As I promised yesterday – we have our 2nd post for the Beginners and Finishers Retreat from a couple of weeks ago!
We had 2 styles of beginners – the first being those that are new to paper-piecing and/or Judy Niemeyer Patterns. In this group we had some working on Total Eclipse and 1 working on Dancing Batiks.
In our other group of beginners – we had those that are familiar with Judy’s patterns and paper-piecing in general and they chose to BEGIN new projects! (not included in the photo’s is Ronda’s arcs for her Flowers for My Wedding Ring – can’t wait for September’s Wedding Ring Retreat to see more of this one!) I also missed getting pictures of Terri’s Glacier Star she left a day early to play with grand babies!
I did not have any finishes myself, but I did get a good start on some new beginnings!
And just some other fun stuff to share! I should’ve taken photos of the food – Ronda always takes really good care of us in that department!
For those of you that follow the blog you will remember I taught a fabulous group of quilters way back in January at The Wimberley Quilt Ranch. Our quilt of choice was Fire Island Hosta. If you want to re-visit that blog post click HERE!
The end of June found me back at the Quilt Ranch and this will be a 2-part post. This is part 1 (well part 2 of the Fire Island Hosta, part 1 of the June Retreat!) This retreat was for “Beginners and Finishers!” We had 2 finishers from our January retreat and I would like to highlight those quilts here along with “Lucy’s” Fire Island Hosta which is HOT OFF the Long Arm! I had so much fun quilting her quilt – I love whimsical quilting and her quilt was just the key for some of that fun!
So here is to our Fire Island Finishers!
Click here to get your pattern! What to join us for a retreat? I have several on the schedule!
Sometimes I think I must have the best “job” around! Thanks to all of you for being part of the fun!
I had the privilege this weekend to teach a fabulous group of women at a quilt retreat I held at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch. This was the 2nd time I had hosted a retreat here and I really enjoy this facility. This time we also had the owner of the retreat center join us. It was a pleasure getting Diane hooked on Judy patterns! Because our retreat was full with a waiting list Diane would head back to her home (just down the road) each night to catch a few winks (or bottle feed the calf)! She did say she really sees the value of being able to just stay and “retreat”! I think we will talk her into staying the night at the June retreat, which I am just finalizing the details on.
Here are the photos from our Fire Island Hosta Retreat!
We had typical TX spring weather – Thursday was probably 80 degrees, windy on Friday as the front moved in, rainy on Saturday and Sunday started out crisp in the morning and turned out to be a perfect day – I even cleaned the car and took it to the car wash when I got back from retreat. This morning it was 36 degrees, a little breezy and the heater is on!
Now time to unpack and get ready for the next adventure!
Usually I make quilts! When I finished this one my first thought was “I made art today!” Even hubby said “WOW!”
I purchased the fabrics in April of this year at The Quilted Skein in LaGrange, TX. I had not even opened the pattern before we got there and I started pulling fabrics. Then I had to do a quick read to see what my fabric requirements would be as I was not following the same placement as the cover photo. Fabric pulled and acquired in less than 45 minutes.
I didn’t get started on this project right away as I was working on some market samples for Island Batik and Quiltworx as well as many other projects that were not all sewing related.
After I completed the pieced leaves, the gold and purple ones – I said “Oh Oh it is quite LSU!” Nothing wrong with that, just not what I was going for.
Then I started adding my other fabrics and it just came to life!
I am sure it will be a little bright for some of you – but that is the fun about ART – it is in the eye of the beholder!
If you would like to make this quilt – you can join me in Wimberley, TX January 29-February 1st. I am hosting a retreat and this is the selected pattern. There is also a queen size option. Click here for more details. The food is fabulous, thanks to our wonderful cook, Ronda! The Quilt Ranch is fabulous and the setting is in the hill country of TX and is just beautiful. All we need is you to make it perfect!
Go be creative and make the world a beautiful place!
As a workshop leader for quilting classes I so enjoy watching students learn new techniques and take on projects that they never thought possible. This last set of Oh My Judy Stars students were just amazing. They did their pre-class homework, then did their in between homework and they just really had a good time.
Here are a few photos from the group, not all the students were able to attend the final class, if they send me photos of their quilts I will share in the future.
Agnes and her husband chose the fabrics together for this quilt, I think they make a GREAT team!
The quilt below is Mariner’s Compass. Pat will be making this quilt queen size, she will be adding 4 corners to this octagon to square it up to 60×60, then she adds 4 more corners to put it on point along with a fabulous paper-pieced border that will have a white background with chocolate accents. Pat’s center wasn’t laying quite as flat as I thought it should, I was able to show her how to “spin” her seams and now it is flat flat flat. She was over the moon thrilled with learning that new tip! Pat has already made Glacier Star and it is in my studio awaiting it’s turn for quilting – will you want to see photos of that one?
Sara had purchased this kit from Pinwheels and Posies, she changed up the color placement in the Lone Star center and I just love how it turned out. After a few tense moments while working through her Y seams Sara is now very pleased with her quilt – AS SHE SHOULD BE!
And here is Sandy’s Summer Solstice – don’t you love the tropical feel of her colors!
My students were doing so well in our final class that they encouraged me to pull out my project and sew – here is my Fire Island Hosta. This quilt is going to be a lot of fun to teach, new techniques that will be used in several of the upcoming patterns from Judy Niemeyer Quilting. While it may look difficult at first glance – if you read the pattern and use all of the helpful registration points this quilt will go together quite easily.
And below is a teaser – I am teaching at a retreat in August in Wimberley, TX. I will be teaching the Captain’s Wheel pattern. One of our retreat attendees as been busy with her pre-class homework, here is one of Sharon D’s “Compass Rose” blocks for her quilt. Linda L and Sharon J have also been busy, they have all their fabrics cut and they have each made at least 1 Compass Rose Unit. Do you want to make this quilt? I am teaching this class at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX – class #1 is July 30 and the 2nd class is August 13.
Which Judy Niemeyer Quilt do you want to make? What is stopping you?