Monday, January 13, 2014


Friendship and quilters just naturally go hand in hand.  I have had the great pleasure this last year to go on several retreats with lots of different quilters in several different places. 

Each retreat has its highlights and special memories.  It would be difficult to pick the one I enjoyed the most.

This past November I went with an awesome group of women to Grand Oak Retreat Center in Scottsboro, AL.  These gals call themselves the Lotus Blossom Quilters.  Each one of us made a rail fence block using fall colors with a neutral as the  center bar to put our autograph on.  After arrival we then exchanged these blocks with each other and now each of us has enough blocks to make a small wall hanging; or, we could add blocks to it and increase its size to bed size.


My blocks had my name and the name of the group with the date.

I decided to take the suggestion of my friend, Linda, and I made 9-patch blocks which I then "fractured" to make new blocks.
Putting them together became a fun little project and I chose to use asymmetry for a couple of rows.  That offsets the predictable, traditional style of this pattern.

Each block echoes the style of the maker.  It is such a fun quilt to look at and enjoy with each person's name and her fabrics.
I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine with concentric circles and pebbling in the centers.
No project is ever complete without LilBit's approval!




  1. Looks great Sandi,,,,the design is great especially in those colors.

  2. Good job! I like the colors you chose to complement the blocks ~ ~ and the unexpected layout ~ ~ I always like the assymetry.