You never know what to take to a retreat. Well, I would like to take the whole studio, but I can’t. I always take my rolling desk chair, or I would not be able to walk after sewing 12 hours. This year I decided to just take small projects and one box of brown fabrics to make a crazy quilt challenge. The first thing I did was finish a mini pillow for my niece. I made ;t out of her great grandmother’s machine embroidered shirt. I had used the other side of the shirt to make a pin cushion.
Getting ready to come I found a sack of mini strips that had given the fabric to, to Donna Fite McConnell. She was a friend that wrote the Lively Little Logs series of quilt books. She made me a few that I framed in an antique tray and then I just kept the cut strips scraps. They are at least 10 years old. I finished cutting the rest of the fabric and then I sewed the strips into one long line. I took the two ends and started sewing them together and repeated until I got a sheet of fabric. I’ll keep it as is until I figure out what to do with them. Maybe a doll quilt.
I finished my rose thread painting. I had started it and needed to finish for my upcoming class. I didn’t have a great selection of fabrics to choose from, but I did find something that would go. The border fabric is oriental men and items on brown and the mini border is a hot pink. I don’t think I have used that combination before. Everyone seemed to like my choice.
Y’all know I use scraps up in all manner of items. I was given the leftovers from a tube strip quilt top and the border fabrics from another quilter. I cut and sewed and pieced until I made this doll quilt top. Sorta like the brick pattern.
Oh, I almost forgot. I finished Brenda’s little paper pieced quilt piece she gave me. I did a lot of thread painting on the borders and on the flowers and pots. it really turned out cute. I started on a crazy quilt challenge and did the appliques and made the blocks that will be on the next post. Check it out.