Retreat Photos

The easiest way to show all the pictures is in the following slide show.  As you will see, I was with a group of very talented quilters.  Everyone was working on different projects.  What a diverse variety!

A few people requested that I include the pattern designers

The one on the LEFT is from Quilting Gallery: It is a quilt-a-long that aims for accuracy.  It’s still available today.  Click HERE.  The middle picture is from “Garden Party” by Laura Heine.  On the right, is Moonshadows by Lorna Shapiro.

Does this quilt look familiar?

If you’ve been following my blog for over a year, you will have seen a similar one HEREIMG_0679

There’s a funny story with this quilt.  Several years ago (maybe 5 or 6), I was at a retreat at Wild Rose in Orting, WA.  One of the gals was working on this quilt – she had the top almost together.   I was drooling over it. I thought it was so pretty.  And, I knew that there was one kit for sale downstairs in the quilt store.

Another of the retreaters, Betty,  went downstairs and she came up with the kit for the quilt.  I was sort-of relieved.  If Betty bought the kit – that meant there was no further temptation for me!  Later, when I went down to the store, I said to the owner, “I’m so glad Betty bought the last kit, now I don’t have that temptation.”  She laughed and said, “I put another out on display and there’s another in the cupboard.”  There was no further decision to be made, I had to buy it!

Betty & I have laughed about this for many years.  We had both been slowly working on it over several years.  Neither of us found it an easy quilt to make.  Finally, last year, I finished mine and she has finished hers this year!  Whoo Hoo!!!

Another Mystery Quilt!!!  Can I resist?

 Fire Burst Mystery Quilt Tish at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland is having a mystery quilt sew-a-long.  Here’s what I replied on her fabric selection post:

Oh Tish!!!! This is SEW painful!!!! I am really trying very hard to NOT start any new projects this year. I really am. But I LOVE mystery quilts … oh me, oh my … what’s a gal to do? This is so tempting! … but maybe,,, perhaps … maybe, IF I make the baby size … it will be doable … oh dear … I’m going to go shop my stash …

Now … if you’ve never done a mystery quilt … this may be one to start with.   Tish’s fabric selection post walks you through the process of picking fabrics for the mystery.  She talks about using variations of one colour to using the colour wheel for choosing complementary colours.   It’s a valuable post to read – even if you’re not going to do the mystery!

This mystery quilt will have clues released once a month – ending in October.

To do or not to do … that is the question!

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Happy Quilting!




16 thoughts on “Retreat Photos

  1. I’m really falling off the “don’t start new projects” wagon this month! I’ll be doing TIsh’s mystery, though in my defense I had planned on doing her mystery since she first casually mentioned she might run one some time last year. So that doesn’t *really* count as new, right?

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    • Oh Emily … you made me laugh! The rationale we quilters come up with to start new projects!
      It’s up to you if you want to include it in your UFOs or a new project! Even if it is “new”, there will still be time to complete it in 2018!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  2. Lots of beautiful quilts from the retreat. Lots of talented quilters there. Congrats on finishing off your kit quilt, it looks gorgeous. Oh a mystery? I find those so hard to resist, I’m trying so hard to work on just UFOs this year.

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    • Hi Kate,
      Thank your kind for comments!
      Yes, I, too, obviously find it hard to resist mysteries. You and I are both trying to work on UFOs for our PHD in 2018. I’m wondering if one little mystery will hurt? The time-line is doable for finishing this year … but … do I really want to do it? I’m still sitting on the fence, deciding!
      Happy Quilting,


  3. You know, starting new projects is just in our blood. We can’t help ourselves sometimes. I am trying really hard to stick to my PHD guns though and finish everything I start this year.

    I wanted to thank you for your visits and comments to my blog. I need to email you back, but chose to visit here instead.


    • Hi Deana,
      I know you are also working towards your PHD in 2018 … so starting new projects can sometimes be a bit of a problem.
      But the temptations are HUGE!
      Happy Quilting :-),


  4. I say listen to your heart, and your heart is saying do the mystery! I know Tish so I can tell you her quilt will be fabulous. Can you add doing one block to your monthly goals? If so, then you have the added bonus of a decreased stash! Which ever way you go, thanks so much for sharing the photos from retreat, and your kit quilt. What an accomplishment after several years, to get it done! No, it would not have been an easy quilt to make. But I bet Tish’s will be . Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.


    • Oh Jennifer … you are not good for me to be around! I’m really trying to avoid the temptation of starting a new quilt. You make it sound very doable! Oh dear … I still don’t know if I’ll do it or not! 🙂 Happy Quilting!


  5. Hi Gail,
    You just made my day! Truly, I was sitting here so crabby it isn’t even funny. Now I have a big grin on my face. I, too, and going to participate in Tish’s MYSTERY QAL and I hate the mystery part!! I have a post scheduled for Wednesday next week about it – hopefully I’ll know my fabrics before then. For two people who are trying to get their PHD, we sure are giving ourselves a few speed bumps. Oh, and I’m joining Sandra’s at mmm Quilts, too. That one’s not a mystery – and I have the fabric already. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Carole,
      I usually only do Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery with lots of small pieces, Tish’s fire burst mystery has larger pieces (I saw the cutting instructions), so it may be very doable! I still am not committed to it … YET!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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