I am back from the FRMQG retreat now. It was a wonderful weekend that could not have been better. It was so refreshing to sew constantly without interruption. I enjoy my children and was glad to see them when I returned, but I didn't exactly "miss" them, if you know what I mean. In fact- this return to routine today has been a bit of a rude awakening. Gregory woke up at 5:00 and seemed quite sick. I cuddled with him on the couch until Charlotte woke up and she was even more sick than him! I have been kind of a fog all day because I am so tired.
Anyway, I mostly worked on my Swoon quilt and I made a ton of progress. I had everything pre-cut and lines were drawn on anything that needed that guide. I had a mini iron and ironing pad on my table and I just sewed constantly all weekend.
I completed seven blocks:
I think this one is my favorite:
I wasn't able to complete this block because the fabric I bought on the IG de-stash didn't arrive before the retreat. I just love that AMH Loulouthi print and I only had a fat quarter. It really makes me question buying FQ bundles; all too frequently, it's not enough. I am amazed at the demand for F8 bundles, to me, those are scraps!
Here's a picture of the blocks all together on my design wall at home:
Here's the large pile of half square triangles I sewed together that were leftovers from the Swoon blocks. It will probably be ages before I do anything with them but the fabrics are too good to throw away.
Overall it was a great retreat with good company. It was this time last year that I barely had moved to Colorado from Massachusetts and I attended the same retreat. I am glad to have that year behind me, moving so far is no joke!
I am amazed at how much has changed in a year: I am six months pregnant, my husband started a new position today (a well deserved and overdue promotion), and I am in the throes of dealing with the mixed blessing/headache of "school choice" and kindergarten registration for my oldest. When I was at the retreat last year, I was kind of in a state of shock and fatigue. Now, a year later, I am so glad to be feeling better and more sure of myself, so hopefully that will continue.
On my next blog post, I will share the fruits of my participation in the "Secret Sister" swap at the retreat.
Linking up to WIP Wednesday.