Our bee recently went on our yearly "bee-treat" and had a wonderful weekend full of laughs, relaxation and sewing! I think we determined that this was our seventh year to go away together (it would have been eight except for the fact that we cancelled our retreat four years ago when I had a skiing accident). Anyway, we always look forward to our time together. For the past two years we have gone to Oak Island and stayed in a gorgeous beach house owned by a relative of one of our members. We waste no time getting machines and tables set up so that we can get down to some serious sewing and quilting.
This year's retreat was also a deadline for a project we had been working on individually. We got the idea from Quilting Arts magazine as they published an article a few months ago asking for small quilts that portray your inner animal. Since these quilts were small, usually 8 1/2" x 11" or something close to it, we figured this would be an easy and fun project. Giving ourselves several months to work on them also helped, however, there are always a few of us who literally wait until the last minute! I must admit I am one of the procrastinators but managed to meet the deadline by finishing my quilt at 11:30 p.m. the night before the reveal! Unfortunately I could not think up an animal that was a procrastinator but did manage to come up with something that I felt was a close depiction.
I decided my inner animal had to be a duck. When I asked my dh why he thought I picked a duck he said it was because I let things roll off my back and don't get too upset about anything. Although that is a pretty accurate description, the real reason is because, like a duck, I may look calm on the surface but underneath the water I'm paddling as fast as I can! When we had our "reveal" moment, the quilts were removed from a bag and laid on the floor one at a time so that we could guess which animal matched which person. What fun it was to see just how well we knew each other.
This cute little quilt belongs to Shirley. She said she had a hard time coming up with just one animal that depicts her so this is Shirley flipping her lid! As you can see it says, "Itz a ZOO in here!" She says that pretty much sums it up with all her ideas just screamin' to get out.
Julianne created this great little quilt of a Mama Hen. She said she longed to create a cheetah, based on her love of running and racing but she was sidelined from running due to an injury during the challenge time (notice the cheetah shaped cloud). She decided that she is really a Mama Hen with her four chicks around her, who dreams of being a cheetah. The hen is sitting on a quilt that Julianne made, which was photographed and transferred to fabric for use in her little quilt.
It wasn't too hard for us to guess that this was Carol's quilt. We are always accusing her of putting things away and forgetting where she put them. The great thing about this little quilt is that behind every leaf is a picture of scissors, thread, measuring tape or some other sewing tool. She certainly nailed it with this one. Also, notice the question mark above the squirrel's head? That's Carol, always looking for something and as she says, tries things by trial and error! :)
There was no doubt who this little gem belonged to when it was revealed! Lori is a Hokie through and through and has sewn every bag pattern known to man! Although the rest of us weren't really sure what a Hokie was, we learned that it is actually a turkey. Lori says the Hokie Bird is loyal, studious, loves fall weather and college football, and bleeds maroon and orange. She did a great job on this little bag, the back of it even has turkey feathers for a tail!
Last, but certainly not least, is Tina's lion quilt. She says the traits of a lion are independent, strong, and fiercely protective of family and friends. What a beautiful job she did of collecting just the right brown prints for the lion's mane. It's no surprise that Tina chose this strong and gorgeous creature as she, herself, earned her black belt in karate this past year. You go girl!
We still have one member of our bee who is working on her inner animal. Hopefully Ann will have her quilt ready to post soon.