Monday, July 16, 2012


This was Red Rooster Retreat Weekend again.  This retreat is in Cullman, Alabama in a very rural setting with beautiful vistas of the Smith Lake.  I like to just settle in and quilt my heart out for four wonderful days.

What an awesome group of ladies to spend a weekend with -quilting and building friendships.

 Just look at some of the projects that were finished while we were at Retreat.  The completed projects are stacked 2 and 3 deep along that rail.

I was pleased with my progress on my Lemonade Stand.  The part I completed is the center of the quilt.  I will add the borders of the yellows and then another border of the teal.

The next project I worked on was my Farmer's Market Quilt that is made up of Lady of the Lake blocks.  I had to stop when I realized I did not bring all of the fabric I needed to complete the eggplant blocks.

This is the hand sewing corner of the work room at Red Rooster.  Here are Ava, Joan, and Libby working on projects. 

 I worked on my hand quilted sofa quilt.

Details of the quilting in one block.

My other hand stitching project was to get some more hexies together for my Star Quilt.

On Saturday morning I decided to make a Wave Table Runner out of Batiks.

These are the greens that I chose and then I added the contrasting bias binding.
I learned a new technique for making bias binding by starting with a square and folding all the corners to the center.

After folding I began cutting my 2 inch strips that would separate the different waves on my project.

This makes a lot of strips.

I ended up with this huge pile of strips to be sewn end to end.

I put the bias on one side of the strata sets. 

Then I sewed it to the other side and echo quilted as I went.
Detail of the echo quilting.

I like it better as a wall hanging instead of a table runner.

I did not do any work on my July WIP - the Convergence in Music- because I did not take enough fabric.

I am having withdrawal today after spending 4 days quilting, chatting, learning, and eating.  I did not have to prepare a single meal, nor did I have to wash my dishes. 

This was just a little Heaven on Earth.  Can hardly wait until next time.



  1. Sounds like you had a great time, the wallhanging is really lovely...has great movement.

    1. thank you, Julianne. I am really happy with it.

  2. Such lvely work. I know how speical it is to go on a retreat there. It is the best "working" vacation in the world! Go glad you could go.

  3. Oh how pretty...It has been awhile since I went on a retreat but I do love is nothing but all about you and stitches. I am so glad you had a great time. And I love your wall hanging all those lovely greens, yummmmmm......I will be closer to you soon....yeah!

    1. Thanks, Sharon. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  4. Sandi...what a wonderful time you had - what a fun group! And WOW - just LOVE your 'bias cut lesson' - I so want to try that! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Lynn. It was so simple to do the bias binding that way.