We filled the lovely conference room at The Inn at Amish Door in Wilmot, Ohio with all our stuff and went to work. I took 7 projects in various stages of undoneness. I confess that I'm puzzled by gals who "start" a project to work on at a retreat like this because I'm never at a loss for a project. Someday before the end of the year, I'll count how many are going on in my studio -- I'll feel overwhelmed but you'll feel better about your own list of "in progress".
|Kaleidoscope to be quilted in sections|
But it's going to have to wait on the beautiful Kaleidoscope top that I'm doing the same way. Two quarter sections are finished and on Sunday morning at the retreat, I made the backings and layered the third and fourth sections. I've had great success getting large quilts finished since I read Marti Michell's book, Machine Quilting in Sections!! I won't ever do another large quilt any other way. I want this to be a soft, drapable quilt, so the quilting is not real dense. Believe it or not, I can do one of these sections in 2 hours -- that makes it very doable and it doesn't strain my old neck and shoulders! All the fabric I'm using for this project has already by added to my tally but at some point one does need to completely finish a project and I'd love to have this quilt ready for my bed by mid-December!
What about the other 3 projects -- well, they are back on the shelves and will have to wait just a little longer. They were the smallest of the 7 and actually as I'm writing this, I'm thinking I might just cancel one of them -- haven't cut any fabric so it would be easy to put back into the stash!?! Sometimes, a gal just has to get real with herself!!
I'm closing in on 165 yards for the year -- 73 days and 47 yards to go!! That's only 5/8 of a yard a day -- I can do that!!