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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A little quilting in the Alps

A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to attend my 3rd Patchwork in the Peaks in Morzine, France. The theme this year was Scraps!

As always it was a relaxing time and we had amazing weather with bright sunshiny days. This time, my girlfriend attended with me and it was nice to have company as we discovered a freakin' FIVE hour delay to our flight!!
This did afford me the opportunity to get a glimpse into my girl's suitcase when she kindly offered me a banana. She had a smorgasbord of green beans and other foody loot. I started thinking I hadn't adequately described the fantastical feasts we would be in for all weekend, but I quickly snapped a friendly pic of her suitcase and posted it to Facebook. With friends like me.. yadda yadda.

L's gorgeous jacket lining
  Anyway, with all the delays, happy Richard was there to greet and escort us to the weekend already in session. We arrived just in time for dinner and show & tell!
Supernova friendship block show off
Wonky Pinwheel show off
hello hugs
I had time in the week before Peaks to work on installing zippers AND learn a little about how to use my serger and came up with these gifts for all the ladies. I used the Pencil Case Tutorial from Hamels Thread.
Filled with little goodies & my favorite Reese cups
I used canvas for most of them 
Mochawildchild pencil pouch
This shiny, crazy fabric was really wiggly to sew 

Preparing for lunch on the patio
 Our first class was a lesson in y-seams from Ms. E. We cussed and complained our way through making this block (and some of the smarter cookies figured out a way around the dumb &^% y seams), but in the end we all came up with something. (Some of the overachievers came up entire quilt tops lol.) Yes Paula, I'm talking about you!

everyone's blocks
The class I had been looking most forward to was Karen's paper piecing lesson. I have tried learning this on my own, but haven't had any luck. "Karen the Blogger" was a great instructor and super patient when asked for the 50th time - flip WHAT? She designed a pattern for us called Autumn Leaves and it was fun seeing everyone's creations.
Karen the Blogger 

a couple of cool finishes

my autumn leaves & spinning card trick

Quilt Fairy Gina's Stash Attack project was sewing machine mats. This was a fun chance to practice FMQ and was a quick finish. Here's mine on the left & Ms. L's on the right.

heated game of  fq dice swap
all my projects

Farewell lunch 

Till next time, friends!

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  1. That would be a dream quilting retreat! Gorgeous! Love the autumn leaves...cute as can be!

  2. It was one amazing quilt retreat! What else could one wish for? We even had suitcase green beens! ;-) I love my pencil pouch you made! I chose the yellow the yellow measuring tape...very American. I always wanted one. Your leaves wall hanging is gorgeous! The fabrics are incredibly modern and beautiful. Hope to see you there again...remember, I am in the same time zone too.

  3. Oh it looks like you all had a brilliant time and learnt loads too.

  4. Well at least you made the flight ;o)


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