Oh my - I have the BEST friends in the world! And a lot of them showed up for the Virtual Retreat. We got to meet new people, we got to chat with people from Western Canada and many from Ontario and Germany. I want to thank EVERYONE who stopped by - I learned so much. And I honestly don't feel shut in at all. Yes - I get it that it's not the same as in person, but what is nice is that people change up each time and even throughout the day. That brings up all sorts of conversations that would NEVER happen in person. Of course, I can't tell you anything that we discussed. You know what they say - what happens at Virtual Retreat - stays at Virtual Retreat. They truly are the best thing ever.
The Zoom retreats allow me to stay in touch with people that I normally wouldn't be able to stay in touch with, we share Show and Tell, and we get a peek into their sewing spaces. It's totally the best, and I can't wait until the next one. Mark your calendar - February 27 (evening) and 28 all-day). Watch for the Zoom links closer to the day.
Oh boy -- remember that little password book I found? Well, I gave it away yesterday. Why? Katheleen reminded me that I'm trying to make junk journals and having a junk journal as a password book - well - that's just way more fun than the little purchased book I had. Besides, WHO would ever suspect that a junk journal would hold passwords and how easy it'll be to hide the passwords. So - I need to carve a wee bit of time in the schedule to make that!!! I'm such a dolt for not thinking of it myself. Thanks, Katheleen!
I was also reminded of the upcoming Quilts of Valour sew a long day, which is THIS FRIDAY. Have you registered?? I designed a pattern for them, and I'll be spending some time on the sew-along, or there'll be a video explaining how to trim a panel to put into the pattern and how to make the hourglass blocks. I'll try to find out the time of those videos. Let me try to find the link that you need to register for the event. But here's the link to my pattern that you can purchase. All proceeds go to Quilts of Valour - I designed the pattern exclusively for them for their fund raising efforts. I did NOT receive any compensation for that.
OH -- I didn't get as much sewn at the Virtual Retreat as I would have liked, but then you know how it is. EVERYTHING takes much longer than we think it will. And several of the things I made can't be shared with you at this time. YES - that means I was working on projects WAY in advance of the due date. I better do the write-ups right now before I forget, but I took loads of pictures.
But I did get this quilt done.
When your child says they want a quilt - you jump! I ordered this panel for M, along with the border print. Everything had been trimmed before the Virtual Retreat. So it was easy to put the mitered border on. No matching at the corners as that just wasn't going to work with that print.
|The cosmic quilt|
|The cosmic quilt with the outer border|
|A quilt moving to the "to be quilted" pile|
|The Minky backing|
|The current projects table|
|The current projects are restricted to ONE table|
|The latest string pieced quilt|
|The cutting table with prep work waiting|
But I'm on a mission - I have 4,200 KM to walk in 2021. I'm just over 8.5% of the way. That means we need a healthy 2021 to make that happen. Fresh air, good food, lots of sleep, and being careful on the ice and the stairs - I think we can do this!!!!
Not only is my studio organized, but I'm getting my e-mail (somewhat) organized - at least my folders are super organized, I've got my physical folders, and the office is slightly less cluttered. So HUGE progress is happening all around. I feel so much better and so MUCH more in control. That's a huge success, and you bet that I'm going to celebrate!!!
Did you notice that I slacked off yesterday and did not give you an area to clean? Well, no slacking today. Get ready! How about your coffee table?? We don't have one - thankfully, as they seem to be dust and junk catchers. So get out there and clear off that surface. And if you think you need a container to hold stuff like remotes or whatever, then find one or make it!
I have a wee pile of stuff on the floor beside me that I want to deal with later today, and of course, I'll share it with you. If I have to suffer the pain of throwing stuff away, then so should you! I'm NOT in this by myself. We're all in this decluttering mess together.
On that note, I'm out of here!!!
Have a SUPER day!!!