This week I got away for some lovely sewing time at a quilting retreat hosted by American Quilting. Good times. (Many thanks to those who made it possible – especially Grandma.) The two quilts above were made by talented quilter, Ann Lewis.
Well, no Sandy this year, but still plenty of fun, entertaining people (shout out to you, D!) and this time I got to stay for two whole days!
There was still plenty of inspiration
and quilt eye candy.
And real candy.
I basically pigged out while I was there.
But I was also SO productive. I brought a bunch of works-in-progress. (Some of which were 4 years old. Seriously.) And I finished them! I will share them in future posts. (Which was another bonus side-effect – lots of good future blog-post material.)
I even started a couple of new projects – including cutting up the pile of Dream On fabrics I’ve been hording saving carefully for a couple of years. I’m going to use this pattern with a green solid sashing. It will give it such a different look. I’m excited to see how it turns out.
In the process I added a lot of thread to my lint collection. Occupational hazard.
(Memo to self: bring a lint-roller next time. At least I was among understanding folks.)
Good to get away. And the productivity was awesome. Sleep was minimal, but I’ll catch up on that later. I had to come home early for events at home, including the 5th-grade “Maturation Program” – I mean, who wants to miss that??
Check out this hive of activity! (Some interesting looking men walked in and asked if it was the Sewing Olympics.)
As I mentioned in my previously cranky post, (Skip it if you haven’t already been bored to tears by it) I went to my first-ever Quilt Retreat! (Well, I went to about 15% of it.) This was a 3-day, 2-night retreat at a hotel in Provo, Utah. I couldn’t pull-off attending the whole thing, but because I have an in (the retreat was hosted by American Quilting where I work occasionally) they let me horn my way in for an afternoon/evening of sewing and socializing. Lots of neat women there. (Quilters are just fun people, you know?) Including 4 other Amy’s (or Aimee’s). Other talented folks with blogs you may read like Kim, Rae Ann, and Lori Holt.
This was Lori Holt’s sewing area.
See? She is just as cute in real life as her quilts!
Another reason I really wanted to attend this particular afternoon was because Nanette Merrill of Freda’s Hive was doing a trunk show.It was so much fun for me to see Nanette’s quilts in real life -many of which I’d admired from afar on her blog.
Nanette is as genuine and wonderful as she comes across on her blog. She’s a gem.
(And I was totally inspired by her quilts! You can see more of the trunk show here.
Here are some of the things I got done.
(Wow, it’s amazing what a person can do with 3 hours of uninterrupted sewing time.) A few more of my Union Jack blocks. And I finally pieced the top for my own daughter’s pink, red, and turquoise quilt. All it needs now is the borders sewn on and it’s ready to quilt!Here is what I didn’t get done. My little purse. I did go to the class and purchase the clasp. I spent the rest of that time pouring through Lori Holt’s stack of quilts. WOW. They are amazing. I’ve never seen detail like hers.
Many thanks for all the kind wishes and blogger-editor commiseration. (And helpful suggestions too!) It’s nice to be among friends when you’re not having your finest moment.
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