Beginners & Finishers! Wimberley June 2015

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.

Dancing Batiks - pattern of choice for Pat
Pat’s “Dancing Batiks”
Total Eclipse "I think this is Terri's"
Total Eclipse by Maggie!
Linda's Fire Island Hosta - teal is the magic color in this one.  She is making it king size and I really hope to see a photo finish of this one - it is going to be awesome!
Linda’s Fire Island Hosta – teal is the magic color in this one. She is making it king size and I really hope to see a photo finish of this one – it is going to be awesome!
Susan's "Total Eclipse"
Susan’s “Total Eclipse”
Here is Carol's Total Eclipse
Here is Carol’s Total Eclipse

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!

JoAnn worked on her Prairie Star.  She had this quilt top all together and decided she wanted to brighten it up.... so she took it apart and remade the Geese and H units with lighter background.  She also took out the center CS units and went with a lighter background and then added the absolute last square inch of the lighter background to her LS units!  Not something I would've done BUT the it was a dramatic difference and really added a lot of zing to her quilt!
JoAnn worked on her Prairie Star. She had this quilt top all together and decided she wanted to brighten it up…. so she took it apart and remade the Geese and H units with lighter background. She also took out the center CS units and went with a lighter background and then added the absolute last square inch of the lighter background to her LS units! Not something I would’ve done BUT the it was a dramatic difference and really added a lot of zing to her quilt!
Vernell started her Glacier Star!
Vernell started her Glacier Star!
Forgot to include Belinda's Fire Island Hosta in yesterday's post!
Forgot to include Belinda’s Fire Island Hosta in yesterday’s post!

I did not have any finishes myself, but I did get a good start on some new beginnings!

From the new Geese Migrations Book - "Always Chasing Rainbows"
From the new Geese Migrations Book – “Always Chasing Rainbows”
Indian Summer using Kaffe's with Black/White.
Indian Summer using Kaffe’s with Black/White.
Prismatic Star was so much fun I had to start another one.  This one has my fabric choices and all of the diamonds will be identical!
Prismatic Star was so much fun I had to start another one. This one has my fabric choices and all of the diamonds will be identical!

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!

Terri's show and share - I may not have captured her Glacier Star but that is ok but this quilt was AMAZING.  She did NOT strip piece those 9 patches - they are each individual squares!
Terri’s show and share – I may not have captured her Glacier Star but that is ok but this quilt was AMAZING. She did NOT strip piece those 9 patches – they are each individual squares!
The bobbin in the photo gives you some perspective on the size of those 9 patches!
The bobbin in the photo gives you some perspective on the size of those 9 patches!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!  While we were there we were also able to observe Jupiter and Venus converging - my amateur photography skills could not capture this (especially without my tripod!)
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others! While we were there we were also able to observe Jupiter and Venus converging – my amateur photography skills could not capture this (especially without my tripod!)

I hope you enjoy today’s post!

Dee

Seeking Spring in Wells, NV

Last August as we strolled through Vail, CO I received a call from Wells, NV.  For those of you that don’t know this, I was born in NV, just down the road from Wells, NV so when I saw this town pop up on the caller ID I answered.  And to my surprise it was a member of the Humminbolt Quilt Guild asking if I would come teach.  I said that sounded like fun, when were they thinking?  She said February – I said REALLY?  It is cold there then!  She said, yes, it would be very cold and they would be very tired of the cold by then and a quilting class would be just the ticket to “Beat the Winter Time Blues!”  We decided on Total Eclipse for the pattern and in February I found myself headed west on I-80 after flying into SLC, UT.

The members of the Humminbolt Quilt Guild were fabulous and we had a great time!  Here are some photos from the workshop!

What they will be making!
What they will be making!
Do I see Kaffe fabrics peaking out?
Do I see Kaffe fabrics peaking out?
Pretty little stacks!
Pretty little stacks!
Love Love Love that batik!
Love Love Love that batik!
Got the process down!
Got the process down!
The KM units!
The KM units!
Some more KM Units
Some more KM Units
H spikes - aren't they pretty?
H spikes – aren’t they pretty?
And the curved sewing begins
And the curved sewing begins
This stitcher was not happy with her colors - I LOVED them!
This stitcher was not happy with her colors – I LOVED them!
I see spring!
I see spring!
Somebody was very busy!
Somebody was very busy!
Look at those Kaffe's
Look at those Kaffe’s
We had a great facility!
We had a great facility!
Heading back to SLC - there is snow in those hills!  PeQuop Pass was a little scary!
Heading back to SLC – there is snow in those hills! PeQuop Pass was a little scary!

What workshop would you like me to teach in your area?  If you are in the Houston, TX area I will be teaching Total Eclipse with the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild in April – learn more here.

Stay tuned for more blog posts from this trip!

Denise