Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Family Sewing Retreat

 This years sewing retreat was in Corolla, NC.  All 7 of us girls were there with our mother.  We sure missed our only sister-in-law Cheryl.
 Back Row: Sheila - Emily - Julia - Polly - Barbara
Front Row: June - Mother - Coleen

 10 of the nieces joined us. Hannah pieced a t-shirt quilt.

 Niece Jillian worked on velvet Christmas stockings.

 Daughter Autumn pieced a denim quilt.

 Daughter-in-law Melissa pieced her first quilt top.

Daughter Rebecca with her finished quilt.

 Sister Polly worked on many projects.

Sister Julia pieced a quilt of our Father's shirts. Notice how the values in the different shirts plays an important part of the design.

 Four generations were at this years retreat.  Afton pieced two quilts and quilted one.
 Mother - June - Jolene - Afton

Afton really got into the quilting spirit.

Sister Coleen finished her first quilt.

 Sister Emily teaching her granddaughter how to sew. She steers while her granddaughter pushes the pedal.

 Sister Polly piecing another bright quilt.

 Here is evidence that we did make it to the beach.

 One of the quilts I pieced uses the block that will be featured in my upcoming book, "Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars".

I worked on two baby quilts for my grandchildren.
  A penguin quilt.....

and an elephant quilt.  Each quilt will get a named appliqued on them when the babies are born.
 I am already looking forward to next years sewing retreat!


  1. What an incredibly talented family you have! Thanks for sharing the beauty. My daughter would love the penguin quilt - she's obsessed with them. Is there a pattern for that one?

  2. It's so much fun for us non-family members to peek in on all your creativity and fun! Your family is FULL of inspiring women, from your mother down to the fourth generation. This is very special, and the nice thing is, you all know and appreciate how blessed you are!

  3. Amazingly talented family!! Was your retreat a month long to enable you all to get so much done??? What a very special memory for everyone!

  4. yay!!! the penguin quilt looks great :) can't wait to finish it off. Were you able to find a soft grey backing for it yet?

  5. Have so enjoyed looking through your blog today, a link to your twirling swirling Dance pattern was posted onto the quiltingboard.com and I'm so glad I clicked the link to visit here!
    As the others have mentioned, your penquin quilt is just darling!

  6. You ladies certainly are talented. I have the pleasure of having Emily as my neighbor here in Texas. I got to go with her to Austin this past weekend to the show. Your quilts are breathtaking! !

  7. All the quilts are just beautiful, but Rebecca get firts prize! Just love the colours in her quilt. It is fantastic that you all get together and to have your mother there as well.
    All the best from Cape Town