I’ve just returned from get away at Lake Morey in Fairlee, Vermont. On Friday, I drove through pouring rain, got my wagon out and started to load it up. It was an icy mess, but a guild member ventured out in the rain to help me slip my wagon to safety in the huge quilting room. Thanks, Sandy! I brought an empty plastic CD case to hold the little blocks I was about to make. I did spend a few hours cutting pieces before I left for the retreat, so I could make as much progress as possible during the weekend.
There are so many things that I love about this retreat.
- The people! There are lots of quilters from Heart of the Land quilters guild. There are lots on non guild members who are friends of guild members there too. I dare say that everyone is nice and gets along famously!
- The food is fresh, delicious, and filling. I even indulged in desserts that I never make myself. YUM! I didn’t prepare any food or clean any dishes.
- The space is well lit and each quilter is given a very long table, maybe 8-10′ long.
- There is so much creativity in the air. I love walking around to see all the different projects. This retreat had a mystery quilt going on, demo on how to make a little free motion quilted baskets, a stamping up quilty card to make, and charity quilting too!
- The dates for next year were announced and I’ve already blocked off my calendar for 2019.
- There is a quilt shop, Barnyard Quilting within a mile of the retreat. Yes, I stopped in on my way home and bought another yard of fabric which I may use to separate each round of blocks. Decisions, Decisions!
Here’s my progress of 2018 Quilt #1…
I got 14 of the 20 applique blocks done.
35 of the 52 Churn Dash blocks done.
44 of the Courthouse steps blocks done.
The pattern is called, “Midnight at the Oasis”. I saw this quilt done at he Connections Quilt Show in November of 2017. I was inspired and bought the pattern at the show. I’m using my basket of Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make this quilt. I purchased an grey background fabric and some of the printed background fabrics in the blocks.
I believe my quilt will look very different from the photo on the cover of the pattern. That is just what I do. I like patterns, but often picture my own fabrics in the quilt. Do you look at patterns that way? I hope you do, even if it’s my pattern. I guess I like to teach techniques and see that they work with whatever fabric you like to work with.
I can imagine this quilt in reproduction fabrics. I gave my reproduction fabrics away to someone who is having fun using them. The fabrics didn’t resonate with me, so I found someone who they do resonate with.
One more thing I like about retreats is that I always come home and feel inspired. It takes about an hour to applique each little block. I only have 6 left to make. Today I will tackle at least two.
I’ll post again in two weeks with my progress.