Tammy, I-spy squares by Maggie, squares in squares by Patti, and scrappy-trip-along blocks by Michelle.
More pretty inspiration petals by Marion, sea-glass quilt by Suzanne and stars by Natalie. (Speaking of awesome Marion, she is collecting a few twin size quilts for a family in need. Want to help? Go here.) I have to say again, that quilter's are the nicest people! I thoroughly enjoyed everyone there and it's so fun to sit and sew with people I've corresponded with by email, but never had the chance to hang out with in real life. For example, I got to meet Cathleen of Quilt My Phone in real life for the first time! I've corresponded with Cathleen many times. She was even more awesome in person. Also at my table were Heather and Amber. I already knew they were talented, but now I know more of their life's story.Amber Johnson, Natalia Bonner, and Kati Spencer. I was late and sadly missed Amber's (boo) but I'll share a few a few glimpses of the other two. Natalia shared with us some of her quilting journey including her first Moda Bake Shop quilt, her mother's award winning quilt It's For the Birds quilt, and other quilts from her new book Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting. Natalia is crazy talented.
On the last day Kati Spencer braved crazy snow to share some of her quilts and quilt story with us. Kati has such an amazing eye for color and design. Her backs are equally as beautiful as her fronts. The top right quilt is one of Kati's newest patterns Honeycomb. Kati is a great example to me of doing what speaks to you. She has a beautiful take on expressing herself through quilting.
I was so excited to get caught up on a few of my own projects. I decided to finally tackle finishing my Bee quilt from 2010. All the blocks have been sitting in a basket and I'm determined to start assembling them. (I know. Pathetic, right?) I made a few other blocks to go with it and then I need to start putting the blocks together. I always love improv piecing I don't do it often enough. There was also a friendly cat at the cabin who was trying to fill the roll of my children and stand right on top of my blocks while I was trying to photograph them.Dream On blocks so maybe I can assemble that quilt before summer! I also finished a giant Jeni Baker star quilt top, but did not manage to take any pictures. So stay tuned for that one. In the process Marion and Heather decided to make one too. They are such a satisfying, quick finish!! At least the top. Marion already has hers quilted. Mine is just added to the endless works-in-progress piles around here. But I'm happy to say I'm making a dent in those!
So lovely to get away. Now it's back to catching up on everything at home...