MBQG Retreat (2)

Our guild retweet (thanks Mom!) was so much fun.  Most of the ladies will remain nameless to protect the innocent, but I don't think my girlfriend Erin would mind me sharing her photo.  She was hard at work finishing her son's quilt that was started at a retreat several years ago.  We had our snacks and required reading (mostly Gwen Marston!).  Happy smiles when the top was done!  

MBQG Retreat (9)

I worked on this project (Girlfriends) first of all.  In preparation of the retreat I went to my UFO stash and looked for things to bring.  These two birdie blocks were done and ready for something (anything, really).  I decided to do a medallion quilt, a la Gwen Marston.  First I added the wild print border.

Girlfriends (1)

Then I made a bunch of little 4" liberated shoo fly blocks.  I made over 20 of these, not knowing for sure what I was going to do with them.

Girlfriends (2)

I thought about them going all the way around, but then realized that there needed to be another border between the shoo fly blocks and the wild print.

Girlfriends (3)

I made some wildly bright string borders of mostly Kaffe Fasset prints.  Then I realized that it was mashing up the wild border print.  So, I needed something in between.  I almost thought I didn't have anything when I found some of the solid green.  

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That was just the thing.  At this point I decided the thing was getting to be too wide, so I added the shoo fly blocks to just the top and bottom.  it's not done yet though.  I want to add one more border and bring in some more green.  Then I think it will be off to a machine quilter to finish so I can get on with other things.

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We had three days of nearly non stop sewing, meals that magically appeared, door prizes and games. I worked on two other projects, but will reveal them in time.  Meanwhile, I may or may not confirm that we had a humping iron (oh the hilarity of a pop up iron gone crazy), several versions of the chicken dance and a world class jump roping demonstration among the entertainment.  What a great weekend with my girlfriends!