Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mini-Retreat

My friend Randy had a couple of days without family and asked if I'd be interested in a mini retreat at her house in Sunriver.... Of course I was!! Getting to visit with Randy is wonderful and the sewing is a bonus. She's great company and our time together usually consists of long walks, wine and cheese!! (but not at the same time!)

This small quilt is about 28" square and is a reproduction of a cushion by Elizabeth Hake. I won it from Sue at I Sew Quilts. This isn't typical of the fabrics I use together but I love how it turned out!! The directions were wonderful, clear and concise and the designer (Sue Maddox-UK) put a little bit of her personality in it as well. Thank you to both Sues!!

My churn dash was the first thing I worked on. I had a few rows put together but wanted the top assembled. I'm not putting a border on, so this top will be done after trimming it up. I've decided to call it Church Dash. Twice my typing fingers have typed that instead of Churn Dash so even though it doesn't have anything to do with a church that's the new name.


This is what Randy assembled. It is Bonnie Hunter's pattern and I believe it was called Blue Ridge Beauty. Randy wants to make it a little bigger by adding borders and we thought the yellow in the upper right hand corner might be a good choice. She didn't bring a variety of fabric with her so we "tested" the yellow with a magazine she had. We determined we liked it better than blue or red.
Have a wonderful weekend!!



31 comments:

  1. sewing with a friend is such a wonderful way to pass the time. I'm glad you had the chance to enjoy both your friend and some quilting time.
    Great projects! Love the Church dash!!
    Karen

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  2. How much fun is that!! I am glad you had a mini retreat, and your church dash quilt is wonderful! I really love the blue scrappy quilt too...fun, fun!

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  3. Isn't stitching time with friends the best! Love the Church dash project...that is what I am about to do right now!

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  4. You girls really put the pedal to the metal...wow!! No messing around with you!! Gorgeous quilts!!
    Paulette

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  5. How fun! Love your Church Dash!

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  6. Looks like you had a very productive mini retreat? I love your Church Dash, especially.

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  7. So glad you enjoyed your retreat!

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  8. A wonderful time with a good friend. Thank you for sharing, Lori.

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  9. Both, your and Randy's, are beautiful work but Curch Dash is my prefered!
    Have a nice week!

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  10. Thank you for sharing all three quilts. What a feast for the eyes!

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  11. Sounds like you had fun! Church dash is an interesting name. Sounds like what we do here every Sunday morning :0) I really like it - especially with no border - doesn't need one. Do you know how you're going to quilt it?

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  12. Woo hoo...I like everything!!! You gals did a great job at your mini retreat!!

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  13. Your "church" dash top is my idea of a quilt - traditional and charming. Lucky you to win that little top. The Dargate border really finishes it off beautifully.
    I am so in need of a retreat, or even a sew-in - been sewing by my lonesome too much lately!

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  14. How fun! visiting with a girl friend, and making great quilts!
    It doesn't get any better than that.
    I love love the churn dash and the other great too, of course, I'm just so partial to the CD.
    The blue is a beauty and the soft colors in the medalion are very pretty!

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  15. Sounds like you had a fun and productive weekend. The Church Dash will be a wonderful quilt. How big will it be?

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  16. Love that Church dash! Great fabrics. I have that pattern of Bonnie's on my someday list. I better get to it.

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  17. Well, it is Sunday so you can call it Church Dash. I like that one really well.

    How fun to have a little mini retreat. I haven't done that the last two or three years. I do miss things like that.

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  18. I've got a Church Dash :-) on my list of "to do's" -- bought one of those packs of 6 or 8" squares of batiks and they make a perfect 5" block with a background. Fun, fun! Yours turned out fabulous! The yellow border on the scrap quilt will be a surprise! All the best quilts have something unexpected in them.
    Blessings!
    Mary Lou

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  19. Loved seeing your version of Elizabeth Hake- Sue Maddox will be pleased she got a plug. The Church dash is a great quilt as is your sewing buddie's

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  20. I love your Elizabeth Hake quilt, I have been following the story on Sue's blog.

    Your Church Dash looks fantastic too and so does the blue one. It is always good to have a sewing retreat with friends and it is amazing how much can be achieved without all those everyday interruptions.

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  21. Your Church Dash and mini quilt are both wonderful Lori!

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  22. What a treat... impromptu sewins retreat! Love the churck dash...oops, make that Church dash. I can't type either.

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  23. I really love the Church Dash! And Randy's Blue Ridge Beauty is a beauty indeed (I am working on the same quilt in browns). Not sure about the yellow though, would make it a bit more ogre...

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  24. Love the projects you are working on and what fun to be sewing with your friend! It doesn't get a whole lot better than that!!

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  25. Nothing beatS sewing time with special friEnds on the spur of the moment. love all your finishes, specialy the church daSH.

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  26. Great blocks and quilts from top to bottom. What a special time I'm sure you had, sewing with a fellow quilter.
    Time goes by quickly and the enjoyment doubles when we're not alone.

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  27. Oh how fun! I"m off this week to sew with friends - I can't wait! I love your Church Dash!

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  28. gosh what a delightful time. Happy for you both. I absolutely love the Church Dash. (reminds me of xcrappy typos in the past) An adorable, inspirational quilt. How does it feel to have it done? I think my heart would be seeking out another fun bit of charming to work on like that.

    I enjoy Randy's Blue Ridge quilt. Great fabrics. Looks very fun to make and the yellow will really set it off nicely! A nice change from the usual blue or red.

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  29. Is there a pattern for the little Elizabeth Hake quilt you won?

    Linda in IN
    lzeider@embarqmail.com

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  30. Perfect way to spend a couple of days, in my opinion! Love the quilts, especially the Bonnie Hunter top.

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