Sunday, November 4, 2012
Getting Ready for Retreat
Do you remember packing up for summer camp when you were a kid? The packing would begin with excitement weeks before departure day. Now, I'm not talking about packing clothes and necessities -- that, my mother would largely take care of (thanks Mom!). No, I'm talking about the fun stuff. The flashlight that had what seemed like 15 different flashing functions (as if I was going camping alongside the Alaskan Coast Guard station), the 32 snack assortments, the hot pink fan (yes, Ella, I know you would have wanted that one!), the walkman I had wanted forEVER, the Sweet Valley High novels (remember those?), etc.
I would pack and repack, add more things to the ever-burgeoning piles, try to cram the lid shut on the oh so nifty trunk we had purchased at the Army-Navy surplus store. I was so thrilled to be going to camp, and I think the packing represented my excitement for all the experiences I was going to have. If I just packed the right things, If I only had the right accoutrements, If only . . . then the experience would be AMAZING!!
Well, here I am . . . cough . . . years later and not much has changed!! I'm heading to my retreat with the Utah Valley Quilt Guild in just a few days, and I feel that same sense of excitement! And yes, that same packing frenzy! My piles are continuing to grow. You'd think that I'm going on a month-long quilting cruise, rather than a 3 and a half day retreat! But to have a whole three and half days of sewing seems so wonderfully intense that I've set a rather rigorous agenda for myself, and one that just keeps growing by the minute (especially every time I read a new blog post and discover a new wonderful project I could add to my Christmas "to do" list!). And how horrible would it be to be stuck in Park City (gasp) only to discover that I'm missing some critical piece of fabric?! Egad! So of course I'm planning on bringing what feels like half my stash.
So, this is my current plan of action as it stands now (see my prior post for some more detail on a few of these projects):
1) Pieced scrap border quilt (thank you red pepper quilts!): I've pieced all the blocks, so I "just" have to sew the blocks together, baste it, quilt it, and bind it.
2) Polka dot baby quilt: I've pieced the blocks, so again "just" have to sew, baste, quilt, and bind.
3) Denyse Schmidt quilts: I have a bunchload of DS blocks pieced, from which I have a few baby quilts' worth of sewing to do! (not a top priority)
3) Ruby & Camille Scrap Quilt: I have all the scraps cut for this, but need to paper piece the blocks.
4) Christmas tree skirt: I have the sketches for this and the fabric picked out, but that's about it!
5) Modern Christmas table runner swap: I have my sketch and my fabric picked out.
6) Ana White work apron: I have the fabric and the pattern.
7) Tote bag (Christmas present): Fabric and pattern: I've made a ton of these, so this is a quick sew
8) An unmentionable project (Christmas present for one of my readers!)
9) Dog bone quilt: Fabric and pattern (Christmas present)
Getting the picture?? I may be biting off quite a bit more than I can chew. This may not be just a shortcookie, but quite a large cookie!! Just take a look at my "to go" pile (so far)!