum's bag & hauled out when needed. I will be showing a group of young Mums how to fuse & then stitch (probably just a running stitch) the applique. Worked out this prototype on the weekend. Owl is taken from a pattern "Hooterville" by Brandywine Designs. http://www.brandywine-design.com/ He's so cute!
These two quilts were made from a Layer Cake (10" squares of a range of fabric). Completed with large stippling but looked really ordinary - so I decided to add applique which will be blanket-stitched by hand & then they'll go to a friend's little children. Think the applique has really made them nice looking quilts. Also managed to get binding on to 4 small quilts - give a 'tutorial' on 3 different ways to make Flying Geese. Some of the girls are making a Sampler Quilt under my instruction (I too am making it as I have never made one) It's an interesting exercise.
Retreats are a wonderful break shared with lovely friends & allow us to sew, drink, laugh (oh, the jokes & stories), eat and sew some more. If you've never been on one - try it - you'll be hooked.