Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Going Crazy at Fall Retreat 2013!

It was crazy!  Crazy fun!  It all began with traveling in Alaska ...

... ferry complications prevented Marguerita McManus from arriving in time for the events Friday evening!  It was really touch and go until late that evening whether or not she would make it for Saturday's events!  We Alaskans are used to this ... if anything we are flexible!
 But when we arrived Saturday morning ... Marguerita was there to greet us!
As she shared her quilt journey and many beautiful samples, our excitement grew!
Under Marguerita's instructions ...
... we immediately got busy ...
... getting crazy with our 10 inch squares!
A lot of progress was made!

By the end of Day 1, nearly everyone had finished piecing their crazy blocks!  It was fun turning "Layer Cakes" into 20 crazy blocks!
On Sunday, we began the process of quilting our blocks.  Marguerita is famous for her "quilt-as-you-go" techniques.  She is a "Quilt Rock Star"!  Many of our members got to use and explore new stitches!  What fun!

After the blocks were quilted and trimmed, members began exploring different layout options!  It really was such fun!
Marguerita's demonstrations were very effective.  She was great at breaking things down into manageable steps and her instructions were clear.  All characteristics of a great instructor!
There were 15 members in the class, and she gave everyone the personal attention they needed!  Wonderful!

 Blocks were turned into rows!
Rows were pieced together!
 Several members got their quilt pieced together ...
... and a few even got as far as applying binding!
Marguerita was such a joy to have as our Fall Retreat Instructor!  We were so inspired by her talent, that there will be a separate blogpost highlighting her later this week!
A HUGE thank you to Guild President Sara!  She made all the many arrangements for this weekend!  Single-handedly ... without a committee!  This woman knows how to make great things happen!

Thank you President Sara!  
We all grew as quilters because of your efforts!


  1. Thank you so much!!! I miss everyone so much, I felt so at home there. I loved the variety of fabrics, cuts and stitching that everyone did. Just being able to watch everyone sharing their projects and progress was exciting and energizing! I am looking forward to coming back to Cordova next summer and staying MUCH longer :)

  2. I love this crazy, fun project! You gals have so much fun up there in Alaska! I have some layer cakes that would work well for this type of quilt. Is there a book on Marguerita's technique or one that has a pattern? I agree; your guild president is awesome.


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