Monday, March 14, 2011

Back from NYC!


This weekend I got to go on a quilting retreat in NYC, hosted by the lovely and talented Victoria. She set up a perfect sewing space in her loft, cooked for us, shared all her scraps, and set a wonderful tone of warmth and good humor.

I made this quilt, which I think I'll call "New York Scraps." It's 72 x 80. I brought only a few solid fabrics, and used scraps supplied by everyone else.

Victoria and I did a trade, where she sent me this poppy, and I made this for her. Yes, those are buttons from old shirts on the white polka dots.

I sent her this piece of vintage fabric, and look at this exquisite piece she made!! I absolutely LOVE it.


Everyone was so much fun and so creative! Bonnie sat next to me and made these cool scrappy hexagons.


Karen was across the room, quietly whipping out these masterpieces from scraps.


Helen pieced together these colorful scraps and will soon be wearing a very fun vest.


It was great to see Victoria at work--cut, sew, cut, sew--then...

Wa-la! Like magic. She's completely amazing.


Kim made this cute owl for a future Halloween quilt.


Jackie masterfully put together a paper-pieced table topper, then played with Victoria's Mary.



I didn't get a photo of Jessica's new quilt, but she brought this HAND-PIECED finish to show. Incredible!

Here's another stunning show and tell, this one from Andrea.

Thank you, thank you Victoria and everyone. I will hold a warm smile in my heart from this retreat for a long, long time.

26 comments:

Sharon said...

Wow, what a creative weekend you had! Everyone's work is just glorious! I love your NY Scraps top - another stunner. And we finally get to see your little beauty for Victoria. I LOVE the buttons on it, and the great quilting too. You must be on such a creative high!

Kathie said...

oh just love the little quilt you made for victoria and the buttons make it just so fun!
What you made this weekend is a quilt I have always wanted to try.....of course just love all that red in there and those polka dots too cute!
What a great memory quilt of what appears to be an amazing weekend of just fun , fun, fun!
Kathie

Cathy said...

Love the pics! Your zig zag quilt is AMAZING! xo

Jackie said...

So glad you are home safely!! It was so much fun to sit and sew with you all weekend long, what a pleasure!! I am so glad that I got to see your Eyelash quilt in person too. By the way, I knew you would go home with a gorgeous quilt top! You persevered and it paid off big time!!

Sujata said...

LeeAnn,

I love seeing these pictures! Your quilt is stunning! I am amazed at how much all of you got done! Each one is filled with so much fun!

Mini exchange quilts are beautiful! Did I say your quilt is stunning?

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

COME BACK!!! I just go tin my groove! ;-)
LeeAnn, It was fantastic having you here... Why on earth is SEATTLE so far away.... I loved watching you hand select each and every piece for your quilt...You have an amazing eye for color and print...I adore you my friend... A fabulous group of ladies, and great memories have been made...

Tonya Ricucci said...

wow wow wow.the poppy quilt turned out really well - my favorite touch is definitely the polka dot fabric and the extra little dots! love the zig zag quilt and how it fades in and out a bit and yet the zigs and the zags are still really apparent - excellent job. so fun to see what everyone else was working on too. wonderful! Victoria even cooked for you all and still got so much done? She is a wonder.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

LeeAnn I love your zig zag quilt, it is so fun! Of course the red really makes it!

Jessica said...

I love how you take and present photos of your own quilts.
it was really great to meet you this weekend~ I hope you enjoyed every minute of your time in NYC and that you'll come back soon. The HST quilt is stunning-- just triangles but so YOU. Visiting the retreaters' blogs after spendng time with them in person has been really cool. All of the sudden someone's blogging style, quilting style, and IRL personality merge into a more complete picture of the quilter herself. Seeing the big picture makes me appreciate blogland and quilting so much more.
I hope we'll have a chance to meet up again someday~

Nancy said...

So much to enjoy in this post! glad you had a great time. Love all the quilts.

Exuberant Color said...

I LOVE your zig zag quilt!!! I have to make a scrappy one now. One more quilt on the bucket list.

Alexis said...

I'm so glad you had such a fabulous time! That NY Triangles quilt is stunning... hmmm, Times Square is kinda triangular, it's so NY! All your show and tell is such candy too! What an enriching and wonderful weekend :-)

beth said...

YOur zigzag makes me want to go sew...Right now!!
Looks like you had so much fun! Thanks for the pictures!!

mary.keasler@gmail.com said...

WOW, LeeAnn Your zig zag it wonderful. Perfect combination of lights and darks. It just shines. What a fun, creative bunch of ladies.

Dan (Made by a Man) said...

New York Scraps is fantastic - really eye catching. It looks like it was a fun retreat!

YankeeQuilter said...

Great quilts all...looks like a great time!

Kim said...

I couldn't said it better myself :0)
Miss you already!

Happy Sewing

Theodora quilts said...

I wish I could be closer so I could join in the fun,all of you ladies rocked, all of the projects are super ,and so happy to see some familiar names and the faces to match,thank you so much for sharing since I am far from the quilt scene.xoxo theodora

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wow!!! Wow!!! I think i'll be saying that for the next 10 minutes..Wow, what a collection of stunning work!! How wonderful of Victoria to bring you all together and host such a fun weekend.

meli B said...

Your zigzag quilt is brilliant. I started one a few months ago but it was so boring I put it away. Now I just have to get back to it. I need to make a few changes! Isn't it great to spend some time with like minded people? So inspirational. Thanks so much for the fabulous photos.

Shasta said...

That zig zag quilt is gorgeous -- another quilt to add to my to-do list.

KathyB said...

What colorful & beautiful quilts! Wish I had been there! I don't sew quilts, but I do a lot of hand stitching on my fabric collage. Love, love, love to hand stitch all over the place. (I think there is a happy old quilter's spirit in me.) (grin) Your website just inspires me. Thanks. Come see What to do with your scraps

Marit said...

Thank you for sharing the fun retreat with us. Beautiful creations and creative women together, what a great recipe! The NY top is amazing - completely in love with this one, too
; )

liz said...

It felt like I was there. What a vibrant picture you painted with your description. It seemed like so much creative energy in that place. Bravo.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Love your post! It's been so much fun to see what you all came up with!

Pippa said...

When I stop to read blogs, I keep coming back to your NYC scrap quilt. It is truly amazing. And that you made it over the weekend from scraps people provided! How inspired. Your colourful quilt captured my eye and my imagination.

Prior to this quilt, it was your inspired by Anna Williams quilt that caught my eye. I can always count on you and Victoria to show such vibrant, joyful quilts that remind me why I quilt and inspire me to do more.

Thank you.