Back from quilt retreat!


Last week I went on quilt retreat for 3 days with my mom and 20 other ladies. We had so much fun! I made a couple bags, sewed on a quilt top, and taught a name badge holder class. We had a pop up shop from a local quilt shop with lots of great fabrics, kits, and notions.

We used the By Annie Call Me name badge pattern for an impromptu class. It was lucky the quilt shop owner had the pattern and supplies for it on hand. I led six or seven people through the steps and everyone finished. Here’s my sample I made with everyone. It has a vinyl pocket for your name badge to be inserted, a zipper pocket for a credit card or some money, and a mesh cell phone pocket on the back. I used mine throughout the retreat and I found the cell phone pocket handy as I wasn’t constantly looking for my phone on my table.

I don’t have a picture of my next project. I made the small Flipping Out bag. This is also a By Annie pattern and it was a tester for the quilt shop owner. I’m familiar with By Annie patterns so I volunteered to make it for her to see if she wanted to have a class or sell the kits in her shop. It turned out really cute and I can’t wait to make more.

I took this hexie pouch with me so I could finish it. I had the front finished with the hexies sewed down and the back cut out. All I had to do was make zipper tabs, cut out the lining pieces, and assemble. It’s been sitting for at least a year and I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish. Oh well, it’s done now and I think it’s the cutest. This is the Hexi Pouch pattern by Sew Sweetness. I’ve made several of them and I think this is my favorite.

Another project I worked on was a star quilt based off the Charming Stars pattern from Moda Bake Shop. I had most of the star point blocks done and it needed to be assembled. I finished all the blocks the first night, got up early the second day and put the top together. I didn’t add sashing like the pattern calls for because I thought I wanted it smaller but it turns out I’m going to have to take it apart and put the the sashing in. The quilt started out as being for one purpose but now is going to an auction for the local school district.

Unfortunately, I didn’t work on my Spools 2 quilt I mentioned in my last post but I’ll get there eventually. I had a great time at retreat and it was fun to meet some new people. I then returned home last week to have my sister and brother-in-law here for a visit. It was a busy but fun week.

Happy Quilting!


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