Go give Amy some love today!
I went to my first quilt retreat last weekend. Three days of nothing but sewing and eating food not made by me in a place with no cell service. I feel completely recharged. My friend, Kristi, came with me, which made it even better. We accomplished a lot in those three days - I finished a difficult Baskets Around twin-size quilt for Bridget's bed and two points of a 58" Independence Day Lone Star. We also met some lovely people... and some kind of strange people. Like camp! One of my favorite people ever hosted the retreat, Carmen Geddes. I met her three years ago when I took her Quiltsmart class. She has taught me pretty much everything I know about making quilts. She's one of those people who remembers every person she ever met along with the details she learned about that person. Everyone she knows thinks of her as a friend.
Back to the quilts! A few years ago I won a pattern and interfacing for a Baskets Around quilt from the Eagle Mountain Quilt Show. It was my least favorite pattern because the handles were too difficult for me at the time. Too hard! I wasn't going to make it. Knowing that Carmen would be at this retreat to teach me an easier way (always!), I decided to do it. I had all my arcs sewn and turned, the background squares cut out, and the bottom of the baskets cut out before going on the retreat (many hours of work right there). At the retreat, I had to cut out and sew all the bias-cut handles (48 of them from my fat quarter scraps - the worst), mark the points where I wanted the handles to start and stop, trace the curves using a plastic bowl, glue (Elmer's washable school glue - who knew, right?) the back of the handles and place them on the background square and iron them, THEN I could iron down my arcs and the bottom of the basket and sew a zig-zag with clear thread around everything. Forty-eight times. Now I know doing the handles plus putting it all together takes me roughly 18 hours.
Moda Urban Chicks line called "Urban Cowgirl." I knew I'd need to really be in love with the fabric for such a big project and I am in love with this line. It's very vintage-y and yet modern and the colors are my favorite.
Last weekend was like a master class in quilting. I feel like I know so much more! Hooray!
Also, I need to document somewhere that I got all the Final Four teams correct on my March Madness bracket. Come on! That's awesome!