Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going well! I was lucky enough to be able to attend a sewing Retreat with the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild in Crestview, Florida several weekends ago. They had classes and some Sewcials to attend. It was a lot of fun! I took two classes. One was a Paper Piecing Class to make a Whirling Star Block and the other was to make a Pixelated Heart. The classes were excellent and lunches were served buffet style.
What I loved most about attending the retreat was that all of the ladies from the Guild were so friendly and each class was very well organized. The retreat was held at a church in Crestview and the guild lined the walls with their beautiful quilts! Below of pictures of my projects from the classes I attended:
The Paper Piecing class was quite an adventure for me. I am fairly new to paper piecing and it definitely is a learned skill! You literally are thinking backward as you sew the pieces to the paper! I used Kaffe Fasset fabrics and Kona Ash a solid for my background
The block turned out beautifully and is actually a Free Pattern on the Fresh Lemons Blog. This block will turn into a Mini Quilt for the Kaffe Mini Quilt Swap on instagram. I will post another picture in a future blog post with a picture of it quilted and bound for my partner.
In my afternoon class we made a Pixelated heart! The process had us fusing the squares to a grid then sewing the rows diagonally and horizontally to assemble the heart. The class was very fun and I definitely will make another one of these! I used Liberty of London fabrics and a Kona Light Pink fabric for the background.
This is a picture of the ladies that I attended class with and our semi finished projects! All in all it was a very exciting day! I definitely would attend another one of these retreats if they occur again.
It really does feel good to be sewing again! I am far behind on some prior Bee commitments from last year but will make the blocks and send the ladies an extra gift with them as I finish. Well, time to run again! Have a Happy Wednesday and Happy Quilting!