Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quilt Retreat

It seems like a long while ago but it was actually only 2 weeks ago that I went on the Heart of the Valley fall quilt retreat at YMCA Camp Hazen in Chester, Connecticut. I try to go every year and it is a wonderful time where quilting friends gather and we sew and we talk and we have meals together, all in the dining hall lodge with the flags of many different countries hanging from the ceiling. It was too warm for a fire in the fireplace this year but the snack table was abundant as usual and there were chair massages again.

I worked on several different projects and I was very happy to finish this baby quilt for my friend Manny and his wife Christina that I had started in May. The beautiful baby girl arrived on Sunday so the quilt got there just in time. I got the idea from a quilt that I saw on Pinterest and then I made my own pattern. The hearts were hand appliqued over the summer either on my front porch or over at a friend's place. It is nice to have a handwork project to work on and it becomes meditative. The rest of the quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted.

I started on a new project tonight. I had seen a cool tumbler pattern on Bonnie Hunter's blog a while ago at and last night at the JAM Quilters meeting at Lisa's Clover Hill Quilt Shop I found the Easy Dresden ruler that she recommends using to cut out tumblers. The tumbler is a one patch design traditionally made from scraps and it fascinates me the way the many colors and fabrics play across the surface. I cut out a bunch of tumblers tonight and will keep going until I decide that I have enough of them to do something. Sewing is something that calms me down and makes me feel better about myself. Quilting allows me to express myself however I want - art quilt, traditional quilt, something in between - no rules, no boundaries, no limitations.

Here is a photo of the camp. It is a wonderful, welcoming place that I am always glad to return to.

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