It’s Coming Up Retreat Time

Hard to believe but it will be the 5th annual MLQ Quilt Camp at Edenvale April 18-21! As with any retreat there will be lots of inspiration, energy, good food and good friends. Can’t wait to get there.

<—The small project this year is a Quilter’s Angel. I had been working with the 2015 Row by Row fabrics and decided that they’d be perfect for this sweet angel. I used a charm pack, two fat quarters and a strip or two of yardage. I’d been saving abalone buttons for years for a project that may very possibly never get made and they are the perfect fit for this water themed sea angel.

The angel applique is from the free pattern inside this applique pressing sheet package. The background is pieced using 2 patches, 4 patches and 1 1/2″ strips. Any pieced background will work for your own Quilter’s Angel. The finished size is approximately 15″ x 24.”


And now to an update on the 2015 Row by Row quilts…I’ve been working on Joan’s rows, just cutting and appliqueing, no stitching ;) My plan is to have all her rows done in time for the retreat, I’ve only got 2 more to go! Most of Joan’s are made from kits and H20 fat quarter bundles. The background and clouds from the Dancing in the Rain row (the Cloth Shop) are from my stash but all the raindrops are fabrics from all the other rows…I love this row! I’m going to make one as a wall hanging :)

I started a new group for the 150th Canada Mystery quilt on FB. It is to encourage completion of these blocks as they come in so we aren’t behind the 8-ball when it comes to assembling the quilt for July 1, 2017. For me it’s a very slow process, waiting, waiting, waiting for the next block. Good thing I have lots of other things to keep me busy.

This one is block #4 from Nova Scotia. It is the iconic lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove. I’m using raw edge applique plus a little thread painting ¬†and free motion stitching in some areas. Thoughts are to stitch in the ditch when it is time to quilt it. In case you were wondering the Osprey is the bird of NS.

Block #5 is from the Northwest Territories. I love how the sky fabrics in this kit make it look like we are seeing the Aurora Borealis. I also added a 3rd bear to the ice flow just because I could! :D The official bird of the NWT is the Gyrfalcon.

The next block is from the Yukon. Will we be panning for gold?

Best get back to finishing the retreat surprise and adding to the list of things not to forget!

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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