Happy Monday – Welcome to Main Crush Monday! I am home from a very productive quilting retreat, and am so glad I took a few days for myself to go. The day before I left I said to my hubby “I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to go away for 5 days during this time of year“. I was feeling a bit guilty for leaving, knowing that I have several deadlines to meet before Christmas. Being the great guy that he is, hubby convinced me that I needed to go and I shouldn’t worry about deadlines or anything else as it would all be here when I got back. So off I went. I finished the three projects that were at the top of my list, and came home reenergized and ready to face all those deadlines. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a quilting retreat, I say Go! It was worth every minute.

As I said, I finished the top three projects that were on my quilting To Do list. Because they are gifts for Christmas I am only going to show you a portion of one of them. If I share any more, the recipients will see their gift and we don’t want that to happen until they are actually gifted!  Here is a peek of one of the quilt tops I finished:

Rail Trail quilt blocks

It’s a simple rail trail pattern with sashing. I love the way the dark blue sashing frames the blocks and allows them to be the star. I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt – you’ll just have to be patient for a while longer. 🙂

While I can’t show you my projects, I can show you some of the terrific projects others were working on at the retreat. There was just so much inspiration there!

WV Weiner Dog

Look at this adorable WV puppy quilt Susie made! He is a true WVU fan! She used Elizabeth Hartman’s Dogs in Sweaters pattern and changed it up by using only one dog and adding in all the team colors. Makes me want to make my own doggy quilt!

There were some beautiful hand embroidered projects being put together. I fell hard for Marty’s red work blocks. She embroidered the centers, then pieced the blocks, and then sashed them. I think this quilt is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it when she gets it finished.

 

Marty's Redwork block

Another hand embroidered beauty is this fun collection of witches that Mary Ann is putting together:

Embroidered witches

In this pic she has the panels together. She is piecing the blocks for the borders. It’s going to be fantastic once it is finished. We had a lot of fun choosing which witch we wanted to be. 🙂

Here’s a close-up so you can see the detail:

Embroidered witches

After all the embroidery work was done, Mary Ann colored the panel with crayons as instructed in the pattern. I wish I had the skill to make something like these embroidered pieces – they are beyond cute!

Another fun quilt is this Halloween one, which shows off so many fun fabrics. Notice the ‘candy corn’ blocks in the center that make a star shaped medallion.

Halloween quilt with fun fabrics

I don’t collect novelty prints, and I especially don’t have Halloween themed fabrics. After seeing this quilt though, I might have to change that!

While I was at the retreat I spent the majority of my time sewing (and eating, and talking, and laughing). I did take a break one afternoon and visited a local quilt shop with some of the ladies. I found some tiny hexie papers for English Paper Piecing. Then I came back and made these:

EPP tiny hexies

These hexies are 3/8″. Yes, you read that right – they are smaller than a half inch. They are tiny, and they are fun! Since I was playing with small hexies, I decided to go even smaller….

quarter inch hexies english paper pieced

The red one is a quarter inch. Makes those 3/8″ hexies look gigantic doesn’t it? LOL I think I have a plan for these. I just have to see if I can execute it!

So that’s it for me today. There’s just so much quilty goodness to crush on! I’ll have some customer quilt finishes to share with you later this week, after they are delivered. Now it’s time for you to share your quilt crushes – what are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link up any blog post, Instagram, or Flickr pic – here’s how:

 

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