Quilt Retreat Fun!

I spent Tuesday – Friday last week at the annual Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Retreat in Ocean City Maryland.  We checked in on Tuesday afternoon at the Dunes Manor Hotel and deposited our machines and assorted gear in our hotel room. (If you are ever looking for a lovely place to stay – this is IT!)  This hotel treats our group so well.

Tuesday evening was all social, and we had lovely small groups going to dinner in various locations around town.  I enjoyed dinner at Touch of Italy, with a Caprese salad.  That is a restaurant chain I will return to soon.  The rest of our meals were included at the hotel as part of our retreat, and my goodness they have wonderful food .  They have “tea” every afternoon; and happy hour in the bar, so how can you go wrong!!!

We had lovely rooms with great views of the beach and the sunrise and moonrise. I was on the 3rd floor and could still hear the sound of the waves!! Almost as good as a cruise ship balcony!!! (Did I mention it got down to 17 degrees at night?)

We started Wednesday morning about 9 am; and finished up at noon on Friday.  I decided not to work on the “class projects” but to concentrate my time on getting the quilting done on a twin quilt I made in October last year. (I wrote about it once before here – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/a-peak-at-october/   )

I quilted everything except the border and cornerstones, so I think it was a productive time.  (I started quilting this in October at a get-away; spent a full day on it; then packed it away until this retreat).  I used a stitch on my machine designated as a quilting stitch; and went around each LOG in the log cabin quilt, starting at the center of the block. I used  Fantastico # 5021  varigated thread from Superior Threads on the top. It is a 40 weight thread and was turquoise and purple with a hint of green.  I used Superior Bottom Line Periwinkle # 608 in the bobbin. It was a 60 weight thread.  It really disappears on the back of the quilt.  I am still considering my plan for the wide border and cornerstones.  I have enough of these 2.5″ strips left to do a scrappy binding, and I think that will be fun to do!  If you click on the photo’s you can see a bit more of the stitching.


I did mention FUN in the title of this blog post. Let me tell you – 26 quilters – a room full of laughter; and at times; a whisper quiet room while they concentrated on their projects. The group projects were “You’ve Got Mail” and “Coneflowers”. Check out the activity in this room!  As you look around, you will see the CONEFLOWERS being worked on. It really is an art quilt.  There were two samples taped to the wall; one with pink and one with orange flowers.

The ONLY picture I got of a “You’ve Got Mail” –  She was using every available inch to lay out the quilt to get an idea of how the “envelopes” looked.

You've Got Mail in batik

You’ve Got Mail in batik

There were others working on their own projects; and lots of progress made!  I only got a couple of pictures of the individual projects.

Can’t wait for next year’s retreat!! Maybe I will have the projects I started at last year’s retreat finished and I will be able to work on something new.
Happy stitching!

Fun at Ocean Waves Quilt retreat

I feel so lucky to have been able to spend a few days with 25 other women from Ocean Waves Quilt Guild at a retreat in Ocean City Maryland.  We stayed at the Dunes Manor Hotel, and were treated with such  courtesy by the staff.  Wonderful food; great desserts; all included in our fee for the retreat.  The hotel had afternoon tea each day; happy hour; and a lovely lady who played the grand piano in the middle of the lobby; and engaged everyone in a sing-a-long!  She passed out song books and everyone nearby found a place to sit and sing old favorites.

We did a lot of sewing between Wednesday noon and Friday noon.   We worked on two patterns – Summer in the Park and One Block Wonders.

Missouri Star Quilt Company has a video on the Summer in the Park – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WgTyqB8Pc

The pattern can be found at http://englandstreet.blogspot.com/2012/10/summer-in-park-free-jelly-roll-pattern.html

The One Block Wonders pattern can be found in Maxine Rosenthals book – available here – http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wonders-Fabric-One-kind/dp/1571203222

I haven’t taken any photos yet of my Summer in the Park block.  I want to get a few more done before I do, so there is more to see.  Will post them when I get some more finished.

I did get only one photo of my OBW blocks when the instructor had them up on her design wall for demo purposes.    I made one of these quilts in the past, for my granddaughter and was looking forward to doing it again, and doing a much better job.  I was second guessing my fabric choice for a couple of days prior to the retreat, thinking the pattern was not big enough; bold enough etc.  I had an 8 1/2″ repeat, and that was the MINIMUM required.  Well, after I saw them on the design wall, I knew it was going to be ok!!  I have 29 of the blocks made, and will be cutting more fabric.

Enjoy the pictures of our retreat!

This is my OBW; with a small Asian fabric in green; grey and blue with a touch of gold and tan.

This is my OBW; with a small Asian fabric in green; grey and blue with a touch of gold and tan.

Judy used an Asian fabric that had a coral base. She cut her's larger than mine.

Judy used an Asian fabric that had a coral base. She cut her’s larger than mine.

Barbara use a fabric that was feathers in 3 colors.

Barbara use a fabric that was feathers in 3 colors.

This is Linda's  project.  She is thinking about adding the CUBES that she found in the book.

This is Linda’s project. She is thinking about adding the CUBES that she found in the book.

Cindy cut her OBW blocks from a panel. The photo shows the original fabric with her blocks.

Cindy cut her OBW blocks from a panel. The photo shows the original fabric with her blocks.

This is bold and bright. (Forgot who it belonged to tho....ooops)

This is bold and bright. (Forgot who it belonged to tho….ooops)

My table mates - Rita and Judy. They were both on the retreat committee and did a great job.  Fun getting to know them both.

My table mates – Rita and Judy. They were both on the retreat committee and did a great job. Fun getting to know them both. The view out the window is the deck, dunes and beach!! Fun to sit and look up at the waves!

The sunrise from our hotel room !!! While the rest of the Northeast was battling snow, we woke up to this!! Love the mid-Atlantic!

The sunrise from our hotel room !!! While the rest of the Northeast was battling snow, we woke up to this!! Love the mid-Atlantic!

My family knows how much I like to cruise, but the trip Dunes Manor Hotel,(http://dunesmanor.com/) an ocean front hotel for a quilt retreat was the next best thing. (The really cool thing is I had only a 35 minute drive to get there!!!)

I had a great time sharing and learning with 25 other ladies from our guild. I love being in the guild, and think the committee from Ocean Waves Quilt Guild ( http://oceanwavesquiltguild.org/ ) picked the perfect setting for our retreat!  I can’t wait to go again!

Happy stitching!