Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday Meandering 10 - 7 - 2019

Retreat is over. Yawn -- yep I missed a bit of sleep what with all the sewing and socializing going on. But fun was had by all.  And I made 2 quilt tops.  I'm sharing only one today.

Sharon and I sit across from each other usually.  Here's our space partway through the retreat.  Hum, a little messy but not as bad as it got by Friday night.  Just noticed Sharon sews barefoot.  

Lots of gifties were shared at this retreat.  This year we skipped giving away things.  The little green bag had candy and a cute salt cellar pin cushion.  I'll try to remember to take a pic of it to share sometime.  I particularly like this one because it has a wool ball in it to hold the pins.  I have several salt cellars from my mom and possibly her mom that I can turn into a pin cushion. I really like the little wool ball idea as it makes it SO easy to make.

Here's the first top I made.  The block is called Mendota and comes from a group that Louise who blogs at Quilt Odyssey is involved with. That link takes you to a blog about several Mendota quilts she has completed. I had all the blocks cut out so all I needed to do was make the blocks (4 seams - easy-peezy) And then sew the blocks together.  

Last year I bought a kit from Craftsy that featured space flight and planets.  I didn't read the info carefully because I ended up with some yardage and 4 sets of charm packs.  I didn't like the quilt pattern from the kit but thought I was getting a lot of fabric. Hum, didn't pay much attention for sure. It's fun to sew with new fabric.  I used less than half of one charm pack for Mendota.  Yikes.  I guess I have a lot of space exploration quilts in my future!   Here are some upclose pics of the blocks. 
Surprise, surprise!  The gal behind me had a couple of layer cakes of the same fabric she was using to make a quilt.  She too bought a Craftsy kit on a super sale.  

I'll share some more pictures from retreat over the next week or two.  I didn't take all that many for some reason.  Too busy sewing and chatting I guess.  

I haven't thought much about goals for the next few weeks.  But here's a few to get me started: 
Finish cleaning off the cutting table.  (it's never-ending.) 
Put all my supplies and "stuff" away from retreat.
Quilt a top or two (especially if I have the backing already.) 

I did not do any shopping while at retreat.  I really wanted to shop at some of the quilt stores but decided I really didn't need anything.  So I'm expecting one of these days I'll succumb to a special from Missouri Star or Fat Quarter shop or someplace.  2 months and 7 days with no fabric purchases?  Amazing. 

I'm linking with my regular Monday linky parties:

That's it for the me today. I'm ready to get going with my day. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. It's a lovely quilt. The fabric is very cute.


  2. Ironic that the lady behind you was using the same fabric. I miss Craftsy: Bluprint is not the same. Like you, I prefer to have everything cut out before going to a retreat.

  3. Oh, your Mendota top is so darling! I love that space fabric and that's a great way to showcase it. The block stitch up so fast, don't they? Perfect for a retreat where you don't want anything super complicated :)

  4. Sounds like a good time was had by all! Love that top you are making. I too have bought kits on a good sale for the fabric but once I bought one forgetting I'd already bought a fat quarter of the same material. But I do love the fabric so eventually it will get used up. I too miss Craftsy.

  5. The Mendota design is a great way to showcase those fun fabrics! Lovely.

  6. I love that quilt. You could have a lot of fun with some sort of I Spy quilt using your leftover space fabrics.

  7. Sounds like you had a fun and productive retreat! And congratulations on resisting the lure of the quilt shops. Hope you've recovered on the sleep end of things.


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