Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday #2

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I want to thank everyone who gave feedback on my Habitat challenge quilt for the DSMMQG. I decided to go with the two-tone background, but switched it up to more of the gray. I felt the circles "popped" more off the darker color. I still need to stitch the binding down on the back.

This is Veronica's Habitat challenge pillow. I love the way she used the fabrics! She took pictures of all the finishes at the meeting. You can find them here.

The day after our challenge reveal I went to a weekend retreat at the Quilts and other Notions retreat center in Creston, IA. It was located right next to the store which was great for inspiration-she has TONS of new fabric lines- but not so great for my fabric budget-for the same reason, ah-hem.
It was a great weekend! I had not gotten away since last November, and really enjoyed hanging out with the girls, sewing, chatting, and eating way too much.

I finally got started on the quilt for my dad. The stack on the top are snowball blocks that still need trimming. The rest of the blocks will each be eight of the other pieces sewn  together. I'm still hoping to get this done by Christmas.

The retreat center was full of inspiration quilts made by the owner Joyce. She was working on a couple new shop samples when we were there that are going to be just beautiful! Here are some of the quilts we got to admire all weekend.

This is a closeup of the previous quilt showing the different quilting used on each block.

I soooo want to do this pattern!

Love the bright colors!

Tomorrow and Saturday I am going to the Des Moines AQS quilt show. I can't wait to see all the amazing quilts, listen to some lectures, and do some shopping!


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