the Round Robin Edition 8 – Retreats!

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happy monday.

This past week has been a busy one– finalizing some details for the retreat!  more info below. Hope you’ll be joining me this year!

I hope your weekend was wonderful and you got to sneak in a few minutes here and there for some sewing!

in the sewing room…

This past week I’ve been sewing on something old….and making it new again.

I decided to add another border around the center of the quilt (published in Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine in 2015).  I thought that one more time around would make it a little bigger and give another fun option to the pattern.

I’m super pleased with how it turned out! The stars and 9 patch blocks are a great addition.

The size isn’t huge still.  Could be a wall hanging or a table topper. Either way it still is the perfect size!

today’s topic… Quilt Retreats!

To be more specific— the Patchwork Posse R&R

If you’ve been following the emails this week, you already know all about it!

But to those of you who are just seeing this for the first time, let me tell you a quick bit about it.

Our Quilt Retreats Feature:

  • Meet & Greet Thursday evening, September 26th
  • Lunches on Friday and Saturday + snacks
  • Full 1 day classes with Becky Jorgensen & Carmen Geddes
  • the Quilters Swag Bag
  • Trunk show by Carmen Geddes + dessert bar
  • Swaps and Challenges (participation is optional)
  • All day & late into the evening sewing room (room is locked up every evening)
  • Make & Takes & fun surprises

2 teachers– Carmen Geddes of Ten Sisters Designs and Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse.

The projects will allow you to try out Carmen technique of using her panels for perfect piecing, and Becky will be sharing some tips for applique – either wool or cotton.

More info and to reserve your spot – click here!


Making quilt retreats a success- for you is sometimes tricky!

Here are 10 things to do before you head to the retreat:

  1. make a checklist and check things off!
  2. review emails and make sure you are doing what is required BEFORE the retreat- like pre cutting, special rulers…etc.
  3. reserve your hotel room early so you don’t miss out on the discount and you can stay near the retreat
  4. bring extra projects to work on. You might find moments you can sew on something different, give your mind a break or whatever! Having options is never bad.
  5. bring your favorite notions. If you have a favorite rotary cutter, ruler or seam ripper- bring it. It’s not fun to miss something and try to make the replacement work. (check those flight restrictions so you don’t loose it at the airport!)
  6. ask your questions! If you have any questions, make sure you ask them. You don’t want to show up and regret not doing something because you didn’t ask.
  7. participate in everything offered at the retreat. Is there a swap? a challenge? I suggest you participate in them. It helps you get to know others quicker and it’s just fun!
  8. bring a friend if you can. There is nothing wrong with attending the retreat alone. You’ll be just fine, but having a quilt buddy next to you is always good too!
  9. pack comfortable clothes. You will be sitting, moving from station to station…so wearing something comfortable is a must. Also layers. You never know what the temperature is going to be where you are sewing and layers let you add or remove items depending on that!
  10. keep your projects organized. It’s no fun searching and resorting everything! Keep your projects separate and easy to grab, sew, and put away again. More time sewing, less time searching. That’s my goal!

sew it…

If you are heading to a retreat– grab your packing printable checklist here.

Keep everything organized in a little book – make yourself a cover for it here.

something fun…

Make your own quilt kit  Click here to read more…

Checklist printable Click here to read more…

Packing for a Quilt Retreat  Click here to read more….

Printable pdf checklist Click here to read more…

Keeping your projects organized  Click here to read more…

quilty chit chat

There have been a few fun projects posted in the Quilting 101 fb group.

The Three’s Company  your blocks are flying in and they are sooo wonderful to see! Are you sewing along?

Join the group for free here.

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