Friday, September 04, 2009

"Brown Bag Retreat Time!"

I'll be able to finish some projects for sure this month since I'll be attending a "Brown Bag" Quilt Retreat in Buellton, CA, hosted by The Creation Station Quilt Shop. I've been attending at least two Brown Bag Retreats per year for several years now. It's three days of all the quilting you choose to do and the best fun!!

One of my closest friends, Nancy, works and attends these retreats, so I join her, often spending the weekend with her. Other times Nick and I take the RV and stay at the Flying Flags RV Resort with our friends, Lynn and Rick from Redding. The guys hang out at the campground, go fishing, play horseshoes, etc, while Lynn and I meet Nancy and quilt away the hours for 3 days! For this retreat we're taking the RV, meeting Lynn and Rick at Flying Flags, so it's going to be a great weekend for sure!!

As any quilter knows when attending a quilt retreat it's best to take several projects to do, because you never know how much you'll get done or what you'll feel like working on. You wouldn't want to run out of options, should you find yourself stuck on a pattern, or just in the mood to work on another project, so it's good to have choices and a variety of projects just in case!

September projects to do (as a member of CGQC and OPAM):

1) from my August to do: finish my All American Tablerunner-just needs the label actually!
2) also from my August to do: pin/baste, machine quilt, and bind my Mary Engelbreit "Tossed Nine Patch" Lap Quilt! 3) McKenna Ryan's "Moose Junction" Quilt (my friend, Lynn and I both bought this kit on our Alaskan Cruise last summer, and we plan to work on it together at the retreat!) 4) McKenna Ryan's "No Trespassing Tablerunner, block three of "Calling Me Home" Quilt (also bought on my Alaskan Cruise last summer--I just love McKenna Ryan's patterns!) 5) If I still have time, I'd like to finish my Quick Trip lap quilt made with Robin Pandolph's line of fabrics in soft reds and greens--( I pieced the top in August) -- just need to pin/baste, machine quilt, and bind! I'm really looking forward to making my McKenna Ryan patterns!!

PS Another quilt reveal: here's the front of the "4 Squares and Animals" Baby Boy Quilt I finished in July for my friend's daughter, due in a week or so.....
I was able to find fabrics that matched the colors of the baby's room. I appliqued baby animals in the solid squares and surrounded them with 4 squares and a pieced border. I made a personalized label too!


Marilyn said...

What a great weekend! The McKenna Ryan patterns look fabulous and I love the fabrics!
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog:) And have a wonderful time at the retreat!

Michelle said...

That retreat sounds like fun!!! Have fun doing your projects!

Carol R. said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! Have a great time!

CJ said...

I have a couple of McKenna Ryan's patterns but have yet to make them. I haven't done much if any applique work so I just put it off. Looks like you have lots on your list too. I hope you get lots done at your retreat.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

That baby quilt is A-DOR-ABLE! Very cute. And, your projects look wonderful. I can't wait to see your finishes. Thanks so much for sharing on the tag. I so enjoyed learning more about you -- and loved the name, too!