Saturday, October 20, 2012

Quilting Retreat in Poconos

Every year my friend Cheryl hosts a retreat at her mountain home in Poconos. This was my first time up there. I can't tell you how great it was to hang out with my friends and sew around the kitchen table for a few days.

I worked on hsts and came home with plenty of colorful scraps.


Kelly worked on her mostly blue quilt and I came home with her scraps too.  I am strangely fascinated by these two pictures above. The bowl sits pretty and makes me smile every time I look at it.


We went on a walk and this is where I took extra deep breaths. Lilies were all gone but floating carpet of it's foliage was pretty interesting.


Cheryl's dog Bailey was leading the way. I guess she knows her way around there very well. 


This was the views from my chair the whole time I was sewing and talking up a storm.


In her neighborhood, someone had this awesome driftwood sitting in their yard. Settled in it's spot, it fit right in as if it was meant to be there.


I came back home to this view from my front door.


I got really inspired and started working on not one, but three different projects. 


I started cleaning my scraps bins and decided it was time to make few mini four patches. This project may turn into an ongoing scrap buster project.The green background is my yoga mat. Hmmm.. I wonder if I should use green for the back ground! What do you think?


An old favorite pattern was perfect to use up those leftover strings. This too will be an ongoing project. These blocks are inspired from a picture of an old handkerchief quilt.

It is fall. I should be inspired by the colors of outdoors. But I rather work with what's in front of me.

My scraps!

17 comments:

  1. hurrah, sounds like a wonderful time with friends. you've come home with some great pieces.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful time with friends in a very picturesque location! Both of your projects look like promising starts. I like the green background!

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  3. Love the green yoga mat! I think that's a great color for your background. Love the string blocks too. I just love scrap quilts! So nice to get away and relax.

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  4. What a lovely time, and I adore your handkerchief blocks made using scraps. It will be beautiful. xo

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  5. If you ask me, everything looks great with lime green! Love that! What a great place to share quilting and fun with your friends! Glad you had a great time - and now we get to see your wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. It sounds like a wonderful getaway, and I'm loving all of your projects. Your scrappy works all speak my language! :D

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  7. The yoga mat is a winner. The colours are very like an Amish quilt that I have always loved. The happy handkerchief blocks are gorgeous too. Looking forward to seeing some more.

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  8. What a wonderful time you seem to have had. We have group in India now....we call ourselves Desi Quilters and have a blog desi-quilters@blogspot.com. We are scattered all over the country, but the Chennai ladies and the ones in Pune have manage to meet. Unfortunately I am the only one in Kolkata! I love using scraps too! Am inspired by your handkerchief quilt idea!

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  9. You have indeed been sewing up a storm. Your colors and use of fabrics are, as always, inspirational. Love that yoga mat - how clever.
    Never stop creating.

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  10. The pictures are beautiful, especially the first two. I love the yoga mat idea. Something must be in the air - I just started a Hired Hand quilt which is about the same size as the yoga mat and your happy hankerchief is very similiar to a Falling Timbers top I'm working on as well. Great minds think alike! Take care, Byrd

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  11. Great pictures! It was a very productive time for all of us!
    I like the hankerchief quilt too!

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  12. Wow! what a lovely spot for sewing and spending time with friends!
    The colors are so inspiring.
    I love the log cabin blocks.
    The 4-patch project is too cute!! I love the green background.

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  13. Wonderful inspiration all around--the setting, your scraps, your blocks. Now I'm inspired too!

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  14. Such a beautiful place. It sounds like you had a lovely time. You're putting those scraps to good uses and making wonderful things! I love your bowl of scraps photos too.

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  15. It is wonderful that you had a relaxing retreat time with your friends in a beautiful setting! I am in awe of your creativity with colors and your way with scraps! Happy stitching!

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  16. great post! love the hankerchief concept plus, of course, love the 9 patches. inspiring me....do i see any Christmas gift coming from my sewing room after reading this? who knows!

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  17. I love hankie corner quilt. I made one years ago and still have enough fabric for a second one. Love seeing yours. It's inspired me to get started - hugs Nat

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