Well I am fresh off quilt retreat last week which is why I didn’t get a blog post up last Monday. Well, I missed a couple weeks of blog posting. We’ll get caught up though.
So what have I been up to? At the end of September I had my baby shower. My sister threw a lovely party for me at our house. The dogs went to day care and we transformed the patio with a white tent and blue decorations. The theme was Ahoy! It’s a boy! I love everything nautical and the nursery is nautical. Our activity was tie dyeing onesies which was loads of fun. I hesitated doing a whole blog post on the baby shower because I shared a lot about it on my personal Facebook page and every picture of me was terrible. So I’ll post a couple photos below for those who aren’t following me on my personal Facebook page.
Back to quilt retreat. So last week, 39 of us attended quilt retreat at a local retreat center. The retreat center is about 30 minutes away from my house, which isn’t that far but it’s far enough removed that you’re away from everyday life and are able to dedicate yourself to sewing. Being pregnant put a bit of a damper on retreat for me. I was limited in what I could do in terms of set up because I can’t lift anything over 10 lbs. I did have helpers and kind of gave them directions and left them to their devices. I’ve been having bad insomnia each night so I’ve been tired and it effected my enthusiasm for running games and activities. Lesson learned, transfer those responsibilities to someone else if I’m ever pregnant again during retreat! For the most part, I thought things went well but I sent out a survey this past Saturday so people could leave comments anonymously and we could get feedback about anything that needs to change. A couple things popped up that we could address for next year… For example, we didn’t do introductions. That was my faux pas and I had intended to but it got lost in the White Elephant Exchange excitement. A lot of people already know each other but we did have a few new people. There were other items but more mundane stuff so I won’t bore you with that.
So, on to the fun stuff. With the help of my mom I put together one comfort quilt and that was it. I had intended to do more but I felt exhausted the whole time. I used a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. called Cutting Corners for this comfort quilt. The fabrics are a jelly roll from Majestic Batiks called I Love Luci and yardage from them as well. It turned out really well and is in the process of being quilted.
My mom worked on multiple things but she finished assembling the Preppy the Whale quilt with bubbles from Awesome Ocean for the nursery. Both patterns by Elizabeth Hartman. I thought it turned out really well and can’t wait for it to be quilted and ready for the baby.
This is a long post so I will stop here. Retreat was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to next year. My husband has volunteered to take time off work and stay with the baby so I can attend retreat next year. We’ll see if his work schedule allows it and how that goes.