quilt, quilting

Propeller Quilt with Borders

After breakfast Saturday, I cleaned the kitchen then quietly disappeared to my sewing room. I was bound and determined to get borders on this quilt. Thrilled that it happened!

I thought I was going to have a patchwork-ish or red border but it wasn’t working. Anyhow, I recently bought a half yard of the Mustang fabric for an entirely different project. After ironing it I haphazardly threw it across my quilt and realized that it would be the perfect border. I auditioned fabrics at home but couldn’t quite find the right thing.¬†Never in a million years would I have picked the puce inner border but it actually worked here. I needed something to warm up the quilt but didn’t want to go overboard.

I’ve been sketching possible quilt designs, running over a thousand ideas things in my head.I’m having fun doodling and getting my hand and brain ready for the project. I’ve been researching books and online, too…getting there….slowly but surely getting there.

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Quilt Retreat

Quilt retreat was this weekend, and oh. my. gosh. I needed it. I had parts cut for two quilts, and managed to finish a little more than half of one. I’m so happy with the progress, and can’t wait to finish. The blocks will finish at 9″.

I love this group of women. Many have been in the guild for twenty years. Some for just two. I’ve been part of it for ten, though I’m less involved since I moved. BUT, I always love an opportunity to see my friends, and retreat is the perfect excuse. Even better, my MOM joined this time. I think she enjoyed it. Sadly, I didn’t snap a photo of us, but I did get one with my friend, Mary.

The thing that always resonates with me as far as this group is concerned is that we build each other up. Retreat is fun, and exhilarating, and wildly inspirational. We all talk, and commiserate about quilts and there is no grousing or complaining, no piddly bickering. This is a group of women that genuinely cares about each other and their lives and artwork. We trade tips, eat, and laugh.

At the end of the day, that’s what it’s about anyhow, right?