Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tired, tired, TIRED!!!

It started last Wednesday when I worked 16 hours so I could get a long weekend off from work.  I got up Thursday and started packing.  This is MOST of what I took on retreat.  My sew-ezi table was already in the car.  See the black and white bag on the right?  Clothes, toiletries, and a Stieg Larsson book.  Everything else is sewing related, lol.

I hauled it all to Camp Hebron in Halifax, PA and had myself set up by 8:30 pm.  This year I parked myself in the back of the room so I could take advantage of the bench by my table.  It was perfect for hand sewing, relaxing, thinking, sipping coffee, etc.  I love Camp Hebron, they have coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and ice water available to us 24/7.  I've gone on this retreat 4 or 5 times and this was the second time I forgot to take a travel mug for coffee.  See the two white mugs on the table?  I got coffees two at a time until I got to a local Rite Aid for a new travel mug. 

I invited a friend, Stephanie, on retreat.  It was her first retreat and she had it all figured out. She packed all the right stuff and fit right in, making friends and getting busy.  I'll show you some pictures of her work in another post.  I took lots of pics at this retreat.

I decided this would be a 'finishing' weekend for me.  The first thing I did was finish hand sewing the binding on this quilt.  Bam!

I really love the back.

Next up, I sandwiched, basted, and started quilting my red and yellow quilt.  I really need to give it a better name.

No fooling around, I got this baby DONE!  Quilted and bound.

And the back.  Love it, love it, love it.   Don't love my 'retreat hair'.

But wait, there's more!  I also sandwiched, basted, quilted, and bound this little baby quilt.  These are the tumbler blocks I cut with my Accuquilt when I first got it.

This is a bright and cheerful quilt for someone I know.  I used the last of my red with white dots fabric on the back.  I really need more, it's like a staple for me.  And I did the binding with bright stripes on the bias.  LOVE. IT.
I also finally sewed down these little appliques on some cloth diapers for burp cloths.

AND I put some borders on this pinwheel quilt.  If you know me, you know that I consider most borders a big chore.  Bleh!  So I kept it simple for this, also it's a pretty big quilt already.

The colors are soft and feminine and I think the green is soothing.  I'm not sure what I am going to do with this quilt yet.  It may go into the 'just in case' closet.  I don't have any quilts done right now for unexpected events or gifts. 
OK, that's it for now.  Time to go to work.  I have lots more to show from retreat but this is pretty much all I got done.  Phew!  I am very satisfied and that's a good feeling. 


  1. Looks like you achieved a lot...well the projects!

  2. That's a HUGE amount of craftiness to get finished in one long weekend. You're amazing!I love all of it especially the tumbler quilt. I love brights!

    ( I have "crazy" hair on weekends. Dont worry - your retreat hair looks tame by comparison)

  3. Yes, you certainly did get alot done! Fun time!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful retreat. Boy, did you get a whole lot accomplished!!

  5. I can't believe how much you got done! I'm leaving on Monday morning for a four day retreat and am gathering up and packing now for that. Did you have a list of some sort that you went by when packing? I have one but it's sadly lacking many important things! blessings, marlene

  6. Everything is so pretty! Good for you to get away and just do something that you love!