Our BYOF (bring your own fabric) mini quilt retreat: hop + giveaway!

Make It, Take ItHere are a few great things about quilt retreats:

  1. They’re away from home, chores, kids, and responsibilities.
  2. Retreats are all about hanging out with sewing buddies and developing friendships.
  3. But they’re also about getting projects completed.
  4. Retreats are a great time to relax, unplug, and unwind—sometimes with a little wine and chitchat.
  5. After the retreat is over, you can return to daily life refreshed, rejuvenated, and with your work-in-progress pile a little bit lighter.

Quilt-retreat ideas

That’s the spirit behind Krista Hennebury’s NEW book, Make It, Take It. The book is full of fun stories from contributors, as well as clever ideas for quilt-retreat projects to inspire friendship and community.

Projects from Make It Take It

Prior to Krista’s book-release date, we were itching to hold our own retreat. So we took a break from our desks and got together to sew the “Rainbow ‘Round the Cabin” quilt in Make It, Take It. For this round-robin style project, everyone brings a couple yards of their own fabric in a predetermined colorway, plus a 12″ center block. The center block can be whatever you choose: a pieced or appliquéd block, or simply a square of favorite fabric—whatever makes your quilty heart happy!

We had a dozen eager participants, so we split up into two groups. One group chose brights and the other neutrals. Check out some of the photos from our in-office quilt retreat:

Virginia sewing, Linda cutting
Virginia adds a row to someone else’s quilt top, and Linda squares up a quilt top. There was plenty of time to swap stories and laughter in the line for the iron and the rotary cutter!

Virginia, Sarah, and Durby sewing
Virginia, Sarah, and Durby busy adding rounds.

Cathy, Karen, and Mary sewing
Cathy, Karen J., and Mary help each other determine in what order the rounds should be added.

In just two hours we had 12 quilt tops finished. Unbelievable!

Of course, we had to take group photos of our two round robin teams and their finished quilts! We confess, it got a little silly:

Bright Make It, Take It quilts
The bright group, clockwise from top left: Beth, Linda, Cornelia, Kara, Mary, and Karen B.


Neutral Make It, Take It quilts
The neutral group, clockwise from top left: Karen J., Cathy, Virginia, Durby, Sheila, and Sarah.

See the original “Rainbow ‘Round the Cabin” quilt in the gallery.

Wanna see more fun projects for your next quilting getaway? For even more great quilt-retreat ideas and projects to make before AND during your retreat, look for Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury at your favorite local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com. Don’t miss the other stops on the Make It, Take It Blog Tour:

Friday, April 3 blog-hop kickoff: Krista at Poppyprint
Monday, April 6: Berene at Happy Sew Lucky and Amy at During Quiet Time
Tuesday, April 7: Leanne at She Can Quilt and Felicity at Felicity Quilts
Wednesday, April 8: Martingale Inc. at Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Thursday, April 9: Krista at Spotted Stones and Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
Friday, April 10: Lynne at Lily’s Quilts and Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
Saturday, April 11: Ayumi at Pink Penguin and Krista at Poppyprint
Sunday, April 12: Kristie at OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder and Christina at Sometimes Crafter


What’s your best quilt retreat story? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Make It, Take It. We’ll pick a random winner one week from today and contact the winner by email. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Nancy, who says:

“My best quilt story is about a quilt I made for someone who had no idea she would receive it. She was overwhelmed and her reaction made every part of quilting for me worth it!”

Nancy, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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