I am back from my retreat that was held in St. Louis, MO at the Mercy Center; and I had such a good time and was pretty productive while there, too.
My goal this year was to get another UFO done and that was my fermenting 9-patches that I have had since the early 2000s. They were from a swap with a bunch of gals and the theme for them was Robyn Pandolph. I found at least 10 yards of four different gold fabrics in my stash (meant for this project originally) that I cut up to be the alternating blocks and now this quilt is a top. I have to order a backing (hoping to find a 108" wide back in Robyn's fabrics, also).
Then there was the baby quilt that I cut out prior to attending the retreat. I got it all done. I have the backing here at home, so it will probably be the first one on the long arm so that I can say it is done. I even made the binding at retreat.
Did make a little shopping trip to Jackman's ( a great shop for all kinds of sewing things and it is huge!!!) and Janie Lou ( this is a mostly modern fabric shop...I love it!) where I bought this adorable pink giraffe minky. I threw it together as a little baby throw and will be gifting it this weekend at a baby shower. (so that makes three projects done)
Also, picked up some fabric (and a book for the pattern) to make another baby quilt. They didn't have all the fabrics in stock, but I did find them on-line and will be ordering them tonight so I can throw it together soon. I am missing the panel and the piglets.
Then there was this lovely gray and white stripe (diagonal) that I just couldn't resist for a binding. I have yardage of a gray with tiny white dots that I plan on using someday for a background and I thought this would make a great binding for that quilt.
I, also, took a bag of prepared Hearts and Hands paper piece blocks, but they take a long time to complete; but I did get three done.....from sewing them, pulling the paper off and appliqueing the center circles....like I said, very time consuming, So I am three closer to being finished. I think there are now 37 more to go.
While at Jackman's, I picked up the roll of batt that I had pre-ordered from them a month ago, so I was driving home with a 30-yard roll of batting in the backseat. They did a pretty good job of vacuum packing this thing. I am afraid that once I break into that shrink wrap, it is going to explode like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. We will see.
I am going to try and post my pictures of everyone's show and tell AND the projects that they were working on at retreat. Hopefully this works. We have a lot of very talented ladies in this group. So, please take a look at what all was accomplished and I hope you enjoy the show. I know I did.