I'm fuzzy on which year was my first at Lutherdale-- it was either 2010 or 2011. Either way, I've been going there in January for quite a while and it is a highlight of my winter. This year was just as enjoyable as all of the others. My focus this year was on starting new quilts. Often times I use this week as an opportunity to finish what I've started, so this is slightly different for me.
The first quilt I worked on was 'Legendary' by Elizabeth Hartman. She blogs at Oh Fransson! and I absolutely love her graphic style. I was warned in advance to be very, very careful with the organization of the cut pieces and how I sew them together and that was good advice! The size differences of the pieces from branch to branch is very subtle! My little forest of trees took 2 full days to cut and piece. Unfortunately, I didn't get to make the sasquatch block at retreat, I was ready to move on to something else!
And that something else was to make a baby quilt for my co-worker! This was so much fun! In about 1 day, I cut and pieced this entire top! They don't know the gender of the baby and are decorating the baby's room in grey and mint. I've been
All throughout the weekend, I demo-ed how to make wonky stars to the other retreaters. I had already made several of these blocks and the plan is to assemble all the blocks in an improv setting and donate to Lutherdale's auction in August. As a group we made a ton of blocks and now I have my work cut out for me!
Speaking of donations for the auction-- I brought my finished Strawberry Quilt with me and after showing it off to everyone, I left it there. I had a good chunk of fabric left from the backing and Janet graciously turned it into a pillowcase! (forgot to get a picture)
Here's Janet in the Elvis apron she made!
That about sums up my 2017 retreat. As usual, I didn't want to leave and as soon as I did, I started counting down the days until next year!