I've just returned from a three day quilt retreat. That's one of the reasons I haven't been posting – I've been busy trying to get ready for it. Knowing I was going to be sewing for three days, I was afraid I would get there and run out of projects. There was nothing to fear, though. I packed plenty to do. The retreat was held at Warm Beach Camp on the mainland. It was a beautiful venue with very gracious hosts and meals to die for. Here is the view from my sewing machine:
We were there over Halloween and not to fear that we missed out on anything – the yard workers really got into the act:
My main project was to finish my Garden Path quilt and I kinda sorta accomplished that:
I realized after I got there that there are still 12 more little flower blocks to embroider! Thank goodness they were placed in the quilt in groups of four, so I was able to put plain strips in as place holders until I can get them done.
After finishing this, my friend Lisa and I got the wild idea to do a miniature Christmas tree wall hanging:
Mine is only 12" x 14" and some of the pieces in the presents at the bottom are only 1/4" across! We had the idea that these little pieces would make great Christmas presents, but decided that these will be our only little trees – they were probably more labor intensive than a big quilt would be!!
At the end of the retreat, we had the drawing for the grand door prize. Each of us was required to make a signature block out of the same pattern in fall colors. On Saturday the winner of all of the blocks was chosen – and that would be moi!
Not only do I get to keep all of these, I get to design the block for the next retreat. What fun!
Several news updates from last week. Thank all of you for your well wishes for Ben and his family. I'm happy to report that after only two weeks of unemployment, he has a job! I'll report on more as I know more, but it is a tele-commuting job, so he will be working at home. It sounds like a very good job and we're so excited for him and Abby.
Also, as I may have mentioned, we had hoped that down the road Maggie would be having puppies. The breeder came out to look at her this week, and although she said she is absolutely beautiful with many features that she would like to pass along, she is not going to breed her. Because of the structure of her hindquarters, she is afraid that a large littler would do some serious harm. She could probably carry a small litter successfully, but Kathy will not take the chance on harming Maggie. I respect her so much for that! In the end it doesn't make any difference to us because she gave Maggie to us and all of the puppies would have belonged to her. But she said that her greatest concern is the welfare of her dogs. So Maggie will go in this week for "the operation" and then return home to us for the life of a pampered pet!
I leave you with this lovely picture of two sweethearts napping in our front yard: