"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Sunday, March 2, 2014

OPAM and Retreat season

I’m running late – as usual.  But I have a good excuse.  It’s Retreat Season.  I’m currently at my second of three retreats in a span of four weekends.  Las weekend was a small quilt retreat at a wonderful B&B about an hour from my home.  Unfortunately, the proprietors have decided to retire (again) so this was the last gathering for our small group.  We’re hoping to find another suitable location to continue the tradition.  I did not take a single picture, because I was too busy creating quilts.  One top was completed, another just needed borders when I left, and a third was over half finished.  I’m happy to say that #2 now has its borders, and #3 has made good progress.

quilt retreat

I’m at a scrapbook retreat this weekend with my college roommate.  Since I discovered quilting, my heart is no longer in scrapbooking, but it’s a great way to spend time with my friend.  I’m working on my Alaska trip so it’s fun to reminisce about the cruise we took last fall.  I’m so ready to go again!


We are in for yet another major snow storm tonight and tomorrow.  My work computer is in my car as I’m expecting yet another snow (sew) day at home tomorrow. 

On the bright side – my Handi Quilter Sweet 16 returned home on Friday.  I can’t wait to get home and get reacquainted.  Although I’ve had her for several months, I’ve used her a grand total of twice.  And then she stopped working.  I finally had to send her back to the store where I purchased her, and they eventually had to return her to Handi Quilter to be repaired.  I have big plans for her, so she better be rested up and ready to work!


Because of retreats and WIPs this month, there are few finishes.  I did finish a Christmas gift that I can’t share, a birthday swap item that I can’t share, and I tiny little Valentines’ quilt.  I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, because I was only using from my stash, but I’m very happy with the result.


I also added the February addition to my Relaxing Robin piece.  We were to add applique.  This is going to become a baby quilt, and now that I’ve started, I have a plan in mind. The March assignment is to add triangles, and I have a really cute idea that I hope to execute.


Off to do some scrapping…and looking forward to sewing later today.




  1. It sounds like your retreats have been very successful . Glad you have your machine back home to play with . Oh please don't send that snow to us , we have enough . Stay safe and enjoy your sew day .

  2. How fun! I went to my first retreat in January and can't wait to go to another one let alone 3 in a row wow! That is such a cute little quilt, I haven't done much lately but have lots of plans. That Alaska cruise sounds like fun someday...

  3. Love your valentine quilt, well done. Sounds lots of fun at the retreats.

  4. It looks like you are having a wonderful time at these retreats. Lovely way to get together.
    Hope all is well with your machine this time!

  5. You have been working on some great projects Sunny.
    Just looked at some of your previous posts and you have had lots of snow and ice as we have had lots of heat.. Come on Spring and Autunm for us....

  6. Ahhhh--now I know where you have been and what you have been up to--
    and glad to hear that you are having fun and getting projects done!!
    have fun with the quilt machine!!
    love, di and miss gracie

  7. Hi Sunny - you are one busy lady! Enjoy the scrapbooking, it will be a nice change of crafting... and you get to look at your Alaska pics all over again!!
    I hope that Sweet16 is good to go, I can't wait to see what you achieve with her... x

  8. you got a lot done. retreats are always nice to recharge us. cant wait to see what is next for your relaxing robin.

  9. When your blog header popped up and I saw those wonderful crocuses, you made my day! Spring can't come soon enough. Glad you're having fun at your retreats.

  10. Nice to see an update. I'm jealous that you've been retreat hopping. Someday! And I hope you HQ behaves now.

  11. Sew wonderful that you are getting so much done! I bet that SweetSixteen is so much fun to use, well, when you get to use it. Can't wait to see you pictures of completed projects.

  12. HappY BirTHDaY to YOU! And I hope you had the best time at your retreat! :)


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