Friday, April 23, 2010
Return to Normal
I am back home after 4 days of delirious fun at the ranch retreat. Pictured above is the main house at the ranch. We used to sew there, but now there's a gorgeous new pavilion that can hold all of us, our machines, irons, lights and cutting tables, so we are there. Some of the attendees still stay overnight in this gorgeous old building.
It is hard to describe the utter delight of a retreat with women you adore. We chattered, sewed, laughed, showed-and-told, and ate delicious food. There was much hilarity, many hugs, and I am already looking forward to October's retreat.
Each April, we do a challenge where someone chooses a fabric which the participants must incorporate in any way they like into a quilt. This April's challenge involved two fabrics-- a black and white print, and a red tone on tone. Here is my entry:
I used Susan Carlson's "Free Style Quilting" method to make this fellow and had a very good time. The lettering, you might remember, wasn't the smoothest process but the result was okay. And, remarkably, the resident artist at the ranch, the very very talented Lisa Thorpe, wanted this guy so we arranged for an artwork trade!
Oh -- Hello to Elaine! Elaine is a blog reader who attended the retreat for the first time and, I hope, will return for more fun in the future. It was great to meet you!
Now -- off to unpack and make some sense of my sewing room...