Peaks 8 Recap – Into the Birches with Improv

Opening Day at Peaks

Opening Day at Peaks

 

Could you ever get tired of seeing this view? I don’t think so either but as I still have a day job down in Geneva, I’ll have to be happy with getting a little holiday break a couple of times a year. Might as well get yourself a tall latté because this post has oodles of pictures. 🙂

Patchwork in the Peaks 8 did not disappoint! Our format is pretty predictable, which is a good thing. There were a few hiccups for our travelers via train so they arrived a couple of hours later than expected but all in good form. This is why Thursday is a relax day so that we have some wiggle room and no one feels like they’re missing anything.

Show & Tell was punctuated by many ooooh’s & ahhhh’s. What beauties everyone brought! Every time I find another project that someone has done that I feel I MUST add to my own lengthy list of want-to-do’s.

Clare's Halloween Bargello

Clare’s Halloween Bargello

 

Clare's Halloween Dresden table topper

Clare’s Halloween Dresden table topper

 

Clare's 3 Dudes pattern in red

Clare’s 3 Dudes pattern in red

 

Helen's Pink Economy blocks

Helen’s Pretty in Pink Economy blocks

 

Juliet's Chicken quilt

Juliet’s Chicken quilt

One of Lee's sweet bags

One of Lee’s sweet bags

Francine's Improv Wonky Stars

Francine’s Improv Wonky Stars

Francine's friendship stars

Francine’s friendship stars

Paula's first quilt

Paula’s first quilt – her style has changed so much!

Paula & a bit of EPP

Paula & a bit of EPP

Suze with a swap quilt

Suze with a swap quilt

Carolina & her hexies

Carolina & her hexies

Lynne’s perfect points

The back of Perfect Points

The back of Perfect Points

Lynne's EPP

Lynne’s EPP

Faith's Uni Quilt

Elita’s  Uni Quilt for DD

As I do every October, I hand over the reins to our guest blogger. This time it was the very capable Francine Taylor of mochawildchild.blogspot fame. She is very good at making the Improv techniques sound so much less scary and it was a delight to have her leading us.

Francine's Improv Peaks Birches

Francine’s Improv Peaks Birches

Francine's Improv Peaks Birches Version 2

Francine’s Improv Peaks Birches Version 2

Frannie teaching

Francine gearing us up for Improv

Explaining more detail of construction

Explaining more detail of construction

Aaaa-ha moment of Improv

The A-ha moment of Improv

Juliet's first slice of Improv

Juliet’s first slice of Improv

Juliet's birches with the sun

Juliet’s birches with the sun

Francine helping Lee

Francine helping Lee

Every day was beautiful enough to have lunch eaten outside on the terrace and it brightened the whole sewing room all day. The sunshine was quite tempting and ladies could often be found using the table outside.

Carolina working outside

Carolina working outside

Enjoying a bit of sunshine

Enjoying a bit of sunshine

Jackies birches coming together

Jackie’s birches coming together

Paulas Birches a Minion

Paula’s Birches & a Minion

The format was changed slightly as Saturday night coincided with the England v. Wales rugby match on so we adjusted and had the Fat Quarter Dice Swap on Friday and the Stash Attack project on Sunday morning. Dice Swap, as always, had some pretty serious contenders.

On the Left Side, Jackie, Helen Paula

On the Left Side, Jackie, Helen Paula

And to the Right, Clare, Juliet Carolina

And to the Right, Carolina, Juliet & Clare!

Juliet is already happy with her chicken fabric

Juliet is already happy with her chicken fabric

Ginas Borders Bag

Gina’s Borders Bag

 

The ever faithful Quilt Fairy Gina could not join us this time as she was hosting an exchange student who was arriving on the Friday. Would have been bad form not to be there, even though we’re sure the student would have understood! 😀 Nevertheless, I was happy to lead the group in making her Borders Messenger Bag which was an exercise in being a little creative with borders while making a cool bag.

 

Elita with the bags

Showing the original piecing

Elita with the Prairie Points

Showing an alternate border effect

A Geographer & her fabric

A Geographer & her fabric

Juliet's Around the World bag

Juliet’s Around the World bag

Rebel Paula does a clutch

Rebel Paula does a clutch

That evening, there was some disappointment that England wasn’t the victor but there was plenty of sewing going on in the meantime as there were bags to finish!

Clare says birthing a bag is harder than it looks

Clare says birthing a bag is harder than it looks…

But you get there in the end!

…but you get there in the end. Well done!

Carolina’s turn

Suze's Picnic Bag

Suze’s Picnic Bag

 

We even had a bit of machine maintenance going on with some machines & other items needing a little TLC.

Maintenance

Maintenance

Because sometimes pressing pads need new covers

Because sometimes pressing pads need new covers

There were two cases of missing dust bunnies, found in machines that, on the surface, appeared to be clean.

She thought it was clean

She thought it was clean! The bobbin case was…

The injured bobbin

The injured bobbin

 

 

And the Bobbin Case incident whereby a wayward needle caused a hole & notch in a bobbin case! This was actually a blessing in disguise, says Lynne, as it forced her to do a different quilting pattern than she originally planned for her Birches. She loved the final result, of course done with the gorgeous, ever present, Aurifil.

 

Lynne's Birches

Lynne’s Birches

Close-up of Lynne's Birches

Close-up of Lynne’s Birches

My own Liberty Birches Mug Rug

My own Liberty Birches Mug Rug, with a lovely 40wt Aurifil

Back of Liberty Birches

Back of Liberty Birches

 

Phone Charging Station

Phone Charging Station

 

 

 

We had moved the Scrap Stash Attack project to Sunday morning so amidst the bags & other frenzied sewing, there was some time to create this exercise in Grown-Up Binding (aka bias binding), a fabric phone charger station:

 

 

 

A safe spot-Yay!

A safe spot-Yay!

And one from Helen

And one from Helen

 

Just in time to get in photos before lunch:

Picture time!

Picture time!

Lots of finishes

Lots of finishes

Bags & More!

Bags & More!

So many pretties!

So many pretties!

Elita & Francine

Elita & Francine

All of the Ladies

All of the Ladies

 

It’s always amazing to see what can be accomplished when someone else is making dinner. 🙂

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures of the gorgeous works of art these ladies have created over the weekend. We had loads of fun and are already looking forward to Peaks 9. Registration opens 1 December. Hope you’ll come join us!! 🙂

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Peaks 9-dates

 

REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 1!
Patchwork in the PEAKS 9 has two weekends to choose from!

 

21 – 24 April 2016

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Discuss: “Peaks 8 Recap – Into the Birches with Improv”

  1. October 13, 2015 at 10:11 pm
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    Wonderful photos! I’m so sorry that I couldn’t be there — but on the upside, I see some nicely mitred corners on some of those border bags!

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