We made it back!

I didn’t share a lot of build up to retreat this time – I think we have all comfortably settled into a routine and so we don’t necessarily email as much any more.  I know my part of it is that I’m not sitting in front of a computer frequently enough to be able to email like I normally would.  However, I like the idea of us settling in a little more together.

Normally the emails are flying fast and furious as we talk about the projects we are bringing, who is bringing which snacks (we can always count on Sandra Dee for Cheetos although Inez picked them up this time), and most importantly who is bringing which big item so not everyone needs to do so.  By big items I mean iron/ironing board, rulers, cutting mat, and bed risers.  If you have thought that your cutting table is too low, I would highly suggest you pick up a set of bed risers.  They work wonders.  If I am remembering correctly, they may even come in a high and low version.  Don’t quote me on that though.  At any rate, we like to make sure the essentials are covered and we really don’t need 15 irons and ironing boards.

This retreat we had most everyone, although we did miss Hattie (sniff, sniff).  I’m sure she will be ready to join us soon though.  Sometimes life just has a way of throwing us curve balls and we have to stop in the moment and deal with what is coming at us.  No worries though, Hattie is doing just fine!

I (once again) did not get many pictures taken so I will have to backtrack and take some to share what I was able to get accomplished.  Get this, I did finish last month’s UFO AND finished 2 more tops so I think I have March’s UFO taken care of now as well.  Of course if any of the other monkeys out there want to send me pictures to put up with mine, please feel free!

Even though camaraderie was running high, I found that there weren’t that many quips to quote.  (How is that for alliteration with a q!)  We did do some shopping, although not as much as in years past and of course we laughed, but I believe that we all kind of buckled down and got some work done this time.  Sandra Dee and Hazel headed out to a couple of thrift stores.  I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but Sandra Dee is the Goodwill Queen.  She must have a 6th sense for when it comes to finding things at Goodwill.  She always manages to come in with something that we all wish we could have found.  Anyway, the two of them headed off to a couple of stores and we waited to see if there were any treasures to be found (there weren’t this time).  Later we laughed as it seemed that everyone was working on UFO’s.  Part of the laughter was because we are starting to believe that the next generation has a Sandra Dee who will head off to Goodwill and find the remnants of quilts we had started and never finished (and our families didn’t know what to do with).  She will proudly bring them back to her quilting friends and beam with excitement over her new-found treasures exclaiming, “I’m not sure what they were doing here, but I just had to pick it up.  It was only $2.88!”  The rest of her quilting friends will offer to help her figure it out or have ideas on how she can finish with just the pieces she has and so we will have done our part to help encourage the next generation of quilters.  After all, haven’t we all gotten things that way?  A relative of a friend passes who was a crafter and we get that call about supplies needing a new home and we walk away with new-found treasures of our own.  Or Sandra Dee walks into Goodwill and finds partial projects….either way is good.

I will do my best to have some pictures next week.  I wish I had taken pictures this time as everyone was working so hard.  Inez completed a couple of miniature quilts and a quilt for her grandson and quilted a table runner.  Hazel got started on a constellation project, completed 2 baby quilt tops and got a good start on a red and black quilt (and maybe got that top finished, I’m not sure…).  Sandra Dee completed 3 quilt tops and started the blocks for a 4th.  Blanche completed 2 quilt tops (but I think I’m missing something, there may have been a 3rd in there that I’m forgetting about) and started some shirts. Wanda completed 2 tops for sure and Mabel had some paper pieced blocks, quilted 3 small wall hangings and did some binding.  I’m sure there is more that Mabel accomplished as well.  This is why I need to remember to take pictures.

Since Mabel, Wanda, Blanche, and myself have started the amazing paper pieced stained glass stars we all brought them to retreat and had a paper piecing day (or two) where we all got caught up on our blocks.  It was kinda fun for us to work on them all at the same time and see how differently they turned out.  Inez did pick up some fabric for hers while shopping so I anticipate that she’ll be getting started soon and we had 2 others outside of our porch that also brought theirs and so it was fun at show and tell for all of us to stand up with our blocks.

I would like to say that I’m totally relaxed and unpacked and ready for the next retreat, but the truth is I’m tired and my stuff is waiting to be put away.  I am ready for the next retreat though….I mean, how could we not be?

Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to have some pictures of the things I worked on at retreat for next week.  In the mean time, I will be heading off to unpack and perhaps sneak in a nap…..

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