Retreat Report

After showing my prep work for last weekend’s retreat (here and here,) I thought I should also share a follow-up about it.

The retreat was scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday. During the week prior to the retreat I had a mild cold, and on the night before it was to begin, we had a forecast for several inches of snow. Between the two conditions, I decided to stay home on Friday and join the other quilters on Saturday. Even so, I sewed most of the day Friday, except when I was napping.

This morning I finished applying borders to this strip quilt for the local VA (Veterans’ Administration) hospital. It measures about 39″ x 59″.

Saturday I started fresh. After checking in at the retreat center and setting up my machine and stuff, I got to work sewing this baby quilt top. I had a little bit of cutting to do, but most of it was ready to go. It is about 38″ square.

And on Sunday I made blocks for a third quilt. They are all sewn but not pressed, so I’ll share them another day.

Since I usually work by myself, and often without teevee or music going, it was very different to have friends around me. I enjoyed listening to their conversations and getting to know some of them better. I think my sewing efficiency was better in some ways and worse in others. Certainly I got a lot done in the time, and I’m pleased with that.

Next steps are to press the other blocks I made and assemble them into a top. Then prep backs and batting for all three and get them quilted. With a lot of other things on my plate, I won’t guess how soon that will happen.

15 thoughts on “Retreat Report

  1. tierneycreates

    Wonderful quilts and yes at retreats I am usually drawn into the conversations more than my sewing and that is why I bring “non-thinking” easier projects to retreats – stuff with a lot of chain piecing, etc. But you seem to be getting a lot of stuff done at your retreat!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I did get a lot done, and it was good to work on a couple of different projects in short order. I tend to work on one thing at a time, which is great in some ways, but has its drawbacks in others. THanks!

  2. Cindy Anderson

    Oh I really like the quilt for the veterans. The color combinations are awesome! I also really enjoy the baby quilt. So precious! Sad to hear that you were feeling under the weather. Iā€™m glad that you were able to make it to the retreat though. It is a very stimulating experience. I look forward to seeing the new blocks. šŸ™‚

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Cindy. As always, the colors in person are prettier than they show in photos. I do really like this arrangement for quilts that are truly intended to be lap quilts. Thanks much!

  3. katechiconi

    Interesting point; I’ve never sewn in company with other people, so I have no idea whether it’d work for me or against me. That’s a very cute baby quilt, it turned out well. Glad you’re feeling better.

  4. Kerry

    Cute little baby quilt. What a nuisance to come down with the lurgy, but at least you managed some time away. It’s great that you settled down with the other people and enjoyed your retreat, being quite productive too.
    Until I get to know people better, I’m usually quiet – but I hear a lot! LOL!

  5. louisedduffy

    I also like to sew in solitude and silence. The few times I have been with others who were busy sewing, I found it hard to get and keep my rhythm. I LOVE the social interactions and checking out their color choices or tips/techniques, but I have learned that I may not get as much production as when I am alone.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I’ve usually opted to work by myself, and I don’t have interest in lugging my machine around for one-day sew meetings, as many people do. But I enjoyed this and would do it again, though I might opt for the day-and-a-half rather than 3 days, as I did this time!


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