Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quilt Retreat

Back Roads had a quilt retreat at Camp Kieve this weekend. There were about 14 of us who attended, mostly members but a few guests, too. I hope they enjoyed our group and will come back again. We all had so much fun. I haven't stayed up so late for months!

I didn't quite know what to bring so I looked in my ufo bin and found a quilt that I started years ago. All the shoo fly blocks were done and all the alternating blocks were done. In fact, I had four rows sewn together and the remaining blocks labeled row 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

 Why had I never finished this quilt? I think I lost interest and thought it was kind of boring. The fabrics were all from my stash, mostly reproduction fabrics. The dark blue print and light blue print for the alternate blocks I did purchase and I have 3 yards left of the dark blue. I even have leftover blocks because I decided the quilt did not need 11 rows. It is large enough at 9 blocks by 10. The blocks are 9 inch so the quilt measures 81 x 90. I'm not adding any borders, but will use the dark blue for the binding. The colors are a bit off here, it is not quite so vivid, think buttery yellows and soft reds.

Camp Kieve has a great wall in the dining room that we can use as a design wall. So fun to show your friends your work in progress and get their feedback. It is good to have other people appreciate what you've done and enjoy your work, too! Thanks, ladies!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cabinet of Curiosities

I just had to share this. I hope it inspires you to create your own art.


Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Is this October?

Did you ever see a Morning Glory tree?  I grew this morning glory vine up a shadblow this year. It has been really fun to see all the blue blossoms all over the branches every morning. Sometimes there have been as many as 20 blooms!

Doesn't this just glow? The spent bloom from the day before is pretty gorgeous, too. 

Lots of design possibilities with the flower, the buds, and the leaves. 

Here in southern Maine our first frost date is around Sept. 19. Well, that date has come and gone with no frost in sight. Cooler temps next week, perhaps. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying my blooming tree!

Enjoy your long weekend!