Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Quilt Escape Retreat - Post #3

So the last two post focused on specific retreaters... this one will be a collection of photos of the amazing work the ladies were working on, but first I wanted to introduce you to Nancy Mirman. Nancy is the instructor who taught the woven classes I took at Country Quilter, where I made 'Let's Dance' and the design workshop that led to my 'Sister Chat' quilt. Thanks Nancy!
Ok... now the photos....

Claire came to the retreat for the first time with her sister. I couldn't believe she drove all the way up from Virginia! She was working on a quilt for her college bound son to take with him when he leaves for Virginia Tech in the fall.... note the colors... VT's burgandy and orange. The last photo shows the progress she made at the retreat. By the time she left, all the squares were finished.

Eileen is Claire's sister who lives here in NY. She was also working on a paper piecing NY Beauty project.
Another one of Eileen's quilts. She made this top before coming to the retreat.

Jeanne is one of my Pelham Quilter's guild members. I just love this Coffee cup wall hanging.

Ok... tell me your mouth didn't drop when you saw these pictures. The flowers are first appliqued and then machine embroidery is added to give the dimension. According to the quilter, it is an embroidery pattern (sorry I don't have the name).

This quilt is so sophisticated and serious, that I was surprised how much I liked it. I think it is the color choice that works so well for me.

How do you like this Pirate wallhanging. This is a pattern by Mary Gay Leahy, who used to teach at The Country Quilter before it closed.

This is a NY Beauty Garden. It was a class taught by Claire Oehler, the previous owner of The Country Quilter, before her retirement last month. The Country Quilter also sponsors this retreat. Thank God, Claire says she will continue the retreat even though the store closed.

This is a one block wonder.... yes the background is made up of kaleidioscope blocks all using the same pattern. She worked wonders with the fabric choices.

Bonnie made this signature quilt for her first grade son's teacher. Hey... I can teach, can I get one?

Here is Giovanna again, with her original snowflake quilt. The background is machine appliqued with various blue fabric and then the snowflakes are added using the raw edge applique technique.

Another newbie to the group... this is a pieced tablecloth with flowers appliqued on the top.

OK... you must agree, we had some very talented ladies in our group! Very productive is well....


Sue said...


Your group is very talented! NY Beauty is my favorite so I LOVED those quilts!

Gayle Bong said...

Renee, It looks like you had a great time at this retreat. Let's hope Claire doesn't quit putting it on. Of course, retreats are offered everywhere. Just decide with your friends where and when.

Rosaline said...

Absolutely amazing. Your retreaters don't take on easy projects do they? I would love, love to have the NYB Flower Garden. The teacups would look great in my kitchen. And of course the pieced tablecloth and college quilt are equally amazing. It's so nice to see different quilts being made. Gives readers new ideas to work with.

angelabe said...

Non ho parole. Siete veramente brave!!

Renee said...

Thanks Angelabe.... but unfortunately, I don't read or speak Italian. Can anybody help me out?