Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Retreat

I cannot believe how fast January has whipped by ... it seems I am saying that more and more these days. 

There were a group of us that used to go to a retreat every January and then the place that we had our retreat no longer was available. I think it's been a couple of years since we were able to get together. What a lovely group of ladies who gathered. Each one was so very talented and offered so much to the group.

I started off by making valentines but still have to put them together. Have been debating what to do for sashing therefore I haven't finished it. There are nine and should make a lovely wall hanging.

Then I worked from start to finish on a Christmas quilt that I have had for a while. It was a kit and I took the time to cut out all of the fabric before I went. I love that it old fashioned.

The camp we were at is in a beautiful setting. Just before we got there they had just had snow. It warmed up considerably and was very windy and most of the snow disappeared. There is something beautiful about winter photography landscapes.

I also got another swoon block completed. It's happy as usual. I think I have 4 completed now.

I was really productive at the retreat. Felt so good to just sit and sew. I also started to put together a kit that I've also had for a very long time. It is not really colours I gravitate to now but it is a lovely quilt and I will finish it. Perhaps it will be one to donate or gift.

The setting was just perfect for taking pictures of quilts outside and could not resist taking a picture of my dresden plate. It just looked so wonderful with
the colour against the backdrop of drabness.

Well, this entry has been long enough. I will leave you with a picture that was greeting me as I drove back to my place. Always nice to get away, but always nice to land back at home.

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Post Christmas / Holiday Cheer

I can't believe that we are already into 2016. Where has the time gone?!

I am pleased as punch that I have my first finish of 2016. 

It has been a fun journey from start to finish. This was a project started with my friend Wendy. We had been collecting red and white fabric to use in a quilt. It took us a while to decide what block we wanted to do and eventually settled on a Dresden Plate. 

This has been one of the easiest and most satisfying quilts to make. 

It truly went together relatively quickly and easily. Who doesn't love a Dresden Plate?

The blocks are a decent size so it makes for a good size quilt in no time.

These are a couple with my favourite centers. I decided to deviate a bit adding the aqua and black colour for a splash to both the centers and the corner block to break up the scrappy sashing.

This was a pretty good stash buster too - Bonus!!

Is this not the cutest and most adorable stocking?! I just got it in the mail from Jen over at Glinda Quilts. She has become a great blogger friend. Check out what she has accomplished.

I've had a glorious 10 1/2 days off work. I have enjoyed recharging, relaxing and having a great time with family over the Christmas break. Christmas day was one of the most fun that we've had for a long time. We laughed until it hurt. 

I trust that your 2016 is wonderful and blessed!