Monday, May 15, 2017

Going to a Quilt Retreat Series

I'm going to a Quilt Retreat!  Yeahoo!  *Happy Dance*

I have booked a retreat this summer at Over The Rainbow in Seattle, Washington with my aunt.  She will be flying in and we are going to shop hop on the drive all the way up there, taking our time and enjoying the drive.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally find a retreat that is 1. Not during the school year and 2. Not for guilds only AND 3. Not too far away.

As I prepare for this new retreat adventure, I find myself researching experiences that others have had.  I want to know what to bring and see if another quilter has suggestions that I haven't thought of. Then it came to me, I am a blogger now.  :)  haha  I can write about this adventure for others to read and possibly learn something or at least get a little entertainment out of it.

So, I present to you the Going to a Quilt Retreat series.

The posts may change a bit, but here are the ones I have planned:

  1. What quilt retreat is right for me? 
  2. What to pack for a quilt retreat.
  3. Snacks to bring to a quilt retreat (because we all know that snacks are ever so important to quilting! )
  4. Choosing projects for a quilt retreat
  5. Shop hopping
  6. Over the Rainbow retreat - my own adventure
  7. Best retreat tips poll
If you have any suggestions about things I should cover in this series, please let me know.  

Send me your tips!
I am looking for your best quilt retreat tip.  I will compile them at the end and do a post with everyone's best advice for retreating.
Email me your tips at adreamandastitch(at)gmail(dot)com

Monday, May 1, 2017

Conquering that list of Goals

I woke up this morning with renewed energy to complete my list of quilting goals.  Now if only that motivation will last through my workday and still be there when I get home...

How many of you quilters deal with this?  When do you find time to quilt if you are just beat at the end of the day?

That being said.  I am so very close to being caught up with my projects that I have deadlines for.
Here is my checklist to finish in the next week (and a half):

  • Binding for Wedding Quilt (that should have been done months ago) - the wedding is at the end of May, so I think this meets the deadline as long as I get it in the mail by next week.  The quilt is quilted and the binding is ready to go.  I think I will be machine binding this one just because I haven't done it in awhile and I am in a bit of a time crunch.
Wedding Signature Quilt pre-quilting.  The little heart at the bottom in one that my grandma made before she passed.  This quilt is for a cousin.  

  • Catch up on my Freefall quilt.  I have been trying so hard to balance my quilting between the things I need to do and the things I want to do.  But ultimately the Need wins and I didn't have as much time to work on this last week as I had planned.  I did get started though and have all my little HSTs ready for trimming.

  • I have my Bee block for May to make and get in the mail.  That shouldn't take up too  much time, it looks like an easy, quick block.
  • I have a bridal shower to attend next weekend and have finally decided that I am going to make a simple table runner for the couple. 
Then after that:
  • I have not one, but TWO hops with block design and tutorial coming up that are Christmas themed.  
Lots of sewing to do, but it will be fun if I have the energy.  Did I mention I also was talked into signing up for a 5k at the beginning of June?  I would say that I am not a "runner".  So although a 5k is easy peasy for most, I have to train for it.  So, running is on the schedule too. 

To sign off, I will share some photos of a day trip that my sister and I took last weekend to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Festival.  It was a fabulous day and we were so lucky that the rain held off while we were there.  It was a muddy mess, but we had a great time.  

Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday with My Quilt Infatuation