Friday, May 20, 2011

Cimarron Valley Quilters Sew In

In April my friend, Carol, and I went to Stillwater, OK to join up with the Cimarron Valley Quilters' Guild to celebrate their 25 years as a guild. They held a 25 hour sew-a-thon at a local church. It just so happens that after we planned the trip, Carol's brother-in-law was assigned to be the new pastor at the church. Well, once the ladies saw Carol's last name, that was the topic of the retreat. My daughter, Kelleigh, is a freshman at OSU and she joined the guild so she could be connected with other quilters. These ladies have been so kind to her and welcoming her into the guild. What an outstanding guild for such a small town and we will definitely be joining up with them again.

I got a few things pieced while I was there. One was a Sudoku quilt top. It came in a kit and you had to finish the puzzle to find out where to properly place the pieces. The fabric line is Central Park by Kate Spain and the sashing is Stone by Kona. Stone is a great color that goes with so many of the new modern lines.

I participated in a swap from Happiness is Quilting where we made 9 witches feet to switch out. I finally got them all into a quilt top and the border is a piano key style. It was so fun to swap and I love how they all turned out. When you join a swap you "get what you get" which may not always be up to your standards. This one was definitely a great swap.

The ladies at the retreat were working on so many wonderful quilts. The gray, black and red one is my favorite! It is a row quilt and they do it like a swap where one person makes the same row several times and then switches rows with the others in the swap. They did this more than once so I will show you different colorways.

CVQG makes several raffle quilts each year to raise money for their guild. One that they were doing was an English Paper Pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden. They each make a certain number of flowers and then piece it all together. It was just beautiful!!

Kelleigh worked on an art project for school making flowers. She also made and owl and worked on a lap quilt.

Carol was busy talking and making connections with the church members. I don't know how much she got done. She did quilt a Storybook Quilt for a friend and I will post that later. She also worked on a Seminole pieced towel which she is a pro at doing. They always turn out so beautiful. The guild provided a kit to make this adorable pin cushion which Carol did get done. It is a free pattern off of The Pattern Basket website.

On our way to Stillwater, we visited four quilt stores and there is a really nice one right there in town called The Quilting Post. I look forward to visiting Oklahoma again!