OH MY GOODNESS - It's Virtual Retreat weekend this coming weekend, and I totally forgot to mention it! What have I been thinking about?
So the Virtual Retreat is Saturday evening from 6 PM - 9 PM and all day on Sunday from 10 AM - 8 PM. It's so much fun - I hope you can join us. What else are we going to do since we can't get out? At least in our area. But then, even if I could get out, I'm not sure where I would go or what I would do. The lockdown has been excellent training to realize that I don't need to go window shopping for things I don't want. I don't need to waste time doing errands - I can get them done while I go for my walk. I'm outside of the house for at least TWO hours every day.
It's sort of like my sewing. I've had a lot of trouble focusing in the past. Now, I'm so good at it that I can sew all day. I have such a variety of things to do in the studio and on the computer, and let's not forget the reading. There's just no need to go anywhere. I talk to enough people in a day that I don't need to chat with anyone in person. I don't mind, but it's not a necessity for me.
I think one thing is that I used to get bored. I remember getting out in the middle of the afternoon and popping over to the local quilt shop - just to visit. So you know why I have a stash! Oh - there's something more entertaining around the corner. I need to go and explore or buy or whatever. The pandemic has taught me that it's OK to stay home. Switch up the activities, and I'm content. And how could you be bored with Murphy and Lexi for entertainment? Or the fish? Or the forest? I've learned to be happy with what I have and what's in the moment. Otherwise, I'll go through life wishing for something else, and POOF - my life will be over, and I wasn't happy. I choose to be HAPPY all the time!
Today, I'm going to share half of the homework for Long Time Gone. I had to laugh when I opened up the next episode of The Quilt Show this morning.
|A pineapple block on The Quilt Show|
|Three just started pineapple blocks|
|My Sections 2 and 3|
|Partially completed Section 1|
|Set up for paper piecing|
OK -- so let's have a look at some of the homework from the weekend class. It's amazing to see how each person's choice of value and color has completely changed the look of some of these blocks. The show and tell in June is going to be spectacular. I can't wait!!! But first? I have a wee bit of sewing to catch up on.
First up is Bernice. A wee bit behind, but that's OK - we have time on our side. The pineapple blocks are fun - notice two colors are going in opposite directions on some of them, and on the other block, we can see four distinct stars.
Carol is using a very soft palette. I think it's one fabric collection? Look at that star block on the middle left. That does NOT look like the pattern. A simple change of value and color - and a totally new block!!!
WOW - WOW - WOW!!!!! I'm so excited about all the quilts that we're seeing! This is half of the homework, and I'll share the rest with you tomorrow. A few people signed up who are either way behind or are choosing to monitor the class. It's such a shame since this is the perfect opportunity to get motivated and ask questions. After June, we're onto the next project! We are taking the summer off and will be starting a new Jen Kingwell project in September/October. We're going to be doing Boho Heart and Gypsy Wife during the same class. So watch for that signup. Both of those are easier than this quilt, so it'll be so easy for anyone to put together.
I have to share this photo with you this morning. We knew this was coming, but seriously?? Did Mother Nature get her calendar mixed up?
I got loads accomplished yesterday. The presentations got put together, I went for a walk, downloaded some new quilt magazines, and did a lot of writing. I'm happy to say that I'm almost done with all the writing - until the weekend! There's still loads to do, but at a calm and relaxed pace. But I had better get my butt in gear on those pineapple blocks, and I need to get back to the long arm—all in a day's work.
That's why I love what I do because I get to create every day (and sometimes the creation is a written document), and every day is different. I don't long arm every day, I don't sew every day. I don't write every day. And you know what? I couldn't be happier!!!
Don't forget the Virtual Retreat - make sure you put it in your calendar. Here are the links.
Saturday, April 24th, 6 PM - 9 PM
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89254233911?pwd=VGQrTnFybW1HMWpleHA4M2Q2NGVwZz09 Meeting ID: 892 5423 3911 Passcode: 982797
Sunday, April 25th, 10 AM - 8 PM
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87246635892?pwd=VGY1cUUyLzRaRi9VUVV2ZWFINXc2dz09 Meeting ID: 872 4663 5892 Passcode: 440473
And now I'm off to get something done today. A walk in the snow with the girls. Yeah!!!! Murphy is going to be beyond herself. And a wet mess.
Have a great day!!!!