Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mountain Quilt Camp

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday on a Thursday!!  Sorry for the delay, but I didn't leave Mountain Quilt Camp until after lunch today.  We only just got home.

WARNING:  This is a picture-heavy post!!!

I hope you don't mind if I start from the beginning...

... With our first views of the mountains:

... And attempts to capture the first glimpse of fall foliage:

 EARLY ARRIVAL this year nearly EVERYONE came early!!

Grandfather Mountain:

The view from the Banner Elk (Lodge and Cafe), home of the 2016 Wooly Worm Festival:


Libby and Lisa get set up and get busy:

Everything's ready, but the thread:

I started off by prepping a YELLOW Maverick Star:

Lisa completed her first project just before dinner:

I needed a picture of the Think Spring Mystery by Tiffany:

Fall colors...

... Everywhere you look:

THIS is the view across the lake near the entrance of the Holston Presbytery and Retreat Center:

When we returned from dinner, I began with some little gifts:

And a bit of RSC sewing:


Tiffany already completed a quilt top and I found my next iron:

Lisa's getting started on her YELLOW quilt borders:

Here's a look at Grisby Hall, otherwise known as The Sewing Room:

Today, I finished up ONE Maverick Star block:

... And scouted out a cool scrap block:

Bonnie Hunter would have been proud! Leader/Ender project:

I moved on to pairing up HSTs:

We've got some hard-core quilt campers in our midst:

Just LOOK at these set-ups:

Libby is working on ANOTHER quilt from these fabrics:

She's using THIS pattern:

Here is a better look at the component blocks:

Announcements before lunch:

Notice the stack of HSTs:

Getting SHORTER:


Even at Quilt Camp, friends share SCRAPS:

The HST pairings included a bit more RSC sewing in YELLOW:

HERE is how that Leader/Ender block turned out... GORGEOUS:

Pressed "geese" sorted by color...

... Followed by a trip to The Lodge:

Such peaceful surroundings:

One of MANY pretty projects on the go:

Friends pretty projects...

... Progress before dinner:

CUTE project... a Make and Take from a prior Quilt Camp:

I found a 5 point Scavenger Hunt badge:

And after sewing all day...

Another look at the quilt that I'm assembling:

HERE is a close-up of Tiffany's quilting:


Above and below, my personal Frog Team. (Thanks for ripping out my oh so frustrating MAJOR mistake!!)

OK, so maybe next time I should get someone ELSE to take the picture!!  It's still a keeper!!

Another beauty on the pressing table:

Aww... That's better, since my hand isn't in the way this time:

Even better when someone else is taking the photo:

Oh, FUN!!  Shaggy flowers:

EPP from approximately 15 years ago:

Our "Dorm Mom" was this morning's entertainment:

My (corrected) progress:

Today's lunchtime entertainers:

I got lucky on the m&m game:

Tiffany LOVES m&m's, so SHE got to tell the "Worst Quilt Camp" story to all of the campers:

Progress after lunch, a COMPLETED quilt top:

Black, White, and Oh-so-different quilts:

Tiffany is on to ANOTHER long-neglected UFO project:

Autumn splendor...

... On an afternoon hobble to the lake:

After dinner Bloc-Loc demo:

Our home away from home for the week:

Lisa's BEAUTIFUL rip and redo (very) YELLOW quilt:

Lisa is SEW happy to have this quilt top done:

These petals will ravel in the wash:


Libby has had ENOUGH of my camera:

Lisa has moved on to designing a border for the Dad Quilt:

While I tried my hand at the Bloc-Loc ruler...

Pinwheels in progress:

Our beautiful view while sewing:

Too shadowed or too sunny.  Trying for a good shot:

Libby moved on to Dots and Dashes...

After demonstrating her (extremely useful) Creative Grid ruler:

Tif's 2004 Bernina Block of the Month quilt is coming together:

I finished the top row of my Tiffany Mystery, circa 2003 or 2004:

One of the campers will be making this adorable wall hanging in a class at her LQS on Friday and I'm SEW jealous:

Thanks for the FQs, Jill (number from Libby):

Changed to a bit of cutting:

Peg, relaxing with some hand quilting:

Another shot of The Bloggers:

Wednesday Evening's Quilt Camp Show and Tell:

Tiffany shared her nearly completed quilt top:

** If you were there, you would have seen me walk up front with my little basket (previously) filled with HSTs.  I told the story about how that basket had been sitting on a shelf for TWELVE YEARS and showed how they had progressed over the course of camp.  Single HSTs to pairs of HSTs.  Pairs to Threesies or Foursies.  Then on to the top and bottom section of the quilt. Everyone clapped to celebrate my progress.

The Recycle Queen made a garment bag from a 50 lb. feed sack:


LAST night of Quilt Camp, The Late Night Edition:

TWO last double pointed arrows:

Smile Tiffany:

Your Bernina Block of the Month quilt top only lacks an outer border.  Nice work!  That batik strip set was perfect for sashing:

The missing pieces:

Tiffany is working on another Grandmother's Flower Garden block:

Hmm... wonder why I need an extra pinwheel section???

Sections for the center row:

Lisa's getting the flowers sewn down:

JUST A FEW MORE HOURS... and it was SEW hard to say goodbye!!  (Visit Libby's blog at Life on the Hill for an abbreviated version of Quilt Camp week.)

Time to turn in my name tag for next year:

The final seam on the center section:

OOPS!!!  There is a REASON that I don't sew late at night!!!

Everyone else is gone, but us:

All packed up:

Lisa's almost ready to apply the borders:

Tiffany got the Material Girl badge:

Cath came by to make sure we were packing up:

Lisa has only ONE MORE border, but it's time to leave:

Amazing change from when we arrived:

One last look at our fabulous view through the trees:

A stop at The Quilt Shop in Boone:

Funky bags...

Cool patterns:

Talk to your Camp Administrator for a 10% discount at the shop and there were members of the Guild visiting who said to say hello.  So...  Hello, Cath!!  :o))

Lunch at the Come Back Shack...

... Because if you're in Boone, it's a MUST:

Goodbye, mountains:

 Hope to see you next year:

One last view of the BEAUTIFUL Blue Ridge Mountains:

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Thanks, Cath, for a wonderful mountain adventure!!

Until next time...
I'm one Happy (Quilt) Camper!!


  1. Me, too!!! So glad to finally meet you (and your friends)in person. Tell Britt she has to join us next time. Stopped at Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough on my way home and made a big dent in the budget, even with three of my pieces from the sale room.

  2. What a fun and productive time!! It looks like great progress was made on all fronts.

  3. What a wonderful to spend time! Thank you for sharing!


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