This past weekend Wendy and Cyndy and I had our annual retreat. This time we went to Cyndy's sisters place close to Paris Ontario. It was a beautiful quiet place to get some quilting done and an awesome place for photo shoots.
We arrived on Friday before lunch and stayed till just after lunch on Sunday. Cyndy's sister and her husband were away visiting friends so they left their dogs Beau and Sam, to be our hosts. This is Beau.
And this is Sammy. Sammy is still a pup and never sits still.
It was great having the dogs with us. They made sure we got out for walks and kept us company.
We spent most of our time working on projects for the community outreach committee of our local guild but for today I'll just share the main one. These were blocks we received for our block lotto last fall. In a typical block lotto someone wins all the blocks but in this lotto we divided the blocks three ways. Two individuals won 1/3 of the blocks and the community outreach committee kept 1/3. We made a couple of blocks each to expand our flock and put them up on the design wall to figure out how to put the project together.
We originally thought we would use a white with black fabric for the sashing but we decided to use this vintage robins egg blue fabric which Wendy had brought along. Her parents recently downsized to a retirement complex and she needed to downsize her stash.
We put together the quilt top in vertical rows. We staggered the blocks in the vertical rows by putting a 2 1/2" sashing strip on opposite sides of each block. We then put a 2 12" strip between each block going down the row. Sorry I didn't think to take pictures of the process. We then spread out the rows a bit by putting a 1 1/2" strip between each row and on each of the vertical sides.
Of course we couldn't spend the weekend at a retreat without a visit to Quilt Junction in Waterford. We were half way there after all. Here is what I picked up there.
It's been a while since I visited my friend Beth at Cooking Up Quilts so I'm going to head over there right now and join the Main Crush Monday link up.