Here with the girls!
We were so darn excited to get together and start our secret project that Sharon put together for us, that we completely forgot about getting the camera out and taking photos... Sorry Sharon, no pictures of our wonderful leader in this mystery...
But, the "sweatshop" was open...
and she had us string piecing and making these adorable blocks...
This is a tutorial over on Connie Kresin's blog
Freemotion By the River.
You can find the link to it right HERE
It's a great stash buster, and so darn fun. You just have to check out her tutorial!
Here are some of the blocks that were put together at our retreat...
Mary's blocks...She changed up the flower a bit below.
These were like chips to me. You just can't stop at one.
I put together a few,
playing with different ways to stitch the flowers down.
(Connie shares great ones in her tutorial)
Then I turned mine into a little wall hanging.
I had a piece of very high loft batting left from some project...
It was just the right size, and allowed for me to play around with a little trapunto quilting.
Oh and Sharon had treats for us.
Besides those wonderful tote bags of real treats...candy and fruit rollups, lollipops, granola bars, mints, and even ring pops! Talk about kids in a candy store! LOL!
She gave us these.
A perfect way to keep your thread and bobbins close by, and the pegs
pull out easily, to pack and tote back and forth to class!
This is just too cool?
We discussed those thread cutters on a stand...
You know those that make clipping your chain piecing a snap...
It would be so easy to drill out one of the holes to accommodate a round handle seam ripper.
Everything at your finger tips!
Oh the ideas...
Thanks to Sharon, for the great gift and mystery pattern she found! (not to mention the wine that was delicious) ;-) And a very special thanks to Connie for sharing this wonderful block. It was perfect for swapping our scraps and just having some good ole fun!
More to come...