Instead of Girls Gone Wild, that is what I am calling my annual quilt retreat to Shipshewana with my girlfriends.  It is an annual trip that we make the first weekend of every February.  It is a fun filled trip with lots of sewing, shopping and eating!!!  Emphasis on the eating. πŸ™‚  It is an event I look forward to all year.  I can just sit and sew.  No pressures to get a gazillion things done.  Even though I love the time, by the end of the retreat, I miss my family so bad…I can’t wait to get home! LOL!

Thelma mentioned blogging about things with red in honor of Valentine’s Day this week.  I think that sounds like a fun idea and this post coincided nicely with that theme.  This year to commemorate my annual girlfriend retreat, I decided to make everyone a darling little quilt as a memento of our trip.

Yes, I am still obsessed πŸ™‚ inspired to make mini quilts!! 

A mix of cheddar and light reproduction thimbles or tumblers with a gorgeous red border…YUMMY!!!  The red border is one of my most coveted red fabric in my stash.  It is from Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings.  This quilt finishes at about 11×14″.  I made 4 of these little beauties.

Normally our girls’ retreat consists of myself and my friends Kathy and Patti.  This year I invited a dear friend, Ms. LB to be our Fourth.  She arrived a day late due to a big snow storm that hit the mid-west that week.  Only a quilter would set out at night and arrive at 3 AM for a retreat!!  LOL!! 

I quilted all 4 quilts on the same backing.  I became my own little assembly line.  The first quilt all the way to the left was mine.  That was like the “test” quilt.   I figured if the first one looked good, they all would!  You know I had to put some feathers on them! πŸ™‚

After I quilted mine, I preceded down the line.

I think they turned out super cute!! 

I only wish I would have taken a pic of all 4 quilts together or how about all of us girls together with them.  Well, it was a pajama ALL weekend kind of a retreat, so I don’t think any of us really wanted are pic taken! πŸ™‚ I think the girls really loved their little quilts!  And we all really enjoyed our time together.


  • piecrust says:

    I bet you gals were hysterical and gots lots of sewing done. Lots of fabric and thread (among other things) consumed.

  • Sydney says:

    They are such sweet little quilts! Can you adopt me…so I can have one ,too??

  • Sydney says: Almost forgot!

  • Sydney says:

    The little quilts are so adorable!! Love them!

  • Sydney says:
    The little quilts are so-o adorable!

  • moosecraft says:

    Mmmmmm…. make me one too? πŸ˜‰

  • Linda says:

    What fun!! The little quilts are wonderful…I bet they were enjoyed by all!! Have a great week!!

  • Yvette says:

    Who wouldn't love that mini? It is super cute!

  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    That is just beautiful!!!! I love them. I am going to be trying this new mini quilt series starting March 1st so I am hoping it will give me some "custom" free motion quilting practice that I really want to get. Thanks for such great inspiration and some day I want to get down that way. I have always wanted to go to Shipshewana!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow those feathers made it pop! Just love those
    little quilts. Adopt me too!
    Tonya in Racine, WI

  • Donna says:

    How cute and the feathers are gorgeous on the little quilts! I know you had a wonderful time at the retreat!

  • Gayle says:

    What a nice friend you are to make one for each person – the quilting is fabulous!

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    Wow! You are fun to go on retreat with! How nice of you to make a gorgeous mini for each of the girls! Love the red border with the cheddar… and the quilting!?!?!? Just awesome!

  • Patti says:

    Everyone is right. They ARE super cute, we LOVED them, she is a VERY nice person for making them and we had a great time. This is one weekend we always look forward to. The shopping, the food, our fabulous B & B, friendship and of course, the sewing. Lots and lots of sewing. Thank you again dear friend for my awesome mini.

  • antique quilter says:

    nothing better then making little tumbler quilts ! adorable .
    love the quilting you did on the border amazing.

  • Phyllis says:

    You did a wonderful job as usual and I love your color choices. The quilts are both adorable and beautiful. Quilt retreats are the best! And what a wonderful way to remember this one by!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Quilter's are like the postal workers — they have the same creed. :o) Your little tumblers are perfections, especially with the feathers.

  • Sue says:

    Beautiful little quilts, Linda! And your quilting is always such a pleasure to admire πŸ™‚

    What a nice thing for you to do for your sewing buddies!

  • Lori says:

    Sounds like fun! Cute little mini quilts too! I'm sure everyone LOVED theirs!

  • Dar says:

    Your little quilts are so cute. The quilting is spectacular!! Wish I could make feathers like that. You make it seem so easy. One day I want to grow up to be a good quilter like you. Did it take you long to learn those?

  • Brandie says:

    Super Cute!

  • Candace says:

    How much fun that LB got to join you this year! The little quilts are adorable and how nice that you made one for everyone, Linda! Now I want to go, too (wink)

  • Joan says:

    Well done Linda – such gorgeous quilts…No wonder the red fabric is so precious…it really makes those quilts. Such lucky recipients.

  • Cathy says:

    How sweet. You did such a great job as always. Hugs

  • Mama Pea says:

    Oh, that's so awesome. I love it! You can make me one anytime! LOL. I hope you had a great time!