Another Retreat!

Boy, you would think I do nothing but go on quilting retreats! This has certainly been the summer of quilting retreats.

On the first day of the weekend I finished my clothesline purse! It's really more of a tote then a purse I'd say actually. I suppose only a purse addict like myself would differentiate between the two! I added the handles, some super cute buttons and went with no-lining. I'm happy it's done. And that will be my last clothesline purse! Lol!

Thursday night I finished quilting Peacock Lane and on Friday I added the binding. I still have to hand-stitch it, but I think I'll save it for the long weekend.

I started cutting out my new pattern on Friday. Ascend. This is my first pattern by Carolina Patchwork. She designs beautiful quilts but the construction is not for the faint of heart! There was a lot of cutting and a chart and a diagram. Highlighters and an entire pack of dollar store post-it notes were also involved! The cutting and organizing alone took the whole rest of Friday afternoon and evening.

Saturday I began piecing the strips. Every single strip was its own unique arrangement so there wasn't a lot of room for chain-piecing without losing your place in the diagram. It was a slow gradual process that took all day but it was worth it! I really love the unique zig zag pattern, sort of like mountains ascending… Hence the name, Acsend, I suppose!

I'm going to back this quilt with minky that matches the brown/grey fabric perfectly!

My mom worked all weekend on a giant Salt Ait quilt. She used three jelly rolls and made like 102 blocks! I think this is a great quilt! The colors are awesome and the look is nice and scrappy.

Today I sewed a few hexagon blocks with pre-cuts I bought a couple months ago. I wanted to learn how to make Y seams and so I thought machine sewing these would be good practice.

Then I sewed another Swoon block. So now I have 6 out of 9 of the blocks finished! These are still so fun to piece. I still love these giant scale star blocks!

It was a great weekend! Good people, good food, laughs, fabric, sewing… Perfect!

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