Whew! What a great weekend at the SMQG retreat! Being as bold as I was to post a totally unreasonable number of projects to take with me, I'll confess right up front that I didn't touch half of them. I'll report on the ones I did work on throughout the week, but the biggest and most satisfying progress was on my project for The Great Pillow Fight swap. I started with the block below, an HST block from Blossom Heart Quilts.
It's a great block, and I like it well enough, but it didn't really ring true for my swap partner, so I took another tack. I knew this one would be really challenging for me, but I did it anyway.
The pattern is the 24" Ice/Fire block from Sew What Sherlock? It allowed me to use a larger variety of fabrics, and really show off the "Dear Santa" text print I found for the background. No lie, I used my seam ripper plenty, but lived to tell about it, and am really pleased with the results. So now to decide on a quilting plan and get started on that this week.
Anyway, the retreat itself was great fun, and besides sewing incessantly, it was terrific to get to know some of my guild-mates better, plus meet some new ones. Inspiration was everywhere, of course. And I thoroughly enjoyed my sewing table group - my roommate, Louise/I'm Feelin' Crafty (@imfeelincrafty on Ig), Sue (@suesewcrafty) and Noel (@bellaandjake). Good times indeed.
Linking up with W.i.P. Wednesday.