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.