the first patricia retreat
By Patricia Belyea
UNION WA Earlier this month, ten adventuresome quilters ventured to Harmony Hill Retreat Center for an immersive Inserted Curves experience. Just as everyone enjoyed the Sunday night Welcome Dinner, a magical flurry of snow covered the farm-style campus.
Monday and Tuesday were spent inserting curved design elements into 21″ nine-patches. These central pieced units were then double-bordered to make 35″ square quilt tops. Many of the participants chose to use Workshop Kits from Okan Arts that provided five indigo over-dyed yukata cottons and two solids.
Take a look at the people and projects:
In the last two days of the Retreat, the students moved to a larger-sized project and the challenge of creating an overall quilt composition.
The Retreat ended with a family-style breakfast on Friday morning. The Storm of the Century, predicted to arrive by mid-day, encouraged a few to leave early to beat the promised blizzards. I drove back to my home in Seattle, arriving just as the first snowflake fluttered down.
INSERTED CURVES WORKSHOP
If learning about my Inserted Curves technique sounds appealing, please join me for a Week-Long Workshop this coming September. We will be gathering in the historic town of La Conner, just north of Seattle, for a fun and creative experience. The workshop is open to beginning and advanced quilters. For more info, please +click here
INSERTED CURVES SERIES
The following photo shows my latest Inserted Curves project. Titled Paradise Found, the quilt top measures 60″ X 72″. Number 12 in a series of 21 quilts, it’s the first time I’ve used patterned fabric in my Inserted Curves. To see more of this series, +click here for the first nine, and +click here for the next two.