Fun at Retreat

I have just spent 3 days at a quilt retreat organized by the quilt club I attend. It was heaps of fun and I got heaps done!

I took my Singer 301a this time and she sews like a dream!It is a fairly fast machine which suits me just fine :) I took my featherweight as well but didn't use it because I was loving the 301a so much! This time I didn't forget anything but with all this sewing stuff plus my suitcase it took 3 trips to the car to pack and unpack!!

We enjoyed learning from one another, sewing, eating and laughing together, there were 23 of us in total:

I made lots of scrappy quilt tops and blocks:

 and this paper pieced top that uses one of my free to download pp patterns it is about 36" x 36":

In total it is 8 quilt tops and blocks for 2 more:

Not bad for 3 days work! This really used up a lot of scrappy fabric in fat quarter size or smaller that I had precut a few months ago in prepeartion for retreat. Some I will probably add borders to so I can make them a better size lap quilt. Some will be charity quilts and some will be gifts or for me I really like the green tumbler quilt top). I now have lots of quilting to do in the next few weeks.

I also got 4 rows of scrappy machine pieced small hexies put together for a small project yet to be determined:

And I made two bulk buy shopping bags out of vintage fabric. I made them like the ones in my tutorial:

so I had a terrific time and truly fell in love with my 301a which hasn't helped me gain control of my obsessive love of vintage machines


  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got a lot done! Good for you and oh how much fun you must have had!!!! I've never made a tumbler yet...but looks like they'd make a good pattern for an eye spy and that they go together just as easy??? Glad you had fun!

  2. You really did get a lot of fabric stuff done! I like the two bulk buy shopping bags that you made.

  3. Impressive amount of tops and blocks! I like the flowery blue bags you use to carry your material!


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