Getting It Done in March/April Goals

My March goals were:

  • Complete the blocks for 9-Surrounded at retreat in Danville
    Not only did I complete the blocks, I got them all sashed with cornerstones, ready for borders.

  • Complete the blocks for Picnic at retreat in Danville
    Didn’t touch this one. I had too much fun making Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks instead.

  • Sandwich Orca Bay
    Not only did I get this one sandwiched, but it is now quilted (as of yesterday) and the binding is half sewn down. I had it in my head that my goal was to finish this quilt. Silly me.

  • Finish the baby quilt started in February
    Done and delivered.

In addition, to these goals, I:

  • Sandwiched Easy Street, Asian Splendor, and Roll Roll Cotton Boll.
  • I found a layout I like for the Pink Roll Roll Cotton Boll blocks I have finished.
  • Made a Topponcino for my niece who is expecting a girl in August.
  • Started a black and white quilt for my grandson.
  • Did quite a bit of hand quilting on the Christmas quilt that has been hanging around for way to long.

I’ll post pics of these accomplishments in another post.

For April, I’d like to:

  1. Sandwich Monster Bash (Need to choose and make a backing first.)
  2. Quilt Easy Street (Sandwiched and ready to go)
  3. Quilt Roll Roll Cotton Boll Blue. (Sandwiched and ready to go)
  4. Border one of the Key Hole quilts. (Decisions, decisions….)

Hooking this up to Judy’s Getting it Done in March post.

Back from Retreat

I just got back for spending four days with 7 of my good sewing friends in Danville, IL at Threads of Time retreat center. We ate, talked, sewed, ate, shopped, ate, sewed, and on and on. And, what a great way to retreat with a quilt shop built in. Carol even had her two machines serviced while we were there.

Here’s what I accomplished:

Nine in the Middle center top DONE.

Strip Twist II center top DONE.

And I decided to jump on the Scrappy Trip bandwagon and made as many blocks as I could from the 2.5” strips I brought with me.

As leaders and enders, I put together some random, precut individual blocks that I bought years ago when Lazy Mazy was still in business. I’m not surprised they aren’t in business any longer. Since many of the pieces were not cut accurately to fit together properly. So I had to fudge here and there.

I also tried a new layout for the alternate blocks for Bonnie’s Carolina Christmas. But now that I’m home, I’ve changed my mind. I’m going to put that top together with the least amount of work and call it done. Standby for that post.

Best of all, look at this snow that fell on Tuesday.

Being from San Francisco Bay Area, this was a treat for me. But I can see how it would get old fast.

We had a wonderful time and are planning on doing this again next year. I can’t wait.

Check out Jennifer’s blog for more on our retreat.