Julianne's Bee Retreat Projects, 2017

15 February, 2017

My bee, the Piecemeal Quilters, enjoyed our 14th annual bee retreat last weekend.  For the fifth year in a row, we stayed at the Ponderosa Quilt Retreat in Waynesville, NC.  It's owned by Kim Polson, the shop's Moda Fabrics representative, and is filled with tools, rulers, ironing boards and irons, cutting stations, and individual work stations. Kim makes it very easy to grab your machine and a handful of projects and hit the road!

Most years, the members of my bee choose a challenge, where we hope to stretch our creativity or skill set. This year's challenge was to create something that had to do with each person's "number" in the bee.  While we have had a total of 11 members over the years, three have moved on, so we are "full" with 8.  Here are the projects and a bit about their meaning:

#1:  Sandy Fitzpatrick

Sandy started our bee, so she got number 1.  Appropriately, she created a queen bee quilt!  All of the members' names are stitched into the quilting. 



#2: Carol Franks

Caro, created a two-sided quilt full of twos!  The back side of her quilt is made of little UFO blocks from another project.



#3: Kelly Hutchens

Kelly's work in progress contains lots of three sided blocks, many with three pieces. Blues are not usual for her, and she is working to tell a story about her place in the bee through color.


#4: Ann Young

Ann's work in progress has lots of "four" symbolism.  In the background fabric, Ann has highlighted our area quilt shops.


#5: Julianne Walther

Julianne worked with an offset pentagon shape.  After creating about 60 English Paper Pieced shapes, she improvised and experimented with them until she created a bowl shape.


#6: Lori Rice

Lori used English Paper Pieced hexagons to tell a story about each bee member.  This work in progress is nearly done!


#7: Shirley Hendrix

Shirley created a small quilt full of sevens!


#8: Tina Schwager

Tina created flying geese to represent each bee member in their favorite colors.


We had a fantastic time (though we missed Tina this year), and we are already looking forward to our 2018 bee retreat next February!

To see some of our previous challenges, click here!

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