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More Retreat Goodies


You would be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic setting for a quilting getaway than at a lodge situated above this view.

The truth is, most of us had little time to look up. We were so busy looking down at our sewing machines.

Here are some of the end results of the quilts made at the retreat. The challenge was to use only fabric from scraps of materials in our stash. Here is one flimsy in the works, laid out in front of the huge fireplace.

A closer look will show you the challenge that the quilter probably faced in trying to get squares and triangles into a heart shape.

Not satisfied to merely sew scraps together, this quilter found a more complicated design and used mainly blue scraps with a few other colours for highlights. The border of tiny triangles gives me a headache just thinking about the work involved in sewing it.

Strips sewn into squares, in a variation of log cabin style — lots of thought went into the design and placement of these colours and squares.

Only a little bit of material left over? Why not make a table runner?

Making up the layers of the quilt: The backing material is taped to the table. Then the batting is laid over top, always brushing it smooth to get out any wrinkles. At last the flimsy is laid over top and clamped down, starting at one end, smoothing it, and adding another clamp and another as the wrinkles are smoothed out. Then comes the job of pinning it through all three layers to keep it them in place. See the pins (like safety pins) already in place on the side of the quilt that is hanging down? Only then does the quilting begin.

Some half-finished quilts are hung up to inspire us.

More quilts, and an apron.

After four days of sewing, most of us got plenty of work done, with only a bit of finishing up to do at home. Great camaraderie among the quilters makes these trips a lot of fun.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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42 thoughts on “More Retreat Goodies

  1. This looks like tons of fun! Brings back fond memories of quilting retreats I’ve gone on in the past. It’s so inspiring to be working around others who are also sewing, to see what they are doing. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  2. Quilts, landscapes, people – all are beautiful πŸ™‚


  3. Wow! What a lot of work! And such an idyllic location. πŸ™‚

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  4. Wonderful designs and ingenuity! It sounds like a lot of fun and hard work.

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  5. I can’t believe it’s already been a year, Anneli. I remember scrolling in awe…and it seems like a few weeks ago. So beautiful!

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  6. Such a lovely venue, Anneli! I’ll go along just to hang around outside. The heart quilt must be agonising to make, so many geometric shapes to work through. ☺️

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  7. That looks like fun! A quilted item is truly a beautiful thing.

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  8. Thanks, Carol. It’s fun to “build” a useful thing from scratch.


  9. Those quilts are just wonderful and so is the location. Lots of work and tools are needed to do them.


  10. Dear Anneli,
    WOW, these quilts look great!
    We suppose it’s lots of work to produce such quilts. We haven’t even tried to make one although we like them.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  11. Wow.. That is a lot of work…

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  12. Beautiful pieces. They look tedious. Lots of patience needed.

    Do glad you had a wonderful time (love the view).

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  13. What a beautiful assortment of quilts and patterns, Anneli. I really enjoyed the variety, and the skill that each one entails. Are any of these yours?

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  14. The designs are breathtaking. Truly

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  15. What a delightful read Anneli – the colourful quilts are beautiful! Crafts and nature make the best combination. I’m a novice sewer and have never tried quilting. I’ve been rather absent on here – busy with other projects and Lottie our little dog has been unwell for a few months so not been getting out so much. Ruby is as energetic as ever. How is your Ruby doing?

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    • Our Ruby is almost completely deaf and likes to stay by the warm tiles in front of the fire. She still howls if she is left behind when the Captain goes hunting, but she did have a few good duck hunts last fall (paying for it later with aching shoulder joints that had her slipping on the stairs). She’s hanging in there though. She’ll be 13 years old in four days. I hope your Lottie is feeling better. Thanks for the visit. You should try quilting. It’s really fun.

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  16. This is fascinating! The quilts are stunning. Creativity is everywhere.

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