Our wonderful JSS Bee retreat was this past week at Compass Centre in Mount Calm, Texas. We had a blast! Lots of great food, serious stitching and an enormous amount of laughter! Rather than fight the failing flaky internet with daily posts about the retreat I saved up all my pictures for one gigantic blog. Here we go….
When I was going through my pictures I noticed several projects that started as works in progress and were completed or nearly completed over the course of the retreat. Call it Design Wall Transitions…
Here is a little quilt that Lynda was working on for a neighbor. The hand prints on the blocks are the neighbor’s child’s. Very sweet. Here is the WIP:
And after much deliberation and advice, here is the completed quilt top:
Patti has this wonderful hand applique made for her by Peggy for one of our bee brown bag challenges. We auditioned several borders.
The completed quilt top looks fabulous!
Our dear Sally was working on a plaid quilt top made from charm squares. After arranging and rearranging the blocks, this is a picture as she was putting them together:
And, oh my, what a beautiful quilt this turned out to be!
Here is Karen’s cowboy quilt in it’s early stages:
Karen’s cowboy quilt in later stages:
I know there are more cowboy silhouette borders but never got a shot of those.
Suz spent about 99.9% of her retreat working on this beautiful A&M Blooming 9 Patch. Here is the WIP…
And here is the almost completed top (I think there may be an A&M Maroon block destined for the very center):
Sally’s Christmas quilt in the beginning:
Yes, those are Inklingo hand pieced stars (Barb is rubbing off on us!).
Here is a more complete version of the Christmas quilt:
Sue’s Halloween quilt in the beginning:
How about a close-up of one of those cute blocks:
And Sue’s finished Halloween quilt top! Way to go Sue!
Barb worked on her handkerchief quilt using Inklingo. She timed herself hand piecing and machine piecing some of these seams. Which was better, Barb?
Here is a close-up of one of these beautiful blocks:
And, drum roll, please – the finished quilt top!
Davene was thoroughly enjoying making doll clothes for a granddaughter (although, I think secretly these may be for Davene’s dolls). First there was one outfit:
Then two, three and finally, four!
That will be one very well dressed doll! Davene was using Daisy Kingdom Doll Panels found on Etsy. But don’t tell anyone! You don’t want to get in a bidding war with Davene!
Peggy was working on a very wooly Noah’s Ark. The pattern is not a Sue Spargo pattern but Peggy is applying lots of Sue Spargo techniques.
A few close-ups of the animals:
Peggy’s design wall also sported first one hand applique bird:
And then two more birds!
Cindy (at least I’m 90% sure these are Cindy’s) had these wonderful blocks going:
Madelyn and Peggy have had something of a challenge to create these rather complicated blocks – it was nice to see them side by side.
I worked for a whole day on the border for my Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:
And I put together this little lap quilt from charm packs (this is a disappearing 9 patch – super easy and quick). I still have borders to add.
We seemed to have something of a pillow case theme this retreat:
I created 4 of these Christmas pillow cases for grandkids:
Lynda made several for her grandkids (and maybe a grownup kid or two). And Suz made one for herself! Love the wild and crazy fabric! What am I missing? It seems several projects hit the wall and were taken down super quick to make room for the next project! I’m sorry if I missed yours!
One last picture – this cute little critter (a giraffe, a llama, a donkey, a girlunky or a geranimal?) appeared on my sewing machine during the retreat. Thank you to the geranimal fairy!