Quilting at Craft Retreat 2012

half square triangle quilt

Last weekend I had a fabulous time teaching a patchwork and quilting class out at Creative Craft Retreat. I’ve been talking about this retreat off and on now all year as I planned my class quilt and then when I finished my Christmas Triangles Quilt. My class basically created a half square triangle quilt out of two packs of charm squares (5″ squares). As I expected it was a fairly easy quilt to piece, but still gave them heaps of scope for very different quilts.

 half square triangles quilt

Ms L had done a fair bit of planning for her quilt before she arrived. She had a really good idea of what she wanted it to look like and had carefully created charm squares (5″ squares) from a layer cake (10″ squares)  in colours that she loves! By arranging them in lights and colours with some pops of really light and chocolate brown she created this gorgeous design.

half square triangles quilt

Ms V also created charm squares from other fabric, in this case some plain hot pink fat quarters. All of her half square triangles are half hot pink and half patterned fabric from a Moda charm square pack. The pops of yellow in the corners were to make up for the squares we were short of. Just goes to show how you can create a quilt with the fabrics you have available if you give it a go.

half square triangles quilt

Ms C made a quilt for her soon-to-be-born grandchild. She started with quite a mix of cute pink fabrics and I imagined something quite random. But after half an hour of shifting her triangles around and creating some extras in particular combinations, this very clever design emerged. I love that this “baby quilt” will also be perfect for a toddler and beyond.

half square triangles quilt back

Here’s a glimpse of the back where you can see one of her favourite fabrics from the front and the geometric quilting.

half square triangles quilt

Ms J used two charm packs of the same fabric called Central Park by Kate Spade. It is a fabulous mix of colours and really looks beautiful in this random but organised quilt top. The photo shows the squares laid out ready to join but she did get further along than that – I just somehow didn’t get to take a picture again towards the end of the weekend!

These are just four of the creations that came from Craft Retreat this year. There were 4 other classes running plus a bunch of ladies who brought their own projects to work on. I’ll share some more later in the week.

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  1. Stacey-Lee says

    I like them all! I see why quilting can take a while – organising and reorganising the squares until a pattern is formed that you like. Such beautiful handiwork. Hope your craft retreat was relaxing and refreshing x

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