April 21, 2015

First Retreat + Updates


Ok, things have been happening around here but I haven't had time to blog! Let's start with last week I got last minute tickets to a Miranda Lambert Concert. Yep, pit pass, no zoom. We were that close!  Great time with my two best friends. Miranda puts on one good show. Then I got sick, so not much sewing has happened, until ... 


This weekend was my first quilting retreat. It was nothing like I expected, these girls know how to have fun. No joke! Amongst all the excitement, nonsense, and shenanigans, I was able to get a couple things done. One is this flimsy finish of a churn dash quilt made from Fresh Cut designed by Basic Grey for Moda. It used one layer cake, one charm pack, two fat quarters, and one night. I just love this line of fabric. This one is going to stay with me! 



So, the story that goes with this quilt top, was the Friday we arrive to retreat Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty and I drive up together. We set up our sewing areas, sew for a bit then head out for dinner to come back and get some some more sewing done. At this point I did finish my Aunt's back, but  I needed to feel more productive. After all, it was the first night and I only had one thing done. Most people go to bed, and I stay up. The next morning, everyone wakes up and this quilt is on the design wall done. Second finish of day, done. Let's just say the rest of the weekend wasn't as productive, but hey, it started off strong!



The block above is my favorite from the bunch and conveniently that gray is the same fabric I bought for binding. Now I just need to decide on a back. I also got my Aunt's backing done, and started my Patchwork City quilt. Then was introduced to a fabulous place called Mardens. They got a delivery from a modern quilt shop that went out of business, let's say at $4.99 for a (generous) yard for fabric made me go a little crazy. More on all that later, right now I just need to recover. 

-Patch & Chels 


18 comments:

  1. Sounds so awesome - my two favourite things! A great country concert and a quilting retreat. I just got home from my first retreat as well...haven't had time to blog about it yet but I will.

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  2. It sounds like you had a couple of pretty great adventures with friends - awesome!! :)

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  3. Sounds like you had a really great weekend!! The fabrics in your churn dash quilt are absolutely lovely. Looking forward to seeing the finished project!

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  4. Sounds fun - every girl needs a retreat and a concert now and then! :)

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  5. I am loving this BasicGrey line, too, and can't wait to see how this quilt finishes. Yay for productivity! Double yay for Marden's!

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  6. It sounds like you had a blast, and wow, a quilt in a night! That's impressive! Every now and then it's important to keep a quilt with you. I'm glad you found one and the time to make it.

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  7. Love Miranda Lambert! She is definitely amazing in concert! And I love love love your churn dash!

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  8. It was an awesome retreat and I still can't believe you finished that top! And hey, now you're no longer a Marden's virgin! I have a feeling you'll be back ;-)

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  9. This is a beautiful quilt. Did you use a specific pattern for a layer cake + charm pack? And glad you had so much fun on your retreat :-)

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  10. Beautiful quilt top. I really love these fabrics! It really is fresh looking. I'd keep it too!

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  11. I'm so glad you had fun!!!! Can't wait to see what you snagged from Marden's. :D

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  12. love the churn dashes and hope you had fun! Can't wait to see what you got at Mardens. I've been wanting to check it out for ages.

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  13. A sewing retreat sounds amazing right about now. Sounds like you had a great time!

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  14. Love the fabrics you chose for this, it's a completely beautiful quilt.

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  15. This is soooo pretty! What size are the individual churn dash block? If love to try one :)

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  16. What a wonderful time! And the results? What a stunningly beautiful quilt top! I love that Fresh Cut line and your choice of blocks was perfect for showing off those gorgeous prints. Can't wait to see what new finds you picked up at Marden's.

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  17. Well you definitely made the most of your retreat time! Love the quilt top.

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  18. Beautiful quilt top! I love that collection and you picked the perfect pattern for it.

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