|The flowering tree that I have 'adopted' and take images of every year!|
I always look forward to our yearly quilt retreats to Camp Burton on Vashon Island, Washington. Vashon Island is closer to mainland US and Seattle than we are, but the town has not lost is funk the way our island seems to have over the years
|This quilt, which was hanging in the front of Island Quilter, was made by Luke Haynes of Seattle. It's comprised of what looks like shirts and jeans. I was fascinated at the power of the piece.|
|A close up of the quilting detail|
|The beautiful quilt above was made by Kathie Passorini. She works at a quilt shop called Quilt Expressions. I will be doing some ordering from them because they have a very large selection of aboriginal prints which I love and I have found to be difficult to find. If you are interested, go to the site and enter 'aboriginal prints' in their search function. You'll be pleasantly surprised!|
We had another delightful representative from another great shop in California that has a great online shop. It's called Quilter's Paradise and has been in business for 35+ years!
|This is the pattern that I was working on. It's called "Many Blessings" and was designed by Darlene Zimmerman. I love my reproduction prints, and I love sleeping under these understated, comforting quilts. I began making this quilt in 2009 and just keep making those darn 25 patch squares. It seems endless, and I have to stop and switch to another project when boredom sets in. I actually got about 40 squares made. I need more than 90 for a Queen sized quilt. My version is much scrappier than this cover image on the pattern - that was far too restrained for me! I should have the quilt top finished in another year or so of retreats! |
My alternate project was making a sewing machine cover that will fit my Bernina 153 with it's small extension area attached. I don't like using patterns much, but I did find a pattern that provides a formula for making coves - so I can make them for any machine - as well as for any kitchen appliances that may require a spiffy cover in the future. This little project was done improvisationally, and it felt so good to just play and stitch away! I only have the machine quilting to do and it will be done - so I'll add photos of it soon. I've been meaning to make a cover for it for this machine for a long time because it sits on my work table and usually gets 'covered' by whatever stray piece of cloth is nearby when I end my day of stitching.