Sunday, November 7, 2010
Best Thing About Retreat
We have been sponsoring and attending retreat for eleven years. Twice a year we get to escape the "real world" and live according to our own time clocks. The only schedule that we adhere to is three meals a day that are graciously served to us and that are DELICIOUS. It is amazing how NOT tiring retreat is. I have no desire to take a nap on retreat because it is energizing to just play the days away. In the morning when I get up, I can't wait to see everyone and get back to the project that is calling my name.
On this fall's retreat, I took along four projects. When I first started attending retreat, I would take more than two dozen projects and take home most of those projects. Too funny. Over the years, I have learned to better gauge my projects. I usually only take a few projects along, not necessarily that I believe I will finish all the projects. More than that, I take a mixture of projects in case I get tired of working on one particular project. Many people tell me that some projects are designed for them to bring back to many retreats. As long as the projects keep making me happy, I keep bringing them along.
I worked on one project the whole time I was at retreat. I had a great time working on machine quilting. People don't believe me when I tell them how easy machine quilting can be on my home sewing machine. I love being able to use a very fine thread and be able to use a small needle and be close to my work. On this particular quilt, I used 50-weight Aurifil thread. Typically, I use 100-weight silk thread. However, once I started this project, I gave the Aurifil a try. It was great. The quilt was hand-appliqued with silk thread with great intricate detailing. I tightly filled in the center medallion with a mixture of fill stitches. In addition to surrounding the florals and basket, I created detailing within the leaves and added elements for texturing the baskets and more.
All the Best to You, jill