Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pillow swap and Quilt Retreat!

So, I know it has been awhile since I posted. I've even had a few friends ask me about it. I guess the time has just got away from me. I am going to try to post much more regularly in the future.

The  DSMMQG arranged a pillow swap challenge. We exchanged out completed pillows at the April meeting. Here is the pillow that I made for Veronica.

She is in my small group and has been involved in several bees where she asked for aqua, red, and gray. So I knew she loved this color combination.

This was the first time I ever made a pillow. It was very fun and I can see why some people make loads of them! Now I just need to try a zipper. Emma was great at retreat and walked me through installing one in a little bag she was making.

I received this cute little pillow from Etta. I just love the colors!

I also went to a retreat this month with my small group, except for Dawn who was at guard. We had a great time sewing and socializing. It is always so great to hang out with a bunch of people who have the same love for quilts as you!

Back row L-R Teresa, Veronica, Me
Front row L-R Emma and Lisa

I made this Berenstein Bear pillow case for my little guy. He picked out all the fabric and made sure I brought it along. We took the front rails off his crib the day after I got back and he wanted a new big pillow and case for his big guy bed. Now the challenge is keeping him in bed every night. Him and big brother now think that bedtime is party time!

My small group is doing the Farmer's Wife quilt along this year. So, I worked on some more blocks. All I got made was five. The green and yellow one took me at least 3 hours! All the little pieces and sewing backwards and flipping the pices the wrong way under the paper. Thankfully I had good company to talk me through it.

These are the Farmer's Wife blocks that I made last month.

Sorry about the light in these block pictures. I had to take them fast because they kept blowing away. I am trying to do one a week. I'm not sure how many I will do yet. I'll have to figure out what size quilt I want to end up with. I think 50 is a good lap size. I'll see how long the project keeps my interest. I am loving choosing the fabric and color combinations for each block. The fabrics are mainly Art Gallery and Mark Lipinski with some Kate Spain and others thrown in.

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Lily's Quilts


  1. I Popped in from the Small BLog Meet. Everything you've made looks fabulous! I have been so tempted to start a Farmer's Wife quilt, but the blocks look a bit intimidating!

  2. Love the pillows! Aren't they fun to make? Great job pairing those aqua, red, and gray prints!

  3. Lovely pillow. I love the fabric combos.

  4. I love the pillows and your fw blocks are great :)

  5. great pillow and blocks. I love your colors. I'm just popping in from Lily's Quilts.

  6. Yay! Welcome back! Your Farmer's Wife blocks look great. I can't wait to see them all together in a quilt.

  7. The pillow you made for Veronica is just gorgeous and so her! Very well done. I would never have guessed it's your first pillow. And your retreat... oh how wonderful that your group got a chance to go together. I LOVE retreats! So glad to see your picture and realize I know every one of you! You don't know how fortunate you are to be able to share quilting with a group of close friends. Count it as blessing.

  8. The pillow you made is fabulous! :o)
    And what a cute pillow you received.

  9. Oh I just love the pillow. Those colors are to-die-for. Great job!

  10. Cute cute cute!! Great pillow!!

    PS You may have one something on Quilt Story :) Check it out tomorrow (or at midnight :)

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