2014 Quilt Retreat Recap:

The retreat was great fun!  It was definitely a great respite from work and the being trapped inside because of winter.  There was lots of laughter, wine, and serious sewing.  I always have such hope for getting a lot of projects done.  I still struggle with judging the time it actually takes to complete a quilt.

I started out strong on Friday.  I was at the retreat by 9 and sewing a little after 10 a.m.   I was on a mission.  However, I was easily sidetracked by the latest arrivals of our group of ladies and shopping.

The LQS does a great job with retreats.  They bring a large selection of fabric, quilt kits, and notions to the conference room.  It takes them 3 days to pack up items from the shop and a full day to set up.  You see the quilts on the wall?  Those are some of the quilt kits they brought with.

These ladies know how to put on a retreat! As you can tell, it was a full house. There are ladies that hope that they can get a spot. You have to register a year before the retreat. Crazy, but definitely worth it.

I was suckered into the 2014 Mystery Quilt.  The fabric pairings were great.  I wouldn’t have put the focal and contrast fabrics together myself.  The 2 fabrics really complemented each other.  This was my first mystery quilt; it is an experience.  You get the cutting instructions and a new step in the pattern every time you complete the task.

Five out of the 10 ladies in our group did the Mystery quilt.  Each one of us chose a different set of fabric.  I had a few issues; I tend to skim some instructions.  There was some ripping of seams, repining, and re-sewing.  My table buddy, Karen, sews very quickly.  Those that were a little slower were able to see the quilt pattern form.  That was a great help visually for me.

Here was my workspace Saturday night.



I was able to bind 3 quilts (Sew Stitchy and Hometown Stacked Coins and Joy Fire Escape) and work on my Cherry Christmas jelly roll quilt.  Blog posts coming!

I was all packed up and home by 2 on Sunday, just in time to take a nap.  Overall, the retreat was success; I came home with 3 finished quilts and worked on 2 other WIPs.

Thank you Julie for taking photos!  As you can see I was totally absorbed with fabric shopping for my Mystery Quilt on my iPad.  Didn’t even notice that she was taking pictures.

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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3 Responses to 2014 Quilt Retreat Recap:

  1. Pingback: 2014 Quilt Finish #11 – A Mystery No More | My Pieced Life: Like a quilt, life is a pieced work of art.

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