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Sewing in the Mountains

Last week I ran away to the mountains to sew for a couple of days. It was just what I needed. It was a small retreat of about 30 of the nicest women and it was so cozy and productive. That first morning when I woke-up to the smell of french-toast and the hum of sewing machines going, I wondered if I was in heaven. Pretty close.

It’s fun to be surrounded by talented, creative women who also are covered in thread and love fabric. None of these projects are mine. I loved all the inspiration. (Clockwise from top left: Sandy Klop star, Mischelle and her rainbow beauty, someone’s half-square-triangle star, Amber with her Single Wedding Ring quilt.

More inspiration: Marion with her new saw-tooth blocks, gorgeous Cotton+Steel quilt by Cheryl, spiderweb block by April, and Fig Tree blocks by Mary.

I brought along some of my own WIP’s to work on and got a lot done. (woo!) This circle of goodness is a conglomeration of my stash of Denyse Schmidt prints combined with Alison Glass Handcrafted (available here and here). First of all, I love how Denyse Schmidt’s fabrics over many collections play so well together. Second, I think DS and Alison Glass are a match made in heaven.

Here’s the end result of that pile o’ goodness. Turned out even better than I’d hoped. Yes. I’m in love. I made it using my Hopscotch pattern. Originally made from Kona Solids, I’ve wanted to do a print version for sometime. Now to get the borders on and get it quilted. ASAP. The neutral fabrics in this quilt at Robert Kaufman’s Quilter’s Linen in Beige and Riley Blakes La Creme with gray polkadots.

I also finally pieced my vintage sheet quilt. Yay! (but failed to get a decent picture of it. boo.) I think I cut out these squares about 4-5 years ago. I had some of the rows pieced, but I think the last time I worked on it was at this same retreat 2 years ago. Now to find the perfect back for this one. Another UFO/WIP almost off the list.

While there I also did a trunk show of some of my quilts from Fabulously Fast Quilts and elsewhere.

In addition I finished two over-due Bee-blocks and got started on this other pile of inspiration. This quilt is for a friend. She chose the palette and I’m totally digging it. It’s my first time making a “white” quilt and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

It sure is nice to get away sometimes. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you can sit and sew all day and someone else even makes all your food. I highly recommend it.
A big thanks to my family for letting me go for a couple of days. They seemed to survive well without me – although my youngest did tell me he forgot his backpack one day and his older brother almost wore the younger brother’s pants to school. Fortunately my neighbor who was driving them gently suggested he change out of the “capris” he was wearing. πŸ™‚
Now it’s back to the regularly scheduled crazies here. (I haven’t touched my machine since I’ve been home.) Good thing I like the regular crazies so much or I’d be tempted to run away more often.

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    SewPsyched!
    March 12, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I'm so glad you had such a lovely relaxing time πŸ™‚ and your Hopscotch in Prints is just marvelous!

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    March 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Sounds so fun! I agree the DS and AG look amazing and the Hopscotch quilt is beautiful! I really like the white pull too and looking forward to seeing what you make!

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    V Hair
    March 12, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Love the combination of Denise's and Alison's ranges. I must get some Handcrafted soon!

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    Karen - Quilts...etc.
    March 12, 2015 at 4:31 am

    that looks like such a beautiful place to go on a retreat. So lucky to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and beautiful quilt although the quilts could be counted as scenery! I love the scenery of Utah

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    Karen
    March 12, 2015 at 6:47 am

    LOVE your new Hopscotch quilt. What two neutrals did you use? Thanks.

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      amy smart
      March 16, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Good question! Riley Blake La Creme gray dots, and Robert Kaufman&#39;s Quilter&#39;s Linen in Beige. :)<br />

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    Vicki Gray
    March 12, 2015 at 6:49 am

    When I saw the first picture of the cabin, I swooned. I thought, &quot;I want to live there….I could plan retreats for quilty ladies to come play with me.&quot; It looks like a lovely way to refresh and get some projects done. Beautiful quilts everywhere! I love how you share your family life too….it is a blessing to have this time away for yourself, but I can tell that you are a sweet

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    CherylB
    March 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

    OH MY GOODNESS..when I saw the cabin..I wanted to grab a change of clothes and move in<br />that<br /><br />that<br />last photo of your quilt is absolutely breathtaking..the most beautiful shot of a quilt in nature Ive ever seen<br /><br />Im working on my 2ND quilt EVER…its a KING HST…wish me luck….

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      amy smart
      March 16, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Aww thank you! And good luck! πŸ™‚

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    Debbie Collins
    March 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    What pattern are you using for your friends white quilt, I&#39;m needing to do a tan/white quilt and could use an idea<br />Thanks<br />

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      amy smart
      March 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I&#39;m thinking something pretty basic like half-square-triangles.

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    Melissa Corry
    March 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Love your new Hopscotch quilt!!! Absolutely fabulous πŸ˜‰ Wish I could have come up and played with you ladies, but I am running away this weekend, so I just couldn&#39;t swing it. Next time maybe πŸ˜‰

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    dolores
    March 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Brilliant! And I&#39;m so jealous of your sewcation!:)<br /><br />Guess what? I just finished the top of a Modern Chainsaw and I love, love, love it!:)

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    KMSC
    March 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Aren&#39;t quilting retreats the best?! I love all of the quilts from you and your friends. I will definitely tag this post for future ideas and inspiration.

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    Muzikal Mama
    March 12, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I&#39;m almost ready to start putting together the blocks for D&#39;s Moroccan Tile! Sure wish I could get away… I haven&#39;t done a quilt retreat in years!

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    lalaluu
    March 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Great post – I love all the pics! Thanks for taking the time out of your sewing to take them and also for sharing with us. Such a colorful group you had – very inspirational!

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    Rebekah
    March 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    What a gorgeous setting! My guild&#39;s weekend retreat starts tomorrow and I&#39;m excited for the mini-getaway. I always get so much accomplished at retreats.<br />

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    Brianna
    March 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I love your new hopscotch quilt. So fresh. Have fun with those lovely soft greys!

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    Rebecca Grace
    March 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Too funny about the &quot;capris&quot;! I ran away to the Sewing &amp; Quilt Expo in Atlanta this week and today I started getting frantic texts from my 8th grader about missing the deadline to order his cap and gown for graduation. …And WHY couldn&#39;t Daddy handle that one?! Mystery of the Universe!! Glad you had fun at your retreat.

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    O'Quilts
    March 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    That is my favorite kind of vacation too…the pix are wonderful

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    The Farmhouse Quilter
    March 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    This post makes me even more excited for my first quilting retreat in April!!! I am leaving my three kids and hubby for 4 days!! It looks heavenly…

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    Susan Smith
    March 13, 2015 at 3:22 am

    It looks like you had a really fun, productive time!

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    Donna
    March 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The retreat looks like a wonderful mental health day.! And the end results are beautiful! I need to pull my hopscotch kit out and do it and have my own retreat! Thanks for posting and all the inspiration you share!<br />

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    Amy Deason
    March 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I&#39;m in love with these pictures!!!! I can tell that beautiful quilting and lots of fun was going on. I would absolutely to join this fun. Can you PLEASE tell me how to get involved with this mountain retreat? I have been searching for something like this. THANKS Amy, The Stitchery

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    Karen
    March 13, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Love that mini quilt? you&#39;re holding up with the pale blues and green! Capris! Every young man needs to develop his own fashion sense, but glad your neighbor noticed. πŸ™‚

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    Karen
    March 13, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Love that mini quilt? you&#39;re holding up with the pale blues and green! Capris! Every young man needs to develop his own fashion sense, but glad your neighbor noticed. πŸ™‚

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    gibbygoo56
    March 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I can imagine the creative energy buzzing in this log cabin. It had to be a fantastic time.

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    Marie
    March 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Certainly looks like heaven to me! Where were you? It looks gorgeous. Great projects too!

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      amy smart
      March 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

      The cabin is in Hobble Creek Canyon in Springville, Utah.

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    Carina
    March 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, they look absolutely stunning!

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    Welcome to WordPress Amy — your new site looks fabulous! Your newest post showed up in feedly, but not here on the blog — don’t know is that was intentional or not. Just wanted to say Happy Belated Birthday and love your new digs!!!

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    Kay Losh
    March 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    looking forward to seeing this :white: quilt. I mode one for my daughter-in-law of shades of tans, ecrus, and browns. It was lovely with just tonal differences!

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    March 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    My birthday was last week too! The 11th. Maybe this could be a great birthday present! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    March 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Site looks great at first viewing, a lot of work but worth it. I remember those smocked dresses, neat photo from your archive. Would love to win the bundle, so interesting and varied,
    Susan

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