Sunday, 13 April 2014

Legacy Quilting Retreat

Yesterday I went with four friends to the Legacy Quilting Retreat which is organised by the lovely Charlene Cruise.   

It is held just outside Cookstown in the Desertcreat Church Hall.  The hall is fantastic with great facilities and is nestled in a lovely setting.

The day began with tea, coffee and Danish pastries.  This was then followed by Charlene showing us the quilt we were going to make.

Charlene demonstrated the first block which was a sixteen-patch.  She began with a method for making four-patches that I hadn't seen before which starts with 5" squares.  As we had all brought our fabric pre-cut from home we were able to begin sewing our blocks straight away.   I really liked the method as all my four-patches were completed at the same time.   

We then took our break for lunch which was amazing.  Charlene had organised the tables by blocks.

Table Arrangement
We were on the Washington Star table as my friend Mary is from Washington State.  Everyone had a gift bag waiting for them with some lovey surprises inside.  We had an amazing choice of Chicken Curry, Somerset Pork, Battered Whiting and chips, rice and salad.  I think everyone went for seconds.  We then had tea or coffee and little chocolate eggs.

Charlene then gave another demonstration this time of the X block.  We also discussed quilt labels and sleeves for hanging quilts.  She then showed us another quilt which was made with the same blocks which were just bigger and placed differently to make this lovely Americana style quilt. 

Everyone then sewed until 4 o'clock when we all received a little label with a quilting saying printed on it as a keepsake.  Tea, coffee and shortbread were then served as everyone discussed how much they had enjoyed the day.    

I will definitely be going to another Legacy Quilting Retreat and would highly recommend it to everyone.  I had a wonderful relaxing day spent with my friends and other quilters.  Charlene is very warm and welcoming which created a lovely atmosphere for the whole day.  We all learned some new things  and hopefully when we get our quilts finished I'll post them on the blog.
Bye for now.


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