The retreat last weekend was perfection. It was fun, relaxing, productive, and I enjoyed getting to know the other guild members. We stayed at The Hideaway:
The scenery was gorgeous and I didn't want to leave.
There were 22 of us from the Springs/Denver areas. So many different styles of quilting and stages of life but we all got along and had a great time together.
A bunch of ladies decided to do a sew-along of a stuffed owl pincushion/organizer. They all did a great job.
I decided not to participate because I had already made owls for the kids recently.
On Friday night, I decided to work on a queen sized Penny Sampler with my stash of Flower Sugar fabrics and black and whites. I made all of the four patches that I will need for the quilt. But I wasn't loving the project- the piecing was a bit redundant and I knew I wouldn't be able to work on the project for the whole weekend because the available design wall was too small.
On Saturday morning, I decided to attempt the paper piecing arrow quilt. I found that I wasn't monopolizing the ironing station(s) or cutting area (I brought my own mat)- as I had feared- so I just went for it. By the end of the weekend, I had 8 of the 10 columns completed. I think this is a great project for beginner paper piecers like me: it's just a bunch of angles and nothing like the amazing and complicated blocks paper piecers are known for.
Life has been a roller coaster lately. I had an amazing, rejuvenating time at the retreat and was feeling good about my cross country move. On Monday, I took the kids to the park and had an extremely unpleasant encounter with a self proclaimed "soldier" who effectively bullied my son and I. I found an escape by meeting a friend in Denver last night for her book signing (more on that soon!) and ended up stuck in a bad snowstorm- which made me turn around and rejoin my friend at her hotel for the night. I am going to take it easy today and I am going nowhere with the kids- and maybe, just maybe, I might be able to finish up my last two columns of the arrows quilt! It will be the best stress reliever for sure.
Thanks for reading!