Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Another beautiful JN pattern completed by Carol. This will be a bed quilt so the plan was a pop of detailed quilting for the center but less structured and more open going to the outside borders. Many hours of custom stitching were eliminated by not ditch stitching everything while utilizing designs to fill and enhance the space. We were both pleased with the results. One layer of Hobbs 80/20 with Glide and Superior Fantastico threads used. Thank you Carol for allowing me to custom quilt for you!
Monday, April 11, 2016
Here are some of the highlights of our April retreat:
We thought just the core group of 10 of us friends would be all we knew, but upon arrival almost everyone of the 22 participants we had already retreated with! That was so nice seeing so many familiar faces and making friends with a few more Judy Niemeyer quilt fans. We also planned our summer retreat with almost everyone there trying to work it in their schedules plus adding back some others that could not make it this April. August will be just us, no teacher as Denise is opening her new brick and mortar store front and will be having to pare down her out of town teaching schedule. We also schedule so that everyone has a long table, no sharing. We need the space!
I have a difficult time working in piecing into my schedule. As a longarmer, I'm always pushing the limits on deadlines due to unexpected events in family, doctors appointments (accident prone teen!). I find it difficult to longarm all day, make dinner... then go back to the studio by myself to sew after I have already been alone all day? No... if find that not enjoyable plus my body just can't take it. I'm always playing catch up on the weekend quilting as well it seems but hopefully after this next quilt, the deadline crunch is over. Every quilt has had a tight deadline schedule for 4 months and geesh am I over it! So much more enjoyable to quilt knowing I can work at my pace and if my back is breaking after 6 hours I can stop... instead of continuing because you need it tomorrow or I have calculated what I need to finish each day to get it to you by your requested date. So, the point is I pretty much only sew at my 2 day long bees I created so that I would stop quilting and sew, or on my 2 X's a year retreats that I do. Sad... for this long time quilter that is used to producing my own quilts but that happens when you have to go back to work full time again. I'm thankful to all of you that trust me to do my thing with your quilts! Most of you know about corporate downsizing and how difficult it is to find comparable employment in your 50's... Life just isn't what it once was but it's good. We are making it work! Now... back to work! I have a deadline looming on a quilt LOL!