Friday, October 5, 2018

Getting Ready for Retreat

STLMQG's retreat, called Sew Me St. Louis, is this weekend. I'll be attending Friday and Saturday and maybe Sunday. Since the retreat is in town and I'll be sleeping at home, I only have to pack sewing stuff, friend stuff, and a snack to share. I'm almost all prepped, packed, and ready to go.

First project:

This is a block my Sew Bee It friends made for me earlier. They made propeller blocks, but I need a few more.

I pulled a few more fabrics from stash and cut all the parts. I like cutting, but not at retreat because I need to pay attention, and I get too distracted at retreat. I prefer to have everything cut ahead of time.

Since everything was on the wall anyway, I went ahead and labeled the blocks so I can easily set them together. I also snapped a shot of the wall for reference.

In addition to this project, I have bee blocks to make, and two other projects all kitted up and ready to go.

One of the projects is "Sports Plus," which will be a donation quilt for an older boy. The patches are organized and clipped together to create the plus-sign layout. There are several sports-themed fabrics, but they're not showing in this photo of the kit.

The other project is a continuation of a project I worked on last year at Sew Me. This will become another donation quilt.

I completed all the HSTs at Sew Me last year, and laid them out at home, and this year I can set the blocks together. Here's almost what it'll look like; I tweaked the top right corner slightly but forgot to take a photo before I labeled the blocks and took them off the wall.

If all that's not enough to keep me busy, I'm sure I can find something else, but that's all the projects I have packed.

I also have my gallon ziplock baggie of scraps for the Scrap Scramble. It's always fun and hilarious - Imagine sixty women diving into a huge pile of scraps, bits flying everywhere, and everyone coming up covered in threads.

The girls in my bee, Sew Bee It, drew names earlier this year for a Secret Sister swap. My gift is all ready to go. I think she'll like it.

Last but certainly not least, my travel sewing machine, tools and supplies, seat cushion, etc.

All that's left is to load the car and stop at the grocery store on the way. Should be a fun weekend!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. Having your projects all cut and ready to sew is a brilliant idea. I hope you have a great time and I look forward to seeing what you accomplish.

  2. Quilt retreats are so fun! You are packed and ready. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. I'm a tad jealous of your retreat! So have twice the fun-once for me and once for you!

  4. Older boy quilts are always needed.