Decisions, Decisions: Quilt Retreat Dilemma

Tomorrow I'm leaving for my annual quilting retreat at the foot of the Collegiate Peaks near Buena Vista, Colorado. There will be no shortage of scenery. No shortage of great food, talking, laughing, piecing, quilting, show-and-telling and general all-around good clean fun. It's something I look forward to all year.

But I always have one major problem getting ready to leave.

I can never decide which quilty projects to take along.

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There are so many choices! I go 'round and 'round with myself for days. My thoughts go something like this:

  • I should take some UFOs.
    But those are no fun and who wants to work on an old project?
  • I should take some really challenging blocks.
    But what if I get stuck and get all frustrated and waste the luxury of a retreat?
  • I should take some really easy projects.
    But won't it be a waste of time if I don't make something more interesting?
  • I should take a charity quilt to finish.
    But a retreat is something you do for yourself. Why don't I sew for me?
  • I'll get started on some Christmas gifts.
    We just had Christmas! No way.

You get the idea. I've come to think of the time as so valuable, nothing seems worthy of it. And that's a problem because this is supposed to be about fun and relaxation and time with friends. Keep. Repeating. Fun, relaxation and time with friends.

Here are the candidates so far but more will undoubtedly be added.


This is a UFO I love but have never gotten back to. I loved it so much that I made blocks in two color recipes but didn't finish either one. Remember Jan Mullen and her Stargazey quilts? She was way ahead of her time with improvisational blocks like these Daisiez.


Or maybe I should pursue the idea of adding this yellow Kona cotton from Robert Kaufman to some feedsacks to reproduce a vintage quilt I once saw:


I could start making Ferris Wheel blocks, like I saw over on Twin Fibers which led me to Q is for Quilter, which I am dying dying dying to make.

This is Martha's quilt made from Ferris Wheel blocks. (Martha is the blogger behind Q is for Quilter).

Marthas quilt, shown at Q is for Quilter (used with permission)

Martha's quilt, shown at Q is for Quilter (used with permission)

The pattern is from Aunt Martha's Quilt Designs: Old Favorites—and New.

Jessica's Ferris Wheel looked like this:

(used with permission)

And then became this pillow:

(used with permission)

Now you see why I'm dying to make it. That is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. But I digress.

I could rev my engine by working on this improvised project started in a class with Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran last year at Empty Threads at Asilomar.


I love the little ladies and their hats. The ladies are from Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.


How could these be anything but fun?

I could work on my Roll Roll Cotton Boll, Bonnie's Hunter's latest mystery quilt.


Luscious, right?

I could make something with my new, clean, white fabric and this pile of Westminster yum:


Or I could be really really good and quilt this UFO string quilt I basted recently.


Making this list has reminded me of a couple other possibilities. What's your pick? Leave me a comment please, because I could use some help deciding. Come back next week and I'll show you whatever I accomplish on retreat. Maybe I can do it all.


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