Just when you thought you’d seen all we did at the quilt retreat, WAIT… there’s MORE! You don’t think I could spend the whole weekend without something FOOD or COOKING related, do you?
But first, the clothing and accessory portion of our retreat projects. Here is Elaine, with her first of three kimono… blocks. Elaine was being very careful to take proper rest breaks so her neck wouldn’t bother her. This also allowed her to catch up with each of us individually, which we don’t have time to do at regular guild meetings.
In the outerwear/accessory division, we have Connie, who made a lovely bright messenger bag, so she can look cooler than the students when she’s schlepping around her books and laptop, or hanging out at the Blue Heron on her breaks.
I tried to get Connie to look pouty and overworked, but she laughed at me. I mean, she’s already got the black shirt and faded jeans, right? Note the cool rouching (gathers) on the top flap, for added cool texture. Way cool, this bag. I want one to disguise my box of rocks (a.k.a. laptop).
And now, for the cheffy/foodie bit…. APRONS! Yes, we pulled out our Vanilla House Designs patterns and went at it. Friday Night and Sunday Dinner Aprons were assembled by several of us. Here are some photos:
Ingrid is marking the rounds on the bottom corners of her apron skirt. Doesn’t the striped bias binding on her pocket holes look cool?
See how cool her Sunday Dinner Apron is? Here’s a closeup of the pocket detail.
I really like the contrast of the fabrics on this apron.
Sheila also carried the food theme along, with stylized vegetables on her Friday Night apron. Coffee, Tea, or Me, Darling?
There were other aprons made or in progress that didn’t get photographed, but here’s a great shot of Ingrid, Sheila, and Sue.
All this, and we can cook, too! Did I mention the fabulous potluck food? Can you tell this is one of my favorite weekends of the year? It’s a great way to spend time with some of my best friends here in the area, and to make our normally solo activity a group one. Thanks to all of these women for making this weekend so much fun.