Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I feel like I need to whisper................

So I went on retreat last weekend.  (It was awesome!)  While I was gone, my fantastic husband took a look at my computer and messed around with it a bit.  I don't know what he did but I finally got the nerve to try to upload some pictures.  It worked.  Shhhhhh.  I really, really hope I am back in business.  Meanwhile, I don't have any new pictures tonight so I found some old ones.
I just love going on retreat.  It's loads of fun hanging with my quilty buddies.  There is always lots of joking and carrying on, not to mention all the goodies we eat.  AND, I always come home with a great sense of accomplishment.  Packing for retreat is a true art.  I get a little better at it every time.  It's important not to run out of things to work on.  It's also important not to take too much stuff, you don't want to jump around too much.  I also like to trap myself into  finishing stalled projects, hee hee.  That's what I did this time.  I had two quilts that were sandwiched and basted weeks ago.  I took both of them and forced myself to get cracking on the quilting. 
First I got this one done, I kept it simple with a nice meander.
Then I forced myself to work on this quilt.  I put this top together at my last retreat.  I don't have any specific plans for this quilt so it stalled.  I decided to work on my 'feather' quilting.  Whew!  I ended up quilting feather circles in 21 of these squares, every other one.  And,  omg, my neck and shoulders were so tight and sore, I needed to take a break.  I stopped and made a cute little zipper bag for my new Nook.  I then quilted all of the sashing.  My plan is to quilt feathers in the outer border and 'something' in the other blocks.  I may feather them too, just not sure yet. 

I also made 3 luggage tags.  I didn't use a pattern, just played around.  They aren't great but I learned a few things and might try again.  And,  Sunday morning I used my Accuquilt Go and whipped up a quick Drunkard's Path baby quilt.  
Yay for retreat!   We had lots of fun and now I am trying to detox from the chocolate and coffee and catch up on some sleep. 
I promise some new pictures by this weekend and I have some news to spill that I will share.
Ta ta friends!


  1. LOVE that second quilt. Very pretty! I still haven't mastered FM...feathers would probably send me over the edge.

    What's your experience been of the longevity of the Go cutting mats Lisa ? I've seen a post about one that seemed to wear out really quickly recently and now I'm not as sold on getting a Go as I was...any thoughts you'd care to share?

    I've never been on a retreat. I did a class earlier this year but I think I'm too much of a muck -around-er to do classes. A retreat where I can do what I like sounds perfect for me!

  2. I adore going to retreats! I have another in about three weeks. ahhh....

    BTW, I have been juggling back and forth between blogger's old editor and new editor in order to get pics posted... Knock on wood, but today it worked without switching! So maybe it was not just you.

  3. Sounds like such a fun time! I've never been on a retreat... maybe one of these days I will give it a go. I am so easily distracted though, I worry I'd get nothing done. Bravo to you for doing so much lovely work! (And by the way thanks for the chuckle about my photos!)