A Quilt Retreat of Sorts

So over the last week or two I’ve been texting my friend Nell. She was talking about going on a quilt retreat and how she was working on her Tumalo Trail block for the Pre-Mystery Challenge.

Nellsblocks

Sadly, I felt a little jealous. I could use a quilt retreat or at least a few days in a row to SEW. I’ve been lucky and have been able to get quite a bit of sewing time in with my waking an hour earlier each morning but still I couldn’t help but long for a whole day of sewing with little interruption like you get at a quilt retreat.

Well…my wish kid of came true.

I got the flu of Friday. Luckily two of my childcare families were sick too so my day off didn’t interrupt so many schedules. It wasn’t a fun flu but it wasn’t the kind where I had to be on the couch all day long….I just needed to be close to a bathroom and able to put up with a churning stomach and not really able to eat.

I decided I could lay on the couch and be completely miserable or just sit and sew….I sewed. Thankfully my quilting room has a bathroom real close. Being I was sick, none of the kids came home….Hubby ended up coming home early and brought a pizza so I didn’t need to try to cook.

So I got the center of my Narragansett Blues UFO sewn together. It’s from Bonnie Hunter’s book More Adventures in Leaders and Enders.

Narragansett-Blues

The border pieces are all sewn into segments and just need to be pieced together.

The weekend came and I still didn’t feel the best so I continued to sew.

I got the center of another quilt top sewn together and that one needed LOTS of piecing and ironing first. It uses a bizzillion half square triangles that finish at 1 1/2″. I made some test blocks for a new quilt I designed. I bound two quilts. I finished a some blocks for another project. I got LOTS of sewing done…LOTS and LOTS.

I guess I just decided to make the best of not feeling good. Kalissa did stop by briefly and “yelled” at me for not being on the couch. (it’s the nurse in her) I explained that I’d feel even sicker if I completely wasted the time by lying on the couch. I also explained that I was leisurely sewing…for the most part just sitting in the chair listening to my stomach churn while I piece.

…and for the record, I did lay on the couch in the evening which is a major event for me. Our daughter Kayla recommended the Netflix series Longmire to us. Hubby and I both enjoyed it and have already watched six episodes. For non-television watchers, that’s a HUGE recommendation.

So in a way, I guess I did get a “quilt retreat” of sorts…I didn’t get the good girl friend fix but I did get the quilting fix.

3 thoughts on “A Quilt Retreat of Sorts”

  1. That Nell is inspiring. I am going with her to the quilt retreat and working on the two quilts from your book that we started in West Union!

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