The To-Do list of potential projects was long (quite aspirational, as usual), but I knew I wouldn't get everything "done". Here's what I did do:
** Made two 12-inch blocks for this year's challenge (Civil War fabrics)
|Flying geese with stripes.|
|My own coffee-cup pattern, cute-i-fied with framing.|
** Completed this month's Buck-a-block BOTM (I'll post more fully on that elsewhere).
** Finished the last three blocks for the 1930's reproduction quilt; I won 21 blocks in last year's challenge, but ended up needing 24 blocks to complete the design I had worked out. One of the blocks I designed and patterned myself. A paper-pieced design, rather complex in nature. (And should I mention I have never done paper piecing before? Yeah, I'm a crazy over-achiever like that.)
After much color and placement consultation (the advantage of being at retreat is there is endless help making complicated design decisions), I was able to get the sashing done for the blocks. I still have borders to add, and I'm leaning heavily toward a scrappy piano-key border, so that will take some time. But I have something to show for my weekend away. I think it is stunning--and I am very grateful for all the talented seamstresses who contributed the blocks that I won.
I learned some nifty things at retreat. Hope to share them soon! Stay tuned.