Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quilt Camp!


This weekend I went off to Quilt Camp!!


I've written about quilt camp before here at this post, so today I'll tell you about the game we play after dinner on Saturday night,  maybe you can play it at your next Guild meeting or Quilty Get together.

It's called a Chinese Auction..and is always a highlight of the weekend, lots of fun and frivolity. This is how it's played -

With our Quilt Camp registration we are told to bring a fat quarter in a particular theme, eg Pretty, 1930's, Spotty,  this time the theme was "Funky". 


We wrap them in brown paper bags to make them anonymous and they all get placed in The Big Bag.

To start everyone has to pull a number randomly from a hat.

Once everyone has a number the fun begins. Person number 1 gets to pick a fat quarter from The Big Bag, they open it up and wave it around showing everyone in the room. 

Then it's Person number 2's turn to choose a fat quarter from The Big Bag, open it and show everyone... but lucky them, they get to choose to either keep their fat quarter OR swap it with number 1's . 

and so on with all the following numbers choosing between their fat quarters or any of the ones displayed. 


 Continue all around the room until you get back to Person number one who gets to choose from all of the fat quarters!
 It's an hilarious game to play. There's the suspense as the person having their turn strolls around the circle deciding which fat quarter they want. People either love their fat quarter and try to talk people out of wanting it or try to tempt the current player to swap with them. Seeing people's interpretation of the fabric theme is fun too, especially in our group where we have quilters who tastes range from love Repro, Kaffe, Japanese, Modern, Civil war. There are can be prizes for whoever brings the most popular fat quarter.  


This was the fat quarter we voted the most "Funky".



It's not all games, a lot of serious sewing is achieved at these camps. It's wonderful to walk around and see what everyone is working on, so many beautiful projects. I did get some sewing done on my Sis Boom hexis, not a lot because hand sewing is a bit slower and I do tend to stop and chat, but that's the best part of sewing with others isn't it. I really love my sewing buddies, I'm lucky to have met the most wonderful, funny, lovely, inspiring group of women, we really have a great time together!!




A few more quilt camps and I just might get this quilt finished :)



22 comments:

Karen 'n Chris said...

It is good when friends get together and frivolity ensues. It really sounds like it was lots of fun.
Your big hexies are looking totally awesome. I will just have to hang around for a while longer to see the finished result.

Patchwork and Play said...

The Sis Boom hexie is looking funky! What fabric did you end up with? Your pink piece is fabulous!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, so much fun, you can never go wrong with a weekend full of quilty buddies (says she, hopefully, with FQR next weekend ;o) )

Karen said...

Sounds like a pretty good weekend to me. You can't really go wrong with so many like minded people! Love the game!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Fun Fun Fun!!! A great weekend Rachael with quilting buddies...Maybe Hubby is cooking a wonderful meal for you to finish it all off!!! Love that game, what a great idea xo

Stacey said...

Love those hexies! Luv a good quilt retreat...you do get so much done:)

Suzee said...

Sounds like a great and fun time!!
That game would be fun to play.
I love your hexi project!

Sooli said...

What a great game to play with fat quarters! Great way to get everybody talking I would say!

Mary said...

Games and Camp! Sounds like fun!

regan said...

Your hexies are looking so good! And I'm so glad you have such a great group to sew with! It makes all the difference, doesn't it!?! And what fun with the Chinese Auction..... we've had that at Xmas parties, too.....always a hoot! Is that pink fabric the one you brought, or what you ended up with? I really like it!

Melissa P said...

Oh those Sis Boom Hexies!! They make me smile. I'm glad you got a sewing weekend filled with fun and chatter and even some sewing.

Sasha said...

Your hexies look so pretty!!!! It looks like everyone had a great time at camp!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

We play that same game at our getaways and it is always a hit. I love your hexies the are looking good!

Alice Wilson said...

I want to go to a quilt camp! that game sounds great... but what if you fall in love with the fabric you bring? What then??
alice
www.pinwheelblog.blogspot.com

Nifty Quilts said...

Your hexie project is stunning. Definitely worth the time. Fun game idea!

Allie said...

That sounds like a fun game - love the funky fabrics! Your quilt is just stunning, I love it so much!

Mandalin said...

ahhhhhhh Quilt Camp, what fun memories I have of last year. I wish I had been there, but I also wish you were with me for this weekends FQ retreat too! x mandy

Barb said...

Don't you love going away with quilt friends and doing fun things? That is my favorite kind of game. I think we call it "yankee swap" but by any name it's fun.!
I love the funky fabric idea.
Your hexie project is looking beautiful. You have such a gift for mixing fabrics
xo

Karen said...

Sounds FANTASTIC! I spent the weekend being nurse (again). I know what I would prefer. Love the game. It sounds like heaps of fun. Your hexies are looking gorgeous. It will be a fab quilt. Do you know how you will lay them out?

Janet said...

What a great game to play, the more the merrier I'm guessing. I love, love your hexies!

Kathie said...

oh I see some beautiful fabrics in the hexes
glad you had a great time at quilt camp bet you came home inspired!
kathie

Sew Pretty Dresses said...

Quilt Camp sounds so fun! Wow those hexi's are gorgeous!

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