Our 2nd quilting retreat at Murlough House, Co.Down was at the weekend, and just like our first retreat last October, it didn’t disappoint!
There were 18 of us, sewing, laughing, eating, playing and having some much needed chill out time!
And like last time, the sun shone which meant the fitter few got to enjoy some scenic walks down to the beach!
Our swap/ice-breaker project was the humble mug-rug. Nothing humble about these beauties!
The workshops this time around were Foundation Pieced Spools on Saturday (later turned into cute wallhangings) and some relaxing hand sewing on Sunday making brooches.
Last year our charity quilt block drive involved lots and lots of scrappy 2.5″ squares, all sewn together to make a postage stamp quilt for Siblings Together. Here is the recently finished quilt, made by 23 people!
Inspired by our efforts, a small group of ladies from retreat organised themselves to make more postage stamp blocks and brought their finished quilt at the weekend to show us.
Isn’t it fabulous! So that’s 2 quilts ready to be posted to Siblings Together.
Our charity quilt block drive this year was all about half square triangles.
The ladies each brought 5 colourful squares and 5 low volume squares with them to retreat, we mixed them up and then gave them back pairs of squares to sew, chop, press and rejoin into blocks of 9 half square triangles.
And just look what 18 people achieved!
And when this quilt is pieced, quilted and bound, that will be another one off to Siblings Together!
And there were many other quilts in the making too this weekend. Here are just a few!
Phew! What a wonderfully creative time we had!
A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Murlough House, and of course to this crazy lot for making it a very special quilting retreat!