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Quilt Camp

Whew! I’m back from a busy weekend away at Quilt Camp! I actually got back Sunday evening, but I still feel like I’m recovering from all the late nights and fun. We had such a good time. Thursday afternoon, Jeni drove to my house from Wisconsin so we could car pool to Michigan together. It was really nice to have someone to chat with during the drive and it seemed to go by rather quickly, rather than the 3+ hours. We stayed at the Hankerd Inn in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. It was so cute! Lots of old barns and cottages set up specifically for quilting/sewing retreats. The owner was just the sweetest and took such good care of us while we were there.

There was lots of open sewing time and also four classes. I taught my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern.

There were quite a few people paper piecing for the first time – and we had a lot of success! These are only a few of the finishes.

Since I’ve already made one mini quilt from the pattern layout, I’m thinking of an alternative design with my blocks.

Heather taught Improv and everyone made really great blocks.

Jeni taught her famous drawstring bags and Brenda taught English Paper Piecing. There were bags and hexies popping up all over the place!

So much holiday sewing was accomplished – this is only part of the projects everyone finished.

These were my table mates for the weekend – my great friend Kara (we met just after college in 2000), Cristin, Angela, and Amanda.

And my fellow “camp counselors” – Heather, Brenda and Jeni.

I’m so grateful for everyone that came to hang out and sew. This was the first time for Brenda’s Quilt Camp and I know she plans many more! Hopefully many of you will get a chance to attend one of the future camp weekends.

December 11, 2012   26 Comments

Poinsettia Pillow Goes to Quilt Camp

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I finished my Quilt Camp Poinsettia Pillow last week! This pillow (or mini quilt if you’d like) is the project I’m teaching at Quilt Camp in December. The individual block is a design by Nancy Cabot (1937) called Miller’s Daughter. I shrunk the block down in size, pieced 4 and added a border to make an 18″ pillow.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I quilted this pillow with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams (and beyond into the sashing). The fabric is mostly Denyse Schmidt’s latest line Chicopee which I’m officially in love with.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I also worked in a bit of her lines for JoAnns Fabric and a print from Anna Maria Horner’s discontinued line Good Folks. (I needed some green.) The neutrals are Art Gallery Fabrics Linen White and Free Spirit Design Solid Sand Dune.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

The back of the pillow is a simple envelope enclosure. I bound my pillow just like I would a quilt, so I can either use it on my couch, or hang it on my wall as a mini quilt.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

At my class in Quilt Camp, we will work on paper piecing the corners of each of these blocks and then piecing together the rest of the block. It is a great project for those that are new to paper piecing and/or want tips on precision piecing and getting everything to line up just right. There are still some spaces left for Quilt Camp. Check out my post from a few days ago for all the details and the link to sign up!

September 11, 2012   15 Comments

Quilt Camp!

Who wants to go to camp? Quilt Camp! Quilt Camp is a holiday sewing retreat where you can get together with friends, relax, finish those last holiday gifts, and take classes from some of us Midwest bloggers! The retreat is scheduled December 7-9 (the 6th is an optional day).

Quilt Camp will take place at the Hankerd Inn in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. We are going to have a blast! Isn’t it cute?

I will be teaching Foundation Piecing and we will make an 18″ pillow/mini quilt (your choice!) which matches the Quilt Camp logo.

Poinsetta Pillow - Quilt Camp!

Jeni Baker of In Color Order will be teaching her awesome Drawstring Bag pattern in a variety of sizes (perfect for wrapping gifts!).

Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie will be teaching Improvisational Piecing.

Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics and Just a Bit Frayed will be teaching English Paper Piecing, specifically how to make hexies and then applique them onto a surface such as a purse or tea towel.

Pricing includes shared lodging (see the Information Page for details on rooms), brunch and dinner each day and ALL classes. They only thing you need to bring is your fabric, sewing machine and notions. We will provide you with project supply lists before December.

Click Here for Quilt Camp Details and Schedule
Click Here to Purchase your Quilt Camp Ticket (December 7th – 9th, 2012)
Click Here to Purchase an Additional Night for Quilt Camp (December 6th)

There are only 32 spots so I encourage you to sign up quickly if you want to come. I hope to see you there!

August 29, 2012   31 Comments