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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Texas Retreat Report

We went, we ate, we sewed, we laughed, we shopped…

Retreat theme… UFO ROUND-UP.  We were challenged to finish up UFOs.  (So I hurriedly started some before retreat so I could finish up what I wanted to work on.  NOTE:  I am NOT saying I do not have any closet UFOs… I’m saying I didn’t want to work on THOSE! )

We danced and sang, “One-Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater” about 50 times.  That was our “time to move around” song, and we almost knew the lyrics by the end of retreat.

Many of us FINISHED up some UFOs!!


Kathy A.’s quilt… STUNNING!


Jo Ann turned embroidered roses into a quilt top.100_2633


Cut a gazillion small squares, and stack them up NEATLY, Gayle! (Take a close look at her stacks… they are so neat you would think these were die-cut pieces!)


Barbara fell in love with a new square-in-a-square technique, and made these.100_2644



SOMEONE  REALLY needed to do some “housekeeping”!  No names to protect the not-so-innocent, but you can see her picture below!




Barrett (above) is a real “nose to the grindstone” kind of gal.  Could THAT be why she gets so much done? 100_2643

This is one of several projects Barrett had on the design wall.


LOVE the fish quilt, Diane!!100_2628

Sailboats for a baby boy… Really nice, Mary Anne!100_2642

And this is Mary Anne’s other project, a 4-Patch Posey.


Judy worked hard on finishing this UFO… a house block gifted to her by another quilter.


This is Carolyn, who LOVES PINWHEELS…. NOT!  Love the look of her “row by row” quilt, minus the pinwheel blocks.


Another row quilt… I think this one is Mary Anne’s.  So sorry, but I did not get pictures of Linda’s or Debbie’s (or mine).  This is a guild project we have been working on since the first of the year.  Many others are making these too. (It is a free pattern designed by Debbie Mumm for the “Country Register”.  Click HERE for the free pattern download.  Be warned… it contains lots of tiny pieces!  Not that MY group would COMPLAIN!!  HAHA!)  They will add the final borders and we will all have some really CUTE quilts!


My 4-Patch Posey.  This will go on my bed for the lake retreat.  This fabric was bought umpteen years ago to make a quilted shower curtain for my home in Arkansas.  Never got done. (So that should make this a REAL UFO quilt, right?)  I decided it was perfect for my bed at the lake.

100_2623  100_2625   

Lots of other busy-ness went on.  We all got lots done, but unfortunately I was so busy working I didn’t get pictures of everything.


Don’t get caught ripping, or you got THIS placed on your work station, and you had to mash the button and let it play music so EVERYONE  knew you were ripping.   The name of each self-confessed or caught-in-the-act ripper was placed in a drawing and… 


Pat won.  She really fussed when I caught her talking about ripping and went ahead and passed the frog on… now I bet she is GLAD, since she won the prize.

That’s quilt retreat in a nut-shell, and a bunch of pictures.   Hope you enjoyed our retreat… WE all really did, and can’t wait to go again next summer.



  1. What a productive group!

    Thanks to you, I'll go to bed tonight with "One-eyed Purple People Eater" rumbling around in my head.

    Congratulations on finishing a lovely quilt

  2. Sounds like you had a great time. I'm off on my quilt guild's retreat the weekend after next. Can't wait. My plan is to put the last 3 rings on my double wedding quilt together. Well, that's the aim anyway!!! I'm hand piecing it in 1930's fabrics. Your retreat sounds like ours - shop, eat, sew, talk, eat, sew, talk, eat! Did I mention we eat a lot? lol Cheers from Down Under, Christine

  3. Quilt retreats are the best! Fun, food, friends.....and some quilting, laughing and talking, little sleeping. I love the frog and will have to keep my eyes peeled and get one for our retreat!

    Thanks for sharing pictures. :)

  4. Oh, there is nothing better than a quilt retreat. Looks like ya'l had a great time. I love the Red Barn even tho I've not been there in a while!


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