Wednesday, July 22, 2009

UFO's from Gwen's Beaver Island Retreats

Jan and I have attended Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat a few times (lucky us!). The following UFO's are from two of those retreats.

The first UFO is from the 'Pieces and Parts' retreat. Prior to the retreat we made random blocks of a complimentary size (2", 3", 6"...) with no thought on how they would be used. In advance of the retreat, I made the stars, red-green hourglass (left/top border), 9 patch (right/bottom border), and some strata (lengths of fabric strips sewn together - used here to frame the stars).

Here's a close-up of the 9 patch border on the right. I love the pinwheel/broken dishes tucked between the 9 patch blocks.

And what do you do when your border isn't long enough? You just add one more strip (green center).
The next UFO is from the Medallion retreat. I love this piece, but haven't looked at it in quite awhile. I think I'll leave it up on the design wall to figure out what the next round will be (or call it quits and make a wall hanging out of it).

This is a close up of one corner. Sorry it's so large, but I can't delete it without deleting the whole message (or at least I haven't figured out how to do that yet), so we're stuck with this.

I have finished a project from one of the retreats, but I'll save that for another post.

Bye for now!


Kathie said...

both are beautiful!
cant wait to see more from Gwen's retreats
Just love your fabric choices
thanks for sharing these quilts with us

Kathy said...

Those pinks really make the whole piece pop. Gorgeous quilt!

Bizarre Quilter said...

I really don't think it needs any more borders.. just the binding... I love it!!