I got to go to a retreat this past month. It's was located a short drive out of town in a wonderful location. This is what we were surrounded by. Isn't it wonderful?
Friday, October 29, 2010
Last year, when my friend and I went to the quilt show in Houston, we each took several classes.
This quilt is one of the classes I took. We each got a little kit with the fabrics and spent the morning learning how to make these curved log cabin blocks.
I left these block sitting for a year (fabric needs to marinate you know) until one of my co-workers asked for a donation to our silent auction fundraiser. I pulled this out and quickly finished it off with a little stippling.
Posted by CJ at 6:44 AM
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This is the third, and sadly final, quilt that we got to see.
This one is Whetstones and Chips, dated from the 1840s and it apparently travelled all the way over from Scotland.
There was amazing applique done along the borders.
A close up of the other motif.
I don't know if you can see it, but a few of the mariners compass blocks needed a few repairs.
This shot shows the quilting. These larger lines are made with three lines of straight quilting placed very close to each other. There were also intricate feathers quilted in and around each of the blocks.
Posted by CJ at 6:33 AM
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This is the second quilt we had the opportunity to see. I love how timeless the colours in both of the quilts are so timeless. Even though they were made in the 1800's, I can see someone picking out similar colour combinations now. In fact, one of our friends has started scouring the stores to lime green.
This quilt dates from 1840 - 1860. I love how the baskets are oriented sideways on the quilt.
Each of the blocks was outlined with red piping. Isn't that a great idea.
The quilting in this quilt was wonderful. There were lots of interesting bits (that sadly don't show up well in the photos) like maple leaves. I really like the circles the quilter added on the scalloped boarder.
Posted by CJ at 6:24 AM