I had a great time at the retreat...lots of laughing and a little sewing.
The machine I use at home is big and very heavy, so I took this little Bernette 55.
It was my son's machine (from his grandmother) but since he never used it he gave it to me.
Huge difference to sew on!
I was shocked when I realized I had to thread my own needle AND cut my threads by hand!
My other Bernina has me really spoiled with the automatic threader and cutter!
I found myself a little disorganized as I tried to put together my Garden Party quilt. It was obvious that I'm not one to adjust to new surroundings or small spaces while sewing. I kept having to look for my ruler, my scissors, my...everything. Luckily, I found my seam ripper for the gazillion times I needed to use it because of the oodles of mistakes I made sewing the blocks together.
Late in the afternoon of the second day I was feeling a little more in touch with my quilty feelings. Then my friend, Brenda, looked at my almost finished quilt and noticed I hadn't put the little blocks in the sashings like the pattern required. She thought I was just using my usual don't-follow-the-pattern thing. NOPE...I just forgot to put them in. It bugged me so much I just put it back in my bag. I'll drag it out later when I think of how I want to finish it. It definitely won't end up looking like Jenny Doan's Garden Party Quilt!
Next year I'm sure I'll be more focused...maybe.