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!