Friday, September 11, 2020

What to pack for a quilt retreat: Printable retreat packing checklist

What is a Quilt Retreat?

A quilt retreat can mean different things to different people. Some retreats have more structure than others. Some will have classes and usually you are free to participate or not in those. Always bring more to work on than you think you will need. I bring LOTS of different projects to work on. I like to put individual projects in plastic bags or project tubs. I try to include everything in that tub that goes with the project such as HST paper, specialty rulers, the pattern and so on. (Note: do all of your pre-cutting BEFORE retreat - gives you more time for sewing)

My FIRST retreat (way back in 1983 at the Oklahoma State Retreat at Fin-n-Feather Resort) had around 250 quilters from Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. It had Friday night entertainment, vendors, classes, and meals provided. This was a full structured event, I remember that Ricky Timms was the speaker at one of the retreats in the 1980's.  Nowadays, I mostly just attend retreats with close friends or Bee members, and we usually start on a Monday morning through Thursday noon. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Easy Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial

Easy Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt Pattern

Disappearing Nine Patch quilts are designed by arranging and sewing together nine squares to create a traditional nine patch quilt block. But, instead of leaving the block as-is it is sliced (or chopped) into four equal sections to create the disappearing design.

I originally used this block with a block exchange with my quilt bee several years ago. We ALL used a French Navy Blue for the 'sashing' blocks, and used brightly colored batiks for the 'color block' and 'cornerstones'.


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Quilting Terms and Definitions

Quilting Terms and Definitions 

Lots of terms and definitions floating around out there. What in the heck does "Assembly Line Piecing" mean? If you are on any lists or Facebook groups, you are going to run into these terms. I've been quilting for years (and years and years - yeah - a long time) and these are some of the terms that you see quite a bit.

Quilting Terms

Album Quilt ... A quilt assembled from individual blocks, each designed and/or executed by a different person. Album blocks are appliqued or pieced (or both), and frequently stitched into a quilt by a group for presentation to a public figure to commemorate a special occasion. In the past, blocks often were signed and dated by the maker in ink or embroidery.