Hello Everyone,

This past Sunday I arrived home from my annual quilting retreat with my friends and I wanted to share with you some of what I and my friends accomplished while there. This will be a 2 part post. So here come the pictures...

First we had a challenge to do for this year. We all had to use the mottled batik in the border of this SECOND quilt and had to incorporate it with up to 6 more fabrics. The project could be no bigger than 45 X 45 and no smaller than 25 X 25. Here are our interpretations...

Erica pieced this beauty.

Maria paper pieced this beauty.

I paper pieced this beauty.

Joan piece and appliqued this beauty.

Julie pieced this beauty.

Diane free form pieced this beauty.

Isn't it just amazing how they all came out so different from just using one focus fabric?? Next year's challenge is simple. We are to make a black and white project, but may only add one color. If any of you in cyber land would like to join in I would love to see what you make and you have a whole year to do it!! Just e-mail me your pictures and indicate in your comment that you will be participating.

Now onto the projects that I finished while at our retreat. My goal was to bring projects that I had already started. I had to complete the tops and the backings so that they would be ready to go onto my long arm when I arrived home.  So here is what I accomplished...

My Mary Englebreit top and backing.

Some of you will remember my mystery quilt. It is now done and the backing is as well!! Yay!

This one is my Ramblin Rose BOM that I taught at Gone Quilting when it was still open. It is for our bed and my hubby really likes this one. He is excited to get a new quilt on our bed.

This one is from the Laurie Shifrin class Mango Tango that I took not too long ago. Gee looks like next years challenge is already complete... LOL... not!

This is an oldie but a goodie. I had started this pineapple quilt about 7 -8 years ago. I had all the pineapple blocks done and sewn together, but no borders. So I brought it with me and everyone helped me to plan the border and get it done with the backing complete!!

So I finished all the projects that I set out to complete and started a new one. This one is a strata quilt and I absolutely love it!! I have exactly half of the quilt complete.  These are truly my colors. I just love the bright fuchsia, yellow, and purple. This is from a pattern called Fabulous by 4th and 6th Designs. They also have a book out called Strata Various. Great book!

Let's see how long to finish this one.

One last note, you can see some more beautiful eye candy here. I just posted some new customer quilts and they can be seen on my website in the gallery or on any page under Recent Additions. Also, my November Newsletter is online and there are some interesting things you may be interested in. So what are you waiting for.... go check it out here.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

Jackie Kunkel
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Jackie Kunkel

I am a quilter, online quilt shop owner, Nationally Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor and Certified Shop, designer, author, podcaster, mother, and wife. I have been quilting since 1993 years and in business since August, 2000. I love networking and having fun doing anything quilty! Learn More…

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