Thursday, October 29, 2015

Packed for Retreat and a "Positively" update!

I'm excited about our fall retreat. I've been organizing, cutting and packing projects. These are the projects so far!! 
I cut the fabrics for the guild's mystery quilt. Two of the fabrics came from my stash!!! I purchased the top two fabrics. That print batik has been marinating in my stash for more than nine years!
I said to myself, "Enough petting!!! Use it!"
















I determined how I was going to make the complimentary block to my churn dash. Click the link to read what promoted me to stitch these! I even stitched a sample so I know my idea will work. 



I packed my string geese project to add "wings" to the "geese." I was asked to provide a demo so decided this would be a great project to share. This is a Bonnie Hunter technique. The string pieced geese in this photo represent the contents of a two gallon plastic bag stuffed full of strings less than 1 1/2 inches wide. I'll know after retreat how many more I need to stitch! I'll also know how many blocks I've sewn!! (By the way, since emptying the two gallon bag, I've been filling a quart bag of strings!) Before Bonnie Hunter, I threw these away. Soon, I'm going to have enough blocks for a top! Who knew???







I packed "Positively too. 
This is what the top looked liked after I had the coins stitched to the sides and started to place the piano key border.

















Here is the top with the piano keys. I like it!!!




Then, I pieced the remaining pieces.
I didn't have many left! 

















I used 38 seven inch squares from the previous fall retreat exchange and I added two more squares of red and another neutral square that is featured in the second scrappy block. This was the fabric that I exchanged!

















Then it was time to audition bigger fabric pieces for the back. I can't close the green drawer on my stash, so the back had to have some green! :) I sure like the interest a pieced back gives to a quilt.









The dark fabric was a fat quarter that we received at retreat. I have a few "strings" left of the dark green; but, the lime green is gone!













Then I packed the project so I can pin baste it for quilting. It measures about 32"w x 49"h. 















I also cut the strips and triangles for the sashing for my hexagon BOM. I didn't realize when I decided to use both backgrounds how hard it would make finding sashing/border fabric!!! I've packed more; but, will save that for a later post. Let's see how much progress I can make!!!!



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    1. Thanks Diane, wish you could come too!--Terry

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  2. I sure enjoy your colorfullness! Have a great time at retreat.
    Luann
    PS I'm still looking for a proper sized box to send your hat in.

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    1. Thanks Luann! Color is fun. I did have a great time at retreat. There was a lot of sewing going on!!!! (With loads of laughter sprinkled on top!)-Terry

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  3. I'm so sad that I wasn't packing up to go too. Have a great time.

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    1. We were sad that you weren't there too! You were missed!--Terry

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  4. I'm glad to find your blog here, Terry! Yes, Bonnie Hunter is a genius -- her ideas seem insane sometimes, but when you try them they really work!

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    1. I agree with you, Monica, about Bonnie Hunter being a genius. I'm slowly cutting down my scraps into useable hunks Bonnie style and she is so right about how much less space they take!!---Terry

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