I began last week making a shop sample using Tula Pink’s newest line of animal fabric. I am really interested to see it quilted. In my opinion the quilting brings a quilt top to life. I enjoyed the challenge by using only fat quarters.
Then off to the new Blueberry Buckle Quilt Retreat located across the Highway from Bennett Springs State Park just northwest of Lebanon Missouri. It is beautiful and June has thought of everything a quilter would need for a retreat. It can accommodate 10 guests. The bedrooms are quite large enough that the occupants do not feel cramped. The bathroom is what you would expect at a luxurious spa. Very nice kitchen with everything you would need. The dining table can sit 10. Now the fun stuff.
Each attendee is afforded a large table with a comfortable chair on wheels as their own workspace. You can spread out and not interfere with anyone else’s workspace. There are three design walls which I want to replicate in my home workspace. (I’m really jealous). The cutting table and ironing station are perfect in everyway. Just the right height so as not to cause your back to ache from bending over too much. The lighting I can only rave about. Tall windows affording day light streaming in on all three sides of the sewing area with bright overhead lighting. I took an ott light as I was planning on handwork and really did not need to use it during the day. We each brought our own projects. The room is spacious yet cozy enough that everyone can participate in the banter and conversation from their own work area.
The retreat is located right on Highway 64 which is a busy highway and it was Memorial Weekend so traffic going and coming from the State Park right across the Highway was probably higher than normal and we did not even notice any sound from the traffic.
I forgot to mention the beautiful wrap-around covered porches and decks. I had my morning coffee sitting out on the deck enjoying a quiet peaceful morning.
So if you or your sewing group would like to schedule your own quilting get away contact June Buckles at Buckles, Bobbins & Bolts 417-650-5043 for information and availability.
Back home, unpacking, and getting back to my routine I have just the face of a pumpkin and a spooky house to finish applique and my Halloween project will be ready to quilt. Not ready to show photo yet.
Bird by Bird. What can I say. I struggled mightily attempting Phillipa’s technique using fusible and basting. I was not happy my my results and for me it was very time consuming. I have reverted to freezer paper and starch prepared edge which I am much more accomplished with more happier results. All I can say is Phillipa I gave it my best shot and it wasn’t good enough to achieve the results I wanted. Moving forward, accepting my disappointment I was able to complete prepping all of the center pieces to Bird by Bird with the exception of a multitude of different sized circles. I did get two of the arcs surrounding the center prepped with a decision made for what color rick rack to use and finished basting them. I am hopeful of machine appliqueing this quilt. Fingers crossed. I plan on a small practice piece.
Today is Memorial Day and I plan on remembering those that have gone on before me and thanking them for the gifts of love, friendship, teachings and letting them know how much they meant to me and how much I miss them.
Hope your Memorial Day is wonderful.
Keep in those stitches