IMQG Quilt Retreat

We have some amazingly talented members of the Indy Modern Quilt Guild.  I was lucky to spend the last few days away from the world just sewing with them.  Ready for lots of pictures?

Many thank you to some wonderful sponsors of door prizes for everyone in attendance.

IMQG Door prizesCrimson Tate, C&T Publishing, Aurifil, Olfa, and Lapel Stick.

I picked a lovely collection of thread from Aurifil.  A quilter can never have enough thread.

If you read my post about the retreat prep, you read that my main goal was to quilt and bind the Lotta plus quilt.  We arrived at the cabins Friday at 3pm.  By 5pm I was on the floor basting.

lotta plus quilt Most of Friday night was spent quilting until I had some issues.  I decided to take a break and start fresh on Saturday.  The habitat quilt was up next.

habitat improv quiltI had spent some time on Friday with layout and adding some strips to the blocks.  I pinned them down to the batting so I could put it away over night.  The layout/basting area was of course right by the stairs to the loft with beds.  This area saw lots of quilts over the weekend.

Saturday morning I was back up and quilting the Lotta Plus quilt.  By noon it was quilted and ready to bind.

binding I wasn’t the first finish of the retreat, but the first big finish.  Upon completing quilts I immediately want to throw them into the washer and dryer.  The cabin had a washer and dryer but it’s not my normal washing machine so….I waited until I was home to wash.

Habitat quilt was back up and ready to be pieced and quilted.  Improv piecing and lots of pressing took most of Saturday.

20150214_175001We went to dinner at Big Woods Brewing Company.  They are a local brewery, brewpub, and pizza place.  For Valentine’s Day they had a Cherry Cordial brown ale.  Tasted just like chocolate covered cherries.  Delish!

cherry cordial busted knuckleThe best part about a retreat is having so many great people to help you design and throw ideas around.  Meghan asked Amy to quilt a fabulous feather on her IMQG round robin quilt.  It was amazing to sit and watch Amy create and so effortlessly.

amy garro Habitat was finished early on Sunday.  I gave my scraps away to Karen and Michele.  These fabrics had to go, can’t wait to see what they create with them.

I was able to start my blocks for the Charm Dash Blog Hop in March.

charm dash block Sunday afternoon we took all the quilts outside and had a small photo shoot.  Lots of great projects started, sewed on, and quilted.

imqg sewing retreatI didn’t stay Sunday night, I was ready to come back and see my boys.  As I was packing up everything Darcie was battling the layout on her quilt.  I looked over and saw this.

20150215_161847She was on the floor struggling with quilt math.  We have all been there.

Can’t wait until the next retreat.