One of the guilds I belong to had a quilt retreat this past Saturday. It was my very first quilting retreat EVER! I thought to myself, “What on earth am I going to do for almost 12 hours at a quilting retreat?” I mostly have longarm quilting to catch up on, so I had to really think about what to bring. A friend suggested I bring something I hadn’t been able to work on in quite some time, some of my UFOs. Well, I have a couple of those, so I took along plenty of stuff, sure I’d finish each and every one of the 4 items in my bag. As it turns out, there is a LOT of socializing at these retreats and not as much work gets done as you might expect. Actually, in my case, it was AVOIDANCE. I started this quilt over a year ago and, after volunteering on the board of 2 separate quilt guilds and in between all the eye surgeries, this project got pushed aside, balled up, messed up, and out of the way on so many occasions that I had forgotten about it. At this point, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish even what I did on Saturday and this project would be pushed to the back burner again and again. And, it probably will, because I just have too many ideas floating around in my pea brain, demanding my attention. It can get really frustrating, and I try to avoid quilting challenges, because that just sets my mind awhirl once again. But, I am SOOO happy that I got this portion of the quilt done. It will be the foundation for future dabblings to add to the quilt. So, here is a sneak peek of what I worked on Saturday.
And, here are some pictures of folks who also attended the retreat.
If you are a quilter and haven’t yet attended a retreat yet, you should try it! Even if you walk away with only one thing completed, you will feel like you’ve accomplished a lot!