Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Harrison Hot Springs 2017 Retreat


The rainbow says it all, I left home and drove about two hours east leaving sunny skies and arriving with a bit of rain and clouds but as I checked in I looked back at the lake to see the rainbow.
 I got there just before noon and a few people were already starting to set up.  This was a huge double ballroom.  The people in the back half and large tables were one that can be separated by folding doors.  In fact it is where we had our meals last year.  From the round tables and behind is the second ballroom.
                           
I turned around to show the other side where the warming tables were set up for breakfast and dinner.  You don't really need lunch due to the extensive selection of food available.

                            
  You can see the bellman with a trolley where the dividing wall comes out.         
My first project was to work on an improv piece.  I cut some blues and green before leaving home and started putting them up on my design wall.
                                        
I set up in the back corner and soon my room mate Rita showed up and we were busy sewing.
                
Not everyone brings design walls.  Irene laid her blocks out on the floor on a table cloth.
                
Still playing with ideas and sewing some of the bits together.
                                        
By the end of the day I had it finished.  Ready to become a backing for a project I hoped to machine quilt while away.
                                         
The next morning I cut batting for two small and two larger quilts trying Hobbs 80/20 fusible batt.  I'm on the fence right now about how they appear to be working.  I should have started with one of the smaller rather than large quilts but think it will work.  I decided not to try and quilt them at the retreat but another day.  So I went outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air for a bit.
                                        
I decided to take some pictures of the water dropping from one part of the fountain to the other and see what it would look like for a black and white challenge.
                                        
Some looked good some not so good.
                           
I liked how this image turned out.  The droplets look translucent and the aqua just looks like part of the building.       
I liked the moss on this branch and the curving branches.
                            
Some gorgeous colours are starting to come out in the leaves.
                                             
Lovely colour on this hydrangea.
                             
Red/orange maple leaves.
                              
When I went inside Beckie was sharing some of the blocks she has made for a Canada 150 celebration.  A gal has assigned a notable Canadian woman to each design.  They were free for a limited time along with the history of the woman.  I think I collected a few but forgot partway thru the year.  Beckie said eventually there will be 169 blocks but I don't think she is making hers that big.
                              
 Cathy was working with various layouts for her triangle quilt. I think she changed her design three or four times!
 Some other works on the cutting table.
 Another floor layout of hexagons.
 When this went up on the wall I saw OFF, Celeste was surprised when I showed it to her on my camera.  She didn't really see the depth to the design as she was working on it.  The pattern name is Labyrinth Walk.
 Finished top ready for the next step.
 Donna Mae made this mini Halloween quilt that my friend Ethel designed.  She loves machine embroidery and embellished several of the pumpkins with embroidery.
 Cathy is having fun with her triangles.
 The big hole is the part of the quilt that is currently being sewn together.
 After fusing my four quilt batts I decided to continue working on my Flower and Watering Can block swap that I started sewing together at Mary Lou's June retreat.  I was going to make another watering can for that hole on the left.  Rita suggested a frog.  Had I brought my flower power book I would have tried using the greens I brought along to make one and then I decided that the bees..
 ,,,needed a bees skep to live in so I pulled out some scraps and decided these would work together.
Here is the layout before I sewed the bees skep.
                           
This was a Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild retreat and as the president retires blocks are made for her after her often two year tenure.  Beckie stayed on a third year as we couldn't get a replacement for her until this September.  We each were given a small piece of a batik that we could add other fabrics and white to make a block.  She ended up with more than twice this amount.  Half the people forgot to add white so she decided to make a two sided quilt with a light and a dark side!
 Here are some of the dark blocks.
 My bee skep finished.
Left side now finished.  I ended up sewing this like a log cabin to accommodate the partially sewn seam where the flowers and watering cans joined.  The blue and red, bees skep and checker board watering cans were sewn together.  Then the rainbow watering can was sewn to the flower then the seam running above the small bee, and pink flower across to the watering can was sewn like a T/Y style of seam.
 Next was the bottom row, I switched up the two watering cans on the left and I think I'll leave them that way as I didn't notice it until I had the top done.
 Now the right side was sewn together adding some narrow stripes to the sides of the potted flower and small turquoise watering can.
Wait a minute, weren't those blocks in the centre looking like a Z?
 Finished for the day a rainbow and black checker board quilt in progress on the left.  Not sure what Sandi B was making.
 Fun snowman quilt that has fused and hand embroidered pieces...I have that somewhere.
 Cute bunny quilt block.
 Please don't eat the daisies!
 Cute baby bottle print.
 Working on blocks with the print.
 Rita's next jelly roll quilt cut and ready to sew tomorrow.
 Time for bed on Sunday night, the top row was the last to be sewn.  I think I'm going to sew random lengths of the cheddar yellows in two rows for a border but will think on it for awhile.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Thanksgiving, Down the Rabbit Hole

This is Strutter a design from Primitive Gatherings I stitched up and I did Gobble till I Wobbled, just noticed my spelling error!
 I took a fresh turkey and all the trimmings over to cook at my mom's place.  She lives on the 13th floor and looks to the south and west.  Some of the trees are starting to turn in our area.
 This is the same bridge that I show in my photos but being high up you can see that there is an island where the Fraser has two arms.  I live just before the splitting to the North and South arms.
 Mom also has a view to the North as she is on a northwest corner. A bit more colour to these trees.
 I got my hexagon borders on Thanksgiving Day and brought it up and laid it out on her queen sized bed.  There are still two more borders to come so it will cover the top and drape down the sides.
 At this point I forgot to bring leaves I had intended on starting to applique while we waited for the turkey to cook.
 But I got them finished this morning.  This is the top left corner, notice the bunny on the sunflower.  I orientated the blocks so on each corner they are facing the correct direction.
 Top right with two different leaves.  I did the stems all the same and used two of the other hexagon prints for the leaves and two more.
 Bottom Left corner.
 Bottom Right.
The next border has two large leaping bunnies centred with a tulip in the middle on the top and bottom.  These four borders will be worked over the next three months with the pieced border don during the third month.  On the sides will be two sitting bunnies centred with a heart.  Other flowers and vines will be added.  Off to cut my borders so I can start stitching.  I'm caught up!