Friday, February 21, 2014

Off the wall

I haven't been posting enough lately.  More internet issues which I will not bore you with.  I belong to a small quilt guild in Wales, UT.  We have members from all the small towns in the area (Wales has maybe 100-150 people).  It is a fun group.  Our fearless leader, Brenda, gave out challenges last year.  The last one we just finished up and had the reveal on Wednesday.  Brenda passed around a bowl that had slips of paper with children's book titles on them.  We each drew a title and were instructed to make a quilt inspired by that book.  Each person had a different book.  I got "Treasure Island".  I haven't actually read the book, but I thought it was about pirates and treasures.  Even though I had an idea right away, I waited until Monday to start my piece.

Treasure Island

I need to add more "treasures" but I ran out of time.

It was a fun challenge!  We had a lot of fun interpretations of the theme. The rules were very simple, even just using a fabric that went with the theme of your book was legal.  See the rest of the quilts at the Quilt Keepers blog.

My tub of UFO's

I am heading off to a quilting retreat with friends next week. There are 5 of us and we just rented a condo and plan to spend 5 days and 4 nights quilting, hiking, drinking wine and who knows what other hi-jinks we will get up to.  I decided to bring some UFO's to work on.  This is a big plastic tub filled with bags of partial projects.  Good, easy, mindless sewing ones that I can work on without having to stress.  I will check back next week and let you know how many I got sewn.

BTW, I am going to be teaching a very fun, small town retreat the second week of March.  It is always a good time!  Check out the details at my schedule.  Brenda and her daughter, Bonnie are Pie Plate Patterns and they have been doing this Super Spring retreat for about 5 years now. 

This is my Off the Wall post for this week,  check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.


  1. You are running off to a retreat and you didn't tell me?!? I'm insulted!!!

    Love the Treasure Island quilt. Very nice!

  2. oh! I want to go to sew. laugh and drink wine! I am green with envy. and what a fun piece, the treasure island - boy do I have a lot of "treasures" we all save things that just might be needed on a quilt. I'm sure your collection is as big as mine. good to see you back in the blogishpere

  3. You so captured Treasure Island (at least what I know of it, never having read it either, but this just looks like it could tell the story)! Enjoy that sewing retreat, wishing I lived where you do!

  4. Yup, you need more treasures... keep adding them on, never too late! And a retreat with wine? Take me! I'm a great big UFO!
    LeeAnna Paylor


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