It’s time to start getting ready for the February quilt retreat (Feb 7-9). This one is sponsored by Calico Hutch QS, and it’s in Austin, Minn. This will be the third time Gret & I have gone to this retreat and we really enjoy it. Plenty of personal space, tons of shop items that the ladies haul to the conference center (kits, notions, yardage), good freebies, good tutorials, good food, and some pretty funny ladies that we sit with. (We crashed their party at a retreat in Nov 2012 and now they can’t seem to shake us!) Gret lives 2 miles from the conference center, but we stay overnight at the hotel anyway – it makes it much easier to sew until 2 or 3 am if we just have to walk upstairs instead of having to get in a cold car and drive for a few minutes.
We last did this retreat in November 2013 and I left pretty much empty-handed at the end of the 3rd day. I had taken my Bloom Bloom Pow stuff to assemble my blocks, and discovered that I had to rip and re-sew so that’s what I spent a bunch of time on. I was pretty bummed that I didn’t make any quilty-progress, but was happy with the cute drawstring bags I made that weekend.
For this retreat, I’ve pulled out the projects that I plan to work on. Two are ones that have been in my stash for more than 3 years. I picked up these Six-Pack patterns and fabric bundles and they’ve been patiently waiting for their turn.
The fabrics are both from Riley Blake: Boo to You and A Colorful Christmas
I joined the Gen X Quilters Vice Versa BOM last weekend and I’m likely taking that along to do January & February. I ordered the print for the back and am awaiting its arrival so I can match solids for the front. I should have everything I need by the middle of next week.
And finally, but not pictured, I have a jelly roll of Countdown to Christmas that I have plans for. That’s already in a project box and ready to go to the retreat. I think that’s enough to take…should offer some project variety!