Quilt retreat progress report

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I had hoped to write a triumphant post today about how much I got done at Quilt Retreat last weekend. Unfortunately that’s not the case.

While I normally can accomplish more in one four-day weekend of uninterrupted sewing than I can in a month of distracted craft time at home, my weekend was anything but uninterrupted.

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The child care I had arranged for Angela fell through, so she spent several hours with me on Friday and Saturday while my husband was at work. While I love seeing her, and she loved playing with my fabric scraps, my productivity pretty much came to a halt after 3 p.m. on those days. I also didn’t realize that I hadn’t put the first pieced border on the yellow and blue version of this quilt, so getting that together took the majority of the first day of retreat.

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So my grand plan of coming home with two king-sized quilt tops, all the blocks finished for my New York Beauty and a new pattern sample went to hell. Instead I managed to finish all the blocks for the borders of the two colorways from the 2014 BOM. I had three done from each month that I made while teaching, but needed eight. I also started putting the borders on one of the quilts before it was time to pack up Sunday afternoon.

I’ve got a date with a longarm rental on Thursday, so I’ll be spending the beginning of the week getting these quilt tops together so I can load one one and get started finishing it.

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I’ll need to find another time to finish the new pattern sample and give my New York Beauty some love. I haven’t touched it in a year-and-a-half, so it probably feels pretty neglected. But even though I didn’t get as much done as I wanted, I was still very grateful to be able to spend some time with my quilting friends, get inspired by the projects they were working on and get a little time away for me.

What did you all work on last weekend? Did you get as much accomplished as you wanted to?

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