Our quilting retreat weekend at The Mount Hotel in Wolverhampton is at the end of this week, and we’ve been preparing the projects we want to work on. Tracy has cut out all of her pieces ready for sewing (so organised) while I’ve been pulling together a collection of fabrics to make a start on a sampler quilt. I have Barbara Brackman’s ‘Civil War Sampler’ on Kindle, but I decided there’s nothing like a hard copy for ease of use, so I bought the book as well.
Angie has taken a laid back approach to it all and had decided to wait until the weekend arrives to be inspired. At our last sewing group she did narrow her choices down to just a few, but In the meantime she’s been having a big push to finish all her UFO’s. She bought a fabulous ladder display unit to hang her quilts from, and I think that’s been part of her motivation to get going.
I’ve taken out the Medallion quilt, President’s Pride, which I began while on our last retreat in November, to try to get that up and running again. All it needs is the last border of 4½” shoo fly blocks sewn on all the way around and then it’s ready for batting and backing. I seem to have the attention span of a firefly at the moment with so many UFO’s at all stages of development it’s time I set my shoulder to the wheel too.
We’ve been having a bit of fun making some bags to hold our equipment. One of them is from a pattern I found on Craftsy called the Bionic Gear Bag. It’s as eccentric as it sounds, but it really is a clever thing with loads of zip pockets, a fold down ‘tray’ at the front and some nifty little accessories to go with it. One of them is called a Dumpling Dish but it reminds me more of a Cornish pasty when it’s zipped up.
Not long to go now…. I can’t wait. (Tracy’s had her suitcase packed and ready for days!)