I’m excited about my latest venture. The good folks at Wagner’s Quilts and Conversation in Arapahoe, Nebraska and I are partnering up to present a
String Piecing Quilt Retreat!
You’re invited to join us for two and a half days of fun and relaxation at the beautiful lodge owned and operated by Hunt Nebraska in Arapahoe, Nebraska, Sept. 24 to 27, 2017. It’s a lovely space—clean and comfortable, and you can just relax and sew to your heart’s content. We’ll cook and clean up while you create!
Arrive on Sunday evening at 7 pm for wine and cheese and an introduction to string piecing. Settle into your room and your quilting space, and meet your new friends. Then start sewing, or retire early to be well rested for Monday’s activities.
Spend Monday and Tuesday learning about string piecing and all its possibilities. Sew, sew, sew! We’ll take stretch breaks as needed and step outside to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, maybe even go for a short walk.
What can you do with string piecing?
- Use up your scraps
- Trade scraps with others to add variety
- Spice up traditional blocks
- Create original blocks
- Go simple or go complex
- Be traditional or be improvisational
- HAVE FUN!
This is one very simple, very easy block you can make. Your own fabrics will make your blocks unique. We’ll trade fabrics with each other but the best part? I’m bringing a huge assortment of scraps and leftovers for you to use, too! You get to sew from my stash of saved-up treasures!
This Ohio Star was spiced up with string piecing. Every patch is “fabric” that was created with strips of leftovers. It’s more interesting than it would be if the patches were just prints.
This is 16 little string blocks put together into a small quilt. My fabric recipe was blues, greens and black-and-white prints. Pretty fun!
Here’s something more complex. This is Honeycomb by Karen Griska of the Selvage Blog. The 60º triangles that make up the hexagons are first string pieced. Believe it or not, this is easy sewing, and if you want to make this quilt, I will show you how.
You’ll have many more options for what to make. And if you just want to play around, you can do that too. I’ll be there to help you the whole time.
A few more details:
- $275 covers three nights lodging at Hunt Nebraska, 8 meals, my instruction and one trunk show
- Arrive 7 pm Sunday, leave 11 am Wednesday
- Fill in supplies as needed at Wagner’s Quilts, just across the street from the lodge
- We cook and clean up, you create!
- More fun, interesting and engaging activities are planned
Here’s a brochure. If you have questions, call Ruth and Gretchen (lovely ladies!!) at Wagner’s Quilts, 308-962-8458. I hope to see you there!