We just got back from a quilting retreat at Carolina Charm in Tabor City, NC. We went with 2 other quilting friends (Barb and Carolyn) and had a wonderful time. We call our little group “The Galway Girls” ever since we traveled to Ireland together. The workspace was excellent and the historic home was lovely. Unfortunately, we’ll both have to go back on our diets now, after gaining 4 lbs.
After 2 1/2 days of quilting, here are some pics of our projects.
Mary was working on her Southwest inspired quilt (one of many UFOs). She was expanding 12″ blocks to 18″ blocks (under the direction of the group).
Just a few of the works on Donna’s design wall.
Carolyn finished a dinosaur baby quilt top. She also cranked out 100 nine-patches for another quilt. Yes…. 100 nine-patches.
Barb did a lots of strip blocks (like the one on the left), finished 100+ sets of segments for her Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt and finished one complete block of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt (right).
Donna, Mary and Carolyn worked on their celtic zodiac blocks (in honor of our Ireland trip). Barb’s fabric for this project was unfortunately left at home. Donna got these patterns from a quilting magazine that she bought while we were in Ireland.
Mary’s design wall also included a small coffee cup wall hanging (appliqué).
Donna’s design wall included these appliquéd mittens with a jittery free motion technique (that she learned from Barb). It gives a blurred edge effect.
Donna also finished this rainbow star and a bunch of red-white-blue strip blocks that she will eventually use in a Quilt of Valor.
Someone from the Whiteville, NC press also interviewed/photographed us for an articles she was doing on the Quilt Retreat facility. We tried to put our best stitch forward.
Quilting with friends is always fun (full of laughs) and we are fortunate to have such talented ladies as quilting friends.
Thank you Joanne and Frank (and Linda) for hosting us.
Mary & Donna