The new baby has arrived I can't wait to use her. I need to get the accessory feet and the extension table. It would help to have the sewing room finished too. I am going to have to built a table just for her to sit on.
Every year eight of our ladies from my quilt group, Patches-n-peace makers, go to a retreat over presidents day week end. They go to Driggs Idaho for four days. This year, My dear sweet friend Audrey opened her home up for those of us who couldn't go. We totaled four in all. We had plenty of food and conversation and we each did a little bit of quilting.
This is my friend Audrey on the Right. On the left is Marilyn, she is explaining to us how to make the hot pad that she is holding.
Marilyn is busy sewing. she sewed more than the rest of us. I just talked most of the time. It was the first time I had spent time with these ladies for two months due to all the illness with my DH and I. so I had lots to say.
Audrey's Husband was a fine woods craftsman and had a wood working shop in a shed in their driveway. Audrey felt that this would make a good place for her to put her long arm and studio after her husbands passing. A group of men from our church that helps widows and single moms, have been working diligently to make this a reality for her. She gave us a sneak peek at the progress they are making . She talked to us about what her plan is for that space. Here we are standing in the shed.
Audrey has not used her long arm. Her and her daughter bought it together. Sadly six months after they bought it, Her Daughter died of Brain Cancer. That was five years ago. Audrey is finally getting to the point in her grief process to where she has been taking long arm classes and is ready to start using it.
This is the quilt that I worked on at Audrey's it is a little bid further along than this pic, but I want to wait until I finish the top to post another one. This is the fabric that I won from the summer block challenge contest.
I am far behind where I should be on posts Girls. Now that DH and I are better and things are getting back to normal, I thought I would get caught up on a few things.
I think that this group of quilts is actually from our December monthly meeting. The first four quilts are from our hand quilters. This is Jan and her daughter Dayna. They do all their work by hand.(piecing and quilting) However there has been a shift in the wind. Jan is learning free motion, and Dayna just bought her first long arm. Two of the quilts show off their handy work. They are not only very good at hand quilting, but as you can see They will quickly master their new skills as machine quilters. The Last two pictures of of two antique quilts that were found in the top of a closet when one of our ladies mother past away. They belonged to her mothers grandmother.
Back of quilt
the quilt below is all hand applique
There was fun to be had by all at our first annual north west quilt retreat. It was held in Leavenworth Washington for 7 days. There were 20 of us that attended. Following are pictures of some of the projects that the ladies worked on that week.