Monday, April 30, 2012

Quilt Retreat Part Three

It's the third and final installment in the Milford Quilt Retreat series.  After such a productive weekend, I've managed to accomplish absolutely, positively nothing today.  I think I used all my initiative at retreat.

Sunday morning I slept in late (5 a.m.) but was still the first one up.  I got all the blocks pieced for a Karen Montgomery pattern titled Pops Alot.  It uses 2 1/2 inch strips (I used the Cappucino Bali Pops).  If you use a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop, the pattern will use up every bit of waste, which is nice.  I'm debating whether it needs horizontal strips between the rows.  I'm thinking a charcoal gray.  Opinions were an even split at retreat.  Maybe I'll just go with a nice border instead.  Decisions, decisions...

My co-worker, Linda, who doesn't like her picture taken and displayed for all the world to see was working on this the entire weekend...

As the afternoon was winding down, I got out some charm squares and threw together the beginnings of a baby quilt.  I'm trying to decide on the border color, but it'll be a solid.  I believe this line is Sugar Pop from Moda, but it's best not to quote me on that.

You have to see it in person to truly appreciate the garish colors and it's not at all me but I figure it's baby-steps to breaking out of my mold.  Or maybe that's me busting out of my jeans. time!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what we got done and if you've never retreated, find one and give it a try.  The first time I ever went Hubby wanted to know what it was like.  I told him someone cooked all the meals and did the cleanup, picked up after me and I didn't have to make the bed.  I summed it up by saying It's a lot like being a man.  He wasn't amused.

Happy quilting, y'all!


  1. It looks like you completed a lot of flimsies!I am going to sign up for the first retreat I am ever presented with, and I might even go out and find one for myself if not. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Next time I go to retreat I plan to take some smaller things to finish so that I can feel like I accomplished something. It looks to me like you took just the right amount this time.

    I hate yellow, but how about yellow for a border for the baby quilt.

    I think border(s) are the answer for your Pops Alot, too. I think adding sashing will detract from the design. That and a dollar will get you coffee at McD's....I think. I don't drink coffee.

    Glad retreat went well!

  3. I've been enjoying all the pictures. Thanks for posting.