Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guild Weekend Retreat

This past weekend, guild members gathered at the Hyatt House in Bridgewater, NJ for a retreat! We usually gather for a retreat 1-2 times a year.We stayed from Friday to Sunday, and several members slept over for the weekend. I think it's safe to say that we all got something done, in between eating, drinking, chatting, basting, pressing, piecing, and quilting. We put our guild design walls to good use, too!

Neva was kind enough to take some great pictures of the attendees. Thanks, Neva!

Here's (left) Neva, Tatiana, Laura, Sonia and Teddi with their clutches! Sonia taught a free mini class on how to make them. Jessica L. also taught a free class on making folded star fabric ornaments. This was an addition to our retreats that we'll surely return to!

On day 1, Friday, we shared the ins and outs of Instagram with guild members. You can see all of our tags from the retreat under the hashtag #cjmqg.

Stephanie was our guest from the Philly MQG! It was so fun getting to know her.

 I did a lot of pressing and chain piecing! This is my all-voile quilt, which Jess L. and I basted on a table together... fun times!

Tatiana especially loved making zip pouches! She also showed us her beautiful quilt from the Jacquie Gering workshop this summer.

 This is Linda B.'s Michael Miller Challenge from earlier this year. Isn't it lovely?

 Kristina B. worked on some cute embroidery and her Swoon blocks.

 Sue worked on a pretty purple quilt for herself!

 Teddi was hard at work on this gorgeous applique for her future grandson:

 Kathleen H. was sewing up tiny HSTs!

 We had a lovely visit from Elizabeth, Laura's 6-month-old daughter. Laura sewed with us on Friday, too!

 Neva worked on a bunch of projects, including this block from this year's Pile O' Fabric Quilt A Long. How striking is this hanging quilt?

Jess worked on her amazing modern medallion.

 Terri hand sewed hexagons!

And last but certainly not least, Michelle worked on quilting this lovely rainbow quilt.

 Here's a sneak peek of our guild quilt for the Quiltcon Charity Quilt Challenge. I designed the quilt and pieced the whole thing this weekend. Members brought us blocks earlier in the week at our November meeting!

-Jess S.