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Sunshine Retreat 2017

Two years ago, the Sunshine Online Group (a Yahoo group that makes quilts for children in mostly third world countries having cleft palate surgery by the Rotary Rotoplast project and orphans around the world) had its first retreat. Soon after it was over, a second was planned near Omaha, NE. In the year before the second event, online members made piles and piles of blocks and sent them to the organizers. Some, like me, cut the parts and brought them.

Seventeen members gathered at the Carol Joy Hollings Retreat center and over the weekend finished 184 tops. These were then distributed to members who had offered to quilt and bind them. People at home also sewed tops during the weekend, but I don’t have that tally yet (I know of 6 so far).


This photo is from about 3/4 of the way into the weekend when we had just surpassed 150. I didn’t jump up fast enough to get that photo-op moment.

As usual, I designed from a design bed. Other more agile folk designed from the floor.

OM-design bed

I would take 30 or so blocks up to my room so I could switch in and out as necessary to get the final 24, mark the rows and return to the sewing room, return the unused blocks and start sewing up the selected. You can see the main block we used. They measure 10 1/2 inches unfinished. We also had star and pinwheel and crumb blocks to work with. And blender fabric.

Most finished tops measure 40 X 60.


This is the only top I made that I got a photo of for myself. The leaders took photos of all 184 tops and they are posted on our Yahoo group page. There are many interesting settings possible with the block; however, by the end I went with the simplest so I had more freedom to move blocks around for color interest.

A couple of us got there before the official opening time. We had breakfast at a local coffee house in Ashland, Cheri O’s, with nice coffee shop atmosphere and great food.

Cheri O's sculpture

I especially liked the wall 3D sculptures.

And being near Lincoln, we visited the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. I found it amusing that I went to Nebraska to see exhibited some of the collection of a local Portland quilt collector, Bill Volckening.

These are from the 70s. Note how modern the first one looks–or does that mean “modern” is really an old concept? And as for the hexagon diamond quilt–if all you have is double knit, double knit is what you will make your quilts from!

There were other exhibits as well: a Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) show, Layered Voices, (the link should take you to a description of the exhibit from which you can click on slide show), Elizabeth Ingraham’s Regarding Nebraska (link takes you to description–I didn’t see a link to quilts, though there is one to the website), and Sacred Spaces, quilts from Central Asia, where they have made patchwork for over a millenium (the link leads to the quilts). I could have spent a whole day there, but it was time for lunch and for beginning our sewing marathon.

I’ll be linking to Finished or Not Friday (button in sidebar).





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Guild Quilt Show

This year’s show has come and gone, and I am behind in downloading photos and writing about them.  I’ll start with quilts with stories, and I’ll admit that I enjoyed each of these more for their stories. That observation seems relevant after the earlier discussion of artist statements.

First a miniature:

NW mini mouse

Mouse Song, Rosemary Hampton-Kelly

First note that the squares in the background are 1/4 inch. The story is that scientists have discovered male mice sing a very complex song at a pitch humans cannot hear.

Two quilt stories dealt with death–I’ll show the statements in their own words.

Jo's Last Quilt

Jo’s Last Quilt

NW Jo's Last Quilt text

I should have taken a close up showing the needle, but thought of it too late.  The bright colors and varied-sized cross blocks are irresistible and caught my attention before I read the statement. It is hard to like it more when I’d already liked it a lot. But the statement adds an important dimension.

And this one

NW Can't you hear my heart beat

Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat? Kathie Kerler

NW Hear my Heart Beat text

I heard people talking about the story before I saw the quilt. Of course, I recognized the quilt easily from the story, and yes, the statement added an important dimension. Without it, I think I’d have seen only a call to exercise.

Then there is this childhood memory

NW kimono YukiSugliyamo

Kimono Sampler Yuki Sugiyama

This is her childhood kimono, worn on special occasions.

I did get a detail photo of this one.

NW kimono sampler yuki sugliyamo detail

I hope you enjoyed this taste of the Northwest Quilters’ Festival of Quilts. I have a few more photos for another post.

Linking with Needle and Thread Thursday, link in sidebar.


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Stretching Art and Tradition

Back in January I finished Dreaming of Cool, Clear, Abundant Water and got it mailed off. Today all the Stretching Art and Tradition quilts are online here and next year’s challenge is here.

Enjoy viewing and consider playing.

Meanwhile, I’ve prewashed my Riley Blake challenge fabric, and I’m plodding away at my Threads of Resistance piece. Templates made, pieces cut, and a few stitched.  But it isn’t photogenic yet. Soon.


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