I know I’m a little late posting for FNWF, but I was just too tired yesterday to function. I sewed all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday. Saturday night I couldn’t fall asleep (too much quilty stuff in my brain?), so I was miserable on Sunday.
Why does everything take so much longer than planned? Does it have anything with being surrounded by about 80 quilty women and their projects? Thursday’s goal was to finally make this quilt.
This very small quilt has been to at least three retreats, and because of various problems, was always put back in the box. The pieces were cut out, and one star had been made previously. I hope to get it quilted today. The binding is made and ready to be applied. I purchased this as a kit about three years ago, and I gave away the pattern when I was finished on Thursday, so I can’t give you any information other than the name, which was Scrap Stars.
Friday’s project involved snowmen. Our Guild is having a UFO challenge, and this is the quilt that I said I would quilt and bind before the December meeting. The only problem was, I forgot that I hadn’t put it together yet!
I spent the entire day on Friday cutting and sewing the sashing and borders. This was done as a BOM last year, and I had kept up with the individual blocks, which are made from beautiful wools on cotton. I’ve seen several others out in blog land. This is a Primitive Gatherings pattern.
Birch trees were the theme for most of the day Saturday, and on Sunday morning. I don’t have a picture yet, because I still have to finish the final border. I’d like to have the borders completed before our Guild meeting tomorrow night.
I didn’t take many pictures of others’ projects, but I do have to share this. The strips for this had been cut, but this was entirely strip pieced and put together in two days!!!! No, that is not a typo. TWO DAYS. I’m sure it would have taken me at least two months.
Retreats encourage me. Inspire me. Feed my soul as well as my body. My dh doesn’t really understand why I want to pack up all my stuff and go away to sit and sew all day. Can’t I just do that at home? NO. It’s all about being in a room with like-minded women who speak my language. Other quilters are always quick to lend a hand, offer some advice, share a scrap, and inspire. If you’ve never been to a quilt retreat, I urge you to try one. I’m planning a Girls’ Day out next week with three new friends.
And speaking of friends, here are two who pretend not to like each other. What do you think?
Happy stitching! Sunny