Thursday, April 13, 2023

GE Virtual 💻 Retreat

I took a riverboat cruise up the Mississippi River, from New Orleans to Memphis to Minneapolis!!! Virtually, that is! A riverboat cruise was the theme of Gudrun @ GE Designs virtual quilt retreat this year!!!!
I was onboard session 1, which started at 9 am on Friday, March 24th and continued through 8 pm on Sunday, March 26th! These are the three quilts we worked on!⤴️
The retreat excitement started a couple weeks beforehand with the arrival of the retreat goody box!!! Everyone had a choice between 10 different fabric lines! I chose "Random Thoughts" by Marcia Derse. ⤵️ The retreat box is included in the price of the retreat. We each got 15 half yard cuts of our fabric line, 3 yards of background fabric, 2 one yard cuts and a 1/3 yard cut.
Plus, all kinds of goodies and surprises: a retreat booklet, candle, amazing snacks, a GE gift of two half yard cuts, a spool of Aurifil thread, and so much more!!!⤵️
We didn't finish the quilt tops during the retreat, but we got a good ways. Gudrun's teaching videos are in our account so we can rewatch any time! Now, here are the details of my three retreat quilts:

Quilt Info #1:
Pattern: Nikki from Gudrun Erla of GE Designs
Fabrics: Random Thoughts by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics
Size: 51" x 68"
Batting: Quilters Dream 100% Cotton
Thread: top=Fantastico Sterling Silver variegated; bottom=Glide--cream
Pantograph: Devon ⤵️ from Sew Shabby Quilting
I love this huge figure 8 quilting called "Devon"!!!⤴️⤵️
Interesting Info: Gudrun even gave us a pattern for cutting 3 yards into a backing that would fit each quilt, plus she gave us printed labels to sew into the back!!!⤵️
Quilt Info #2
Pattern: Ariel from Gudrun Erla of GE Designs
Fabrics: Random Thoughts by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics
Size: 57" x 76"
Batting: Quilters Dream 100% Cotton
Thread: top=Fantastico Sterling Silver variegated; bottom=Glide--cream
Pantograph: Don Quixote ⤵️ from My Creative Stitches
Interesting Info: I flipped 4 of my blocks so my quilt is a little different from the original design.
I'm just showing a corner of the back, as Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation has a book coming out in June--Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs, and I followed one of the designs in her book. I'll post a photo of the entire back when her book is released in June!⤵️
Quilt Info #3
Pattern: Back Home from Gudrun Erla of GE Designs
Fabrics: Random Thoughts by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics
Size: 27" x 27"
Batting: Quilters Dream 100% Cotton
Thread: top=Fantastico Sterling Silver variegated; bottom=Glide--cream
Pantograph: Peacock Feathers ⤵️ from Urban Elementz
Interesting Info: I used one of the two GE gift half yard cuts on the back of this quilt, the fabric on the left in the photo below!!!⤵️
Gudrun had a brilliant method for making flying geese using the Stripology ruler. She is making a resource book that will have info on this method, plus other Stripology ruler tricks!
It was a super fun virtual retreat, held on zoom, with quilt lessons, daily bingo and yoga, and questions and answers from Gudrun! Gudrun plans on holding a virtual retreat every year in March. Watch for news about next year's retreat around the end of December. I highly recommend it!!!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

20 comments:

  1. Your quilts are beautiful! Sounds like a great time!

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  2. Nancy they all turned out beautiful! Love that figure 8 quilting.

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  3. Your quilts are fabulous! I can tell you had a blast!

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  4. Oh how fun, Nancy and what sweet goodies you got for your virtual retreat. Your quilts are gorgeous!!

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  5. So glad you could get away on the cruise!!! Sounds like you really enjoyed it and have wonderful quilts all done to boot!

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  6. What a fun concept!! I love that idea of a virtual riverboat cruise! Sounds like you had a blast and got some great goodies. Your quilts look great!

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  7. Those are beautiful quilts, Nancy! I really love the Marcia Derse fabric and the different ways you used it. I'm making a quilt back from Kelly's book for the blog hop, too - that reminds me to get back to work on it!

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  8. What cool looking quilts! I really like the colors and designs (and quilting!).

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  9. You definitely enjoy hanging out with Gudrun, and the cruise sounds like fun. That goodie box with Marcia Derse fabric - wowza! Your quilts are all just great with all that lovely color and quilting!

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  10. It was a fun virtual quilt retreat with you and Sue. Your quilts turned out great! Looking forward to doing this again with you next year!

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  11. You had me at Marcia Derse fabrics…so yummy. I love all the box goodies, too. You are treated well on this stay at home retreat. I love the way Vicki turned out and that Devon panto just is perfect on it. The back came with it? It is perfect. I love DonQuixote on the Arial pattern too. Back home is so much fun too, and I love that Peacock Feathers pantograph. I am curious about the FG method she uses. I will have to watch for it or get that pattern!

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  12. That was a virtual retreat worth taking. I am in awe of all Gudrun provided and you managed to complete. Sounds like a fun time.

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  13. Oh, it looks like a fun virtual retreat, and yous 3 quilts are gorgeous! Beautiful patterns, the fabrics are wonderful, and I love your quilting too especially Devon ;)
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts, and linking up!

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  14. What a fabulous retreat! Beautiful quilting patterns and I loved the Marcia Derse fabrics!--TerryK@OnGoingProjects

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  15. Sounds like you had a super great cruise!!! it sounds like a fun way to stitch! what amazing quilts!!!

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  16. What a clever & fun way to hold a retreat! Your quilts are all delightful.

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  17. Lovely quilts. Thanks for sharing them in my Sew & Tell party!

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  18. All of those look so pretty and fun! The virtual retreat sounds like a wonderful thing.

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  19. What a fun way to do a retreat. Love the goodies box.
    All the quilts look great. I can see why you enjoy participating!!!

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  20. Well, at first I was looking forward to seeing photos of your riverboat cruise...!!! Sounds like it would have been a fun one! But all your other photos are gorgeous, so I'm not too disappointed, lol! What a lot of lovely goodies you got in that box! And so many pretty projects! I hope you had a great week and thanks for joining in on Monday This and That! xx

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