I was lucky enough to attend Quilt Camp last weekend in Pleasant Lake, MI at the Hankard Inn B&B - and I must say, it was better than I imagined! The accommodations were warm and cozy, the food was delicious, and new quilty friends were everywhere!
We may have spent slightly more time talking than sewing, but that's ok! We all got a good amount of projects finished too!
Jeni was one of the teachers at Camp and assisted us all in making a fun little drawstring bag! Mine is going to hold crochet projects - love it!
Our finishes! See - productivity did abound for most of us!
Faith taught paper piecing and I must say - learning first hand is MUCH easier than reading about it online or seeing it on YouTube.
I started out with a stack of templates (not the original project I was going to make with these templates, but no worries!) coordinating fabric scraps, and a neutral linen solid.
Bing. Bang. Boom.
And you end up with:
This cute little 2.5" block! I'm making a few Christmas gifts, mug rugs, to be exact that my mom wants to give to friends. I'm a big fan of paper piecing now, but this particular block has VERY heavy seams to press open, 12 layers actually. Other than that - I'm in love!
I also spent a portion of my time working on a Christmas Table Runner for my Kitchen! Just a bunch of HSTs arranged according to this block pattern by Don't Call me Betsy. It was super fun and easy to make! I'm not a fan of actual Christmas fabric so I just used a bunch of red and green prints from my stash. Looks Christmas-y to me!
Once again, I let the practical side get the best of me and I did the backing in all green so it can be used during other times of the year too! Green is one of the colors in my kitchen - shocking, I know!
There was one other project I worked on at Quilt Camp but I cannot divulge that information - sorry - Its almost Christmas gifting time!
So over all I had a blast sewing and creating for a solid 3 days and didn't wipe one toddler bottom, answer to "Mommy!" or do one load of dishes. It was heavenly.... Pure bliss.
I hear Brenda and the girls are planning another Quilt Camp for this coming May - I cannot go but I highly encourage you to look into attending if you live anywhere within driving distance of Michigan - if you're looking to learn new techniques and socialize with other quilty gals.