Monday, November 13, 2006

I'm Baaaack :)

I'm baaaack! What a retreat!

Here's the first few pictures to entertain you though. I had scrounged some election signs after the voting was over last Tuesday, and decided to make a quilty version of the Burma-shave signs:





The last sign said, "Is in the Dictionary!"

I thought I'd gotten a picture of it too, but I was taking the pix as I left the retreat center, in reverse order, just before I loaded the signs back into my van. I'd put them down the long winding private drive, spaced every couple of hundred yards, and as I got to the dictionary one, someone pulled up behind me, trying to get out. I didn't check the camera, just snapped a picture (or thought I did) then snatched the sign, pitched it behind me, and drove forward to a wider place in the road so she could pass me.

They were VERY easy to do... I just used permanent marker to draw the letters on white contact/shelf paper, trimmed to the size to cover the candidate's name. The hardest part was sticking the contact paper to the sign with no wrinkles, sticky contact paper just doesn't like me.

And HERE is my friend Ann-Sewsalot, the longtime online friend that I met 'for real' for the first time at this retreat, with her version of the Onion quilt in oranges. The fabric choices she's used blends REALLY well in this quilt. That's Ann on the left, and Jeanie, the instructor, on the right:


Ann's just as great as I was hoping she'd be, funny and vibrant in person - it felt like we had already been friends for years, and I guess we have! Her friend Mary, that does my longarm quilting, is wonderful too, very sweet. All three of us finished this quilt top during the weekend. Here's Mary's sherbet colored version of it, that's Mary on the right, and Jeanie on the left this time:


The two of them fit into my guild like they'd been members for years! I guess no quilter is ever a stranger - we'll always have something to talk about. Finally, here's my pink and brown version of the onion quilt. Sorry about the two chairs, but they DO hide the fact that I've got one last skinny dark border on the bottom not done! I'm on the right:



Now I'm off to bed to catch up on my sleep! I'm glad I'm off from work tomorrow, whew!

24 comments:

Cynthia said...

so glad you enjoyed the retreat and you met up with your on-line friend. All the quilts look great.

Gail said...

You gals made some good quilts on that retreat! And look at your P&B, I don't think I've seen a quilt in those colors that doesn't look great!Nice job.

Anonymous said...

Neat, Thanks for sharing! (That pattern looks great in oranges...)

Anonymous said...

I love all the different color versions!

anne bebbington said...

I love the quotation on your notices - must write that one down for future reference :o)

Angie said...

Great quilts! And it's wonderful that you actually got to "meet" in person!! How special is that!

Pam's Creative Mind said...

What a hoot you are! Those signs are great....might have to remember that idea for a future retreat/get together.

Isn't it fun to meet-meet an online friend after "knowing" them for so along already?

Anonymous said...

It's always fun to see the same pattern done in different colors. Thanks.

Darcie said...

Sounds and looks like you friends had a terrific weekend. How fun to see pics of you girls and your quilts! Thank you, thank you!!!

Patti said...

The tops look great - sounds like the retreat was a real success. Love the Burma Shave type signs!

Anonymous said...

Great Onion Quilts! Retreats are so much fun and meeting online friends is is icing on the cake. Love the signs.

Laurie Ann said...

Very cool! All three quilts are just fantastic and it is neat seeing them all together and how different they look with different colors, but the same pattern.

Norma said...

It looks like you all had such fun at your retreat. Each of your quilts looks so different when done in different colour ways. I love them all!

Judy said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful time!!

joyce said...

I love the onion quilts and they look so different in the different colors. I have that book and was thinking of doing one so maybe that will be my next quilt.

Ann said...

Who gave you permission to post MY picture and MY quilt??? HMMM???? lol,You just couldn't wait, could you? I got my pics dev. today and am getting ready to go post some on my blog....guess I'll have to pick something besides that one to post....like the ones you said BETTER not show up on it! (evil wicked grin)

Sandra said...

All the onion quilts are so cool - I love the effects of the same pattern with different colours :-)

Lily said...

Very good! I like the piano keys border you did - nice with the onion layers :)

YankeeQuilter said...

Looks like you all had a great time...I really like the signs and couldn't agree with the sentiment more!
Siobhan

Samantha said...

Those are wonderful Onion quilts- yours look great!

Dawn said...

Oh how fun! I always love seeing the color variations! And I loved the idea of the Burma shave signs! Too cute!

Carol said...

I love the "Burma Shave" signs! Quilts are great, too.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the retreat was great - as most quilt retreats are. The onion quilt is very nice. It was fun to see it in different colorways. Your Burma Shave signs were a good idea.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing the same pattern made up in different colourways - always opens the eyes to possibilities I wouldn't have thought of. Love the pink and brown - scrummy :)

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