I have been working with Sue Pelland's Hearts and More Ruler set. My rule for purchasing rulers is I have to be able to make more than one quilt with it. The Hearts and More Ruler certainly fits that criteria. I made the "He Loves ME..." quilt first. I will be teaching this at my Quilt Guild in February.
Blue Hen Quilt Shop in Newark, DE. This is an adorable shop opened by my friend Erin Underwood. She is an amazing pattern designer, quilter and now shop owner. I had a lot of fun visiting with her and will definitly make this a destination any time I am in the area. Her selection of batiks is outstanding, her samples are gorgeous a delightful place to visit.
From there we checked out Mare's Bears Quilt Shop This was also an adorable shop and one I had not visited yet. We were trying to find the shop, my GPS was not cooperating. It said we had arived but we didnt see the shop. We pulled into a plaza to turn around. My friend MaryGin called the shop to finsd out where they were, turns out we were stopped right in front of the shop. All we had to do was look up and there was a larger than life sign! The staff was delightful. Very friendly and welcoming.
No trip to Ocean City would be complete without a trip to Serendipity Quilt Shop I Love this shop. They just went through a renovation adding an elevator to the shop to help folks get their machines upstairs to the classroom. We timed our visit just right as they had just reopened. This is also a delightful store and it was obvious that folks were happy to have them reopen as we were there when they opened and before we left there must have been 15-20 other ladies in the shop.
Well, That was a little about our shopping, now back to the sewing. I was able to get the background together for my Unchained Love Quilt.
Here is a pic of the quilt now that I have added the chain.
Half the fun of going on a sewing retreat is to check out what everyone else is doing. My friend MaryGin from Quilting that's my Jam. Mary Gin had just taken a class the day before the retreat with Gyleen Fitzgerald and was working on a pineapple quilt. She had all kinds of fruit fabric and was using them as her center squares for the blocks. Here are some of the blocks she has made.
She was also working on a tone on tone quilt that she completed the top(minus the borders) while on the retreat.
By far the best part of the retreat, for me, was visiting with my friend, gabbing and sewing and generally just having fun. In case you were wondering, we did get to the beach one day (the day we left). We walked along the beach and watched the sun rise.
Enjoy your week and Happy Sewing!