Have I mentioned how much I love turtles? I have a turtle tatoo, a turtle purse (who has his own facebook page!) at least one large box of fabric with all shapes, sizes and colors of turtles plus ideas for turtle quilts and various other stuff to make...
Back in 2004 I bought three tiny red-eared sliders in Vancouver, BC. You can't get the little ones in the US anymore - but we smuggled them back across the border in a Starbucks cup. They were tiny!
Here's a group photo - their names were Evinrude, Sheldon, and Churchy. (From the old Pogo comic strip.)
this photo gives a little perspective: Evinrude next to a pencil -
I am fascinated by the markings and designs on these little guys -
Anyway, you get the idea.... so what brought this up, anyway?
Well, I am getting ready to go to a WEEK LONG quilting retreat - yeah that's a long time to have uninterrupted quilting!! I have decided to try to finish some projects that have been lingering and languishing, and among them are two turtle quilts. One is almost done - just needs a little border. The other is past the design stage and all ready to be cut out and sewn.
So, I am packing them up along with pretty much everything else from my sewing room that I can fit in my car. I leave Sunday morning early, the retreat is at the Fort Worden Conference Center in Port Townsend. A beautiful location, not too far away and should be fun! This is my first time at this retreat, I am excited to make some new quilting friends.
Meanwhile, I have been trying to get some customer quilts out of the closet and done. Just finished three different Christmas quilts.
Blocks for this quilt were made by the Riggins Idaho quilt guild. Artfully assembled by my sister. To be sold at a fund raising auction next month.
Close up of a Christmas Tree skirt, made by Patti Kibbe:
And this big boy, made by Beth Aversa. She said it was a block of the month kit, she did a fabulous job on it.
Here are a few close ups:
and a shot of the back. I think this one is just about quilted to death!
I used wool batting on Beth's quilt. It is a little more lofty than the hobbs 80/20 so once you start quilting it down there's no stopping. You squish it down in one spot and it pops up somewhere else. :)
I used Glide thread on all three, my all time favorite color is Military Gold. It really looks nice on the Xmas fabrics.
Well, off to work on my packing!
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