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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

Bee-treat

A Time to Sew

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick4 Comments

What a great weekend retreat we had last weekend as our bee went on our annual “bee-treat” at the beach! Lots of sewing, quilting, and knitting mixed in with delicious food and laughter. It was great to have one of our long, lost members return for the weekend. Kelly moved out of state several years ago but slipped right back in without missing a beat and was able to enjoy all the fun just as if she had never left!

We were able to complete a few quilt tops and get a good start on more projects…

Shirley completed her top using beautiful Daiwabo fabrics.

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Kelly made a bathrobe for her son out of John Deere flannel and also got a great start on some pineapple blocks and a quilt top made from plaid fabrics.

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A shoulder injury kept Tina from bringing her machine to sew on but she got quite a bit accomplished on a knitted bag that she is planning to felt.

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Carol made a gorgeous pinwheel quilt top (don’t know how I missed getting a picture of it) and also took a little time to work on her Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt which she has been hand-piecing for as long as I can remember. It is almost finished and we are ready to celebrate with her when she takes those last stitches!

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Lori completed two quilt tops, a bright and happy jelly roll quilt made from a Moda Bake Shop pattern and her version of “Frog Days of Summer”, one of my patterns – Gorgeous!

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Bright and happy quilt tops were also made by Ann using Dr. Seuss fabrics which she made for baby quilts.

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Julianne managed to crank out 25 lined fabric bags for Beads of Courage, an organization that provides bags to children with serious illnesses to carry their collection of beads.

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Julianne also worked on more blocks for her triangle log cabin quilt top.

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As for me, applique was the name of the game as I worked on blocks for my grand-daughter, Emma’s, quilt. Photos for that quilt to be posted at a later date.

I think we all came home with great feelings of accomplishment, and a renewed sense of spirit, ready to hit the ground running for the upcoming week.

Quiltin' with Friends

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick3 Comments

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.