I have a few favorite blogs that I like to read, and when I go to visit them and they haven't posted anything new, I am so frustrated! Then it dawned on me.... oh yeah, I haven't checked in for over two months. I get the message.
Retreat at Port Townsend was super fun. Six whole days of quilting. There were about 50 women, and lots of them down from Canada. Many art quilters with beautiful hand-dyed fabrics, and so creative! Port Townsend is charming, I would love to live there. Very artsy.
I did finish one turtle quilt -
I had started this quilt many years ago - spent HOURS paper foundation piecing and appliqueing those turtles, then got hung up on the borders, and put it away. I continued to have trouble, but pushed through and got 'er done. I wanted to have one turtle running away off the edge of the quilt, and found the piece of the blue fabric that I had used for the pinwheels in the center, so it came out perfect.
Close up of the turtles:
It is now in line to get quilted, and I think the turtles will get some little button eyes. I can't remember the name of the pattern, it is still out there. Someone at retreat was admiring the quilt and asked me about the pattern, so I gave it to her. I am for sure not going to make another one of these!
The week before I went to this retreat, I took a workshop from Jane Sassaman. I have taken a class from her before - she is very inspiring and artistic. The BEST thing I took away from this workshop was the idea of pushing through when you don't feel like doing something, or feel stuck. Someone had asked her about how she got so much done - (designing fabric, making quilts, traveling to teach) and she said that you can't quit on something when it gets difficult. Maybe walk away and take a coffee break, but then come back to it.
That suggestion helped me with this quilt. Those pieced borders were just not working out the way I wanted them to. In the end, it was all good.
Lots more to write about - customer quilts, quilt shows, trip to Hawaii, holidays. Hope to be back soon. In the meantime, keep up the good work!