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This was our weekend quilt retreat that wasn’t.  Unfortunately, scheduling problems at the University prevented us from having our three day retreat, but we did manage to have an unexpected ‘wilt’ on Saturday.  No less than six of us arrived with the remnants of the worst head/chest colds that any of us could remember.   We were a coughing, sniffing, nose blowing group, let me tell you.  But nothing stops the intrepid quilters so we soldiered on.

Teri has spent several months working on her ‘Spring Bouquet’ and although it isn’t quite finished, she had reached a point where she was willing to submit it for the ‘big reveal’.

This gorgeous applique quilt will be a gift for Teri’s mother.  Just a final border to apply and then it will be off to the long arm quilter for the finishing touches. I have the pattern for this quilt which I bought when my local quilt shop closed down, but need to increase my batik stash before I tackle it. 

As mentioned in my last blog post, Sonja won the ‘strip poker’ at the last wilt.  What I didn’t say was that this was Sonja’s second win!  Her first was almost a year ago, when the ‘pot’ was 2 ½” batik strips.  This is the quilt top that Sonja has constructed with those winnings. 

I spent the day working on my paper piecing.  This is one of the blocks for ‘Treasures of the Garden’ from Silver Linings Originals 2014 Block of the Month.  I’m finally coming down the final few blocks – just three more after this as I fell behind quite badly this year.  These patterns are not for the faint of heart, let me tell you, but the end results are so worth the effort that I have no hesitation each year to sign up and face the challenge.

Getting ready to put the jigsaw puzzle together

Just the paper backing to be removed and it will be finished!

So many of our group were either on holidays (in the sun!!) , still at home nursing this terrible cold or just unable to attend, that we put off our Strip Poker (with 10 red 2 ½” strips) until the next time we have a wilt. 

When I’m not quilting, I knit.  However, my knitting skills are somewhat limited.  I’m an ace hand at doing socks, but sadly out of practice for anything else.  I tackled the Kanga and Roo, and then made a very easy little hooded sweater for baby granddaughter Sophia.  When I see the absolutely gorgeous items that Peggy Stuart knits I realize I need a lot more practice before I share any of my efforts.  I’m currently working on a very pretty little sweater for Sophia when she’s a wee bit bigger, but I’m not sure if I’ll be posting a photo of the finished item or not.  We’ll see what it looks like when I’m finally finished. When my children were young, I knit for them quite a bit, but that was over 40 years ago so it’s easy to see why I’m out of practice! 

We are starting to see the effects of the sun marching northwards!  We have gained about 30 minutes of daylight so it is no longer dark at 5 in the afternoon.  And today, the temperature reached a balmy 6 degrees Celsius, an absolutely unheard of temperature for mid-January.  So far, this has been a very easy winter - fingers crossed for this to continue!

 

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Comment by Joanna liguz on January 24, 2015 at 12:28pm

The paper piecing is gorgeous!!  When plans don't come together you make it work how ever you can. The quilts are beautiful!      (Hand clapping!)

Comment by Donna Sykes on January 21, 2015 at 5:34pm

Your paper pieced block came out beautifully! Great projects by all.

Comment by Roxann on January 21, 2015 at 4:44pm

Love the applique quilt! They had it as a BOM at my local quilt shop but I just can't seem to find the time to do the things I NEED to do let alone another bom. Bless her heart for gifting it.

My goodness, your paper pieced block is so beautiful! I can't wait to see it when it's completed!

Sorry you didn't get to have your retreat. Bummer! I'm even more sorry you are sick! I use  hope you are feeling better!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 20, 2015 at 3:21pm

Nice quilts!  I wouldn't worry about your rusty knitting skills when you have obviously mastered paper-piecing!  So pretty.  I will look forward to seeing the entire quilt top.  Hope all are feeling better by  now. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on January 20, 2015 at 9:41am

Sorry your retreat didn't happen and that everyone was sick--I glad you had a day anyway. The quilts are beautiful--all of them.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on January 20, 2015 at 9:17am

Teri says that her mother must gift it back to her in her will!  

Comment by Janet/MO on January 19, 2015 at 10:14pm

Gorgeous show & tell.  I love the paper pieced block!  

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on January 19, 2015 at 8:08pm

Absolutely gorgeous; all of these beautiful treasures.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 19, 2015 at 5:00pm

Terri's quilt is awesome...so much time and love...hope she has borrowing rights! Gifting it to your mom is a wonderful gift, BUTTTTT all that time!!!

Love your piece. Just beautiful...talented ladies!

We just got off a round of tamiflu...that drug is harsh, but kept the flu at bay. Our friends infected a room full on New Years Eve.

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