|Official camp photo|
Challenge blocks: this year's challenge was to make a 12" finished block using floral fabrics with a cream background. The challenge as I saw it was to find such florals in my fabric stash so that I could stitch up a block using them.
As I have done in the past, I took the opportunity of making a single block using a new pattern or technique. I used a tutorial from Barbara's blog Cat Patches to make a circle applique--with no hand sewing and no fusible+topstitching required. The block turned out wonderful! And a pretty simple technique, too. You can bet I'll be using this again in the future.
1930's Scrappy: my main goal for retreat was to finish this top.
Before retreat began, I had all the 16-patch blocks made, and a few of the X blocks started.
Took my usual amount of time to make 24 X blocks, and somehow got all the rows and columns put together. Yay!
However, ran into a bit of difficulty when it came to size: this only measures 56 inches square. Needs borders. And, since this is a scrappy/stashbusting project, I am limited in my fabric choices. Too much fussy thinking necessary to make this next step work out... for now. I put it aside.
Black & white BOM blocks: I was determined to get a bit ahead of the game for the final 6 months of the BOM I am leading at the shop. I made 5 blocks, and that felt very good.
And that wraps up another quilting retreat.
Thank goodness for friends. And my hobby--which distracts and calms me when life gets to be a little bit too much. What does your ideal retreat look like?