I’m feeling very proud of myself. Finally pieced this baby over the weekend while I was at the Sewtopia retreat. It’s a wedding gift for a couple who got married over a year ago. (yikes.) It’s been such a fun one to work on. The pattern is inspired by Sandy Klop’s Merry Go Round. I modified it slightly (used 2 1/4″ strips) to use the fabric a little more efficiently. I’m getting the back pieced so I can send it off to the quilter. I’ll share more photos and details when it’s all done.
Sewtopia is a quilting retreat and the inaugural event was held this past weekend in Salt Lake City. It was a great retreat with lots of time to both sew and socialize. BERNINA sponsored machines for those traveling who did not want to bring a machine. Since I’m a local, I traveled with my own BERNINA classic – my 801 Sport. It was fun to see Sylvain (who is the funnest BERNINA guy ever) again. He helped me with my class last year at the Sewing Summit (although, this year we didn’t coordinate our outfits.)
I think one of the funnest parts of quilting retreats (aside from being with other like-minded kindred-sewing-spirits) is seeing what everyone is working on. Here are a few projects that were on the Pellon design walls. Elizabeth Hartman patterns were popular with her Aviatrix Medallion as well as Hazel Hedgehog and Preppy the Whale patterns under way by various sewers.
Marci’s gorgeous quilt made from Camille Roskelly’s Hopscotch pattern made from a gorgeous assortment of Denyse Schmidt fabrics.
While there, we also worked on string blocks made entirely of donated Cotton+Steel selvages. Also, there sure was a LOT of thread hanging around that room. I felt bad for whoever had to vacuum up after us.
These blocks were foundation pieced on paper. (Film in the Fridge has a great strings block tutorial.) By the end of the retreat, these blocks were pieced together and will be auctioned off as a charity quilt. It was pretty cool!
The sponsors of Sewtopia were very generous. I brought home a lot of loot- and I’m sharing a some of it – including a bunch more C+S selvages on my Instagram account this time. Feel free to enter there if you want a chance to win.
I always bring so many projects to retreats and only finish a few. I did, however, finish this over-due Bee block for Shari in time to hand it to her in person. And to get photo-bombed by the hilarious Monica (aka Happy Zombie). Which further proves, the funnest part of sewing retreats are the people who are there.
If you want to attend a future retreat, check out the Sewtopia site. The Chicago event this spring is sold out (but has a waiting list) and they just announced the event next fall will be in Portland, OR! Details to come.