Winter Retreat Quilt Block Exchange

Saturday was a “Sew Day” with my sister, Janet, and my best friend, Shelley.  The goal was to work on some quilt blocks for an exchange at the Indiana State Quilt Guild winter retreat.  Each winter retreat the “back row ladies” (a group of wild and crazy gals) organizes some kind of quilt block exchange.  At the 2011 winter retreat they choose to make these star blocks in batik fabrics which we will exchange at the 2012 retreat.  This sounded great, but I didn’t have any batik fabrics – I know that must be difficult to imagine, so I spent all summer collecting fabrics.  Then in the fall once sailing season was done I’d have plenty of time to whip up these blocks.  Well, here it is just three weeks away from the retreat and I don’t have them done!  A good way to get some focused quilting done is with friends!  Janet already had hers done (the little project finisher that she is), but Shelley and I really needed some help.  Shelley is using a method to sew triangles called Thangles and I used a method of sewing squares together then cutting them apart to make the triangles.  Both methods turned out beautiful blocks!  Here are some pictures of my blocks:

As of this post, I only have 4 more blocks to make.  I will cut the sashings and borders before we leave for the retreat.  At the winter retreat in Shipshewanna, IN, this wonderful group of ladies will exchange blocks and I will be able to set mine together into a quilt top.  I’ve not worked with batik fabrics before and I’ve found this to be very interesting and a lot of fun!

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