September 28, 2012

Retreat & Cafe Quilt

As I was sewing this 12 inch block I knew that I wanted it all for my own! Come to think of it, I seem to be quite a selfish quilter wanting to keep everything I make but I'm certain most people realized that long before I did!

I knew that I wanted to hang it on my studio wall to enjoy rather than stuffing it in one of my various finished project bins away from cat fur tumbleweed & colour-sucking sunlight, and a wonderful one day quilt retreat gave me the perfect opportunity to turn my Texting While Sewing contest block into a cute little wall-hanging.

I used high loft polyester batting which is my batting of choice and as I started quilting I thought that I had made a huge mistake! My lines started warping and spots were way too poofy! But I continued on and by the end I really liked the trapunto effect around the signs in my quilt :o)

I sewed some small pockets onto the back before adding the binding which are perfect for hanging small quilts. One wonderful quilter at the retreat asked if she could use the idea so I will be writing a small tutorial in the next blog post.

I also received my contest prizes in the mail. I still haven't spent my $50 gift certificate for the Fat Quarter Shop because I am waiting for Lecien's Inkwell to be released!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)


  1. Of course you should keep this wonderful quilt for yourself!!!

  2. I would keep it myself too if I were you.. Those tiny details..I deserve to win it too - and my, can I envy you for getting that in your mailbox.. LOL..

  3. I love everything about your mini quilt! I love the corner pockets, that's a cute idea!!

    I wish I could paper piece the way you do... Or you know... At all. Lol

  4. It looks fabulous there in your sewing room. And wow, what a pile of prizes! Seeing them in one spot makes it so impressive! I love little corner hangers like that. I use them too after having received a mini in a swap with corner pockets like that.

  5. This is such a special mini and looks just perfect in your craft room, Laurraine! That's a great pile of prizes right there!

  6. I think the poly batting worked out well...good for you for continuing to sew. The signs really pop out cute.

    I see you have a Beam N Read....those lights rock...I know you'll enjoy that.


  7. It looks so good! I love how it turned out!

  8. Wow! Resto senza parole, รจ davvero una cosa deliziosa. Complimenti.
    Esiste il modello?

  9. I LOVE it! Do you have a pattern for it to sale?

  10. Wow this is gorgeous. I just love the detail.

  11. Your little bakery is far too cute to part with!

  12. I am new to your blog - what a fantastic mini quilt! It's inspiring!


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