Packing up all my supplies was pretty stressful. Even for a quilter like me who tends to avoid a lot of tools, knick, knacks, etc, but the time you get your machine, cutting supplies, ironing stuff, and fabric together, it's enough to pretty much fill the Prius. Especially combined with Madeleine's sewing accoutrements.
|ready to sew!|
|In the zone.|
Little did we know, but at quilt retreats people stay up sewing all night. Literally all night. The champion quilter stayed up until 5am and was back at it at 8am. Whoa. Madeleine and I created unattainable goals the first night and stayed up until 4am, however we slept in. The Swoon block above was my goal for the 4am night.
|Also is very helpful|
|The Six Swoons|
Another step in my new found love of patterns was helping Carolyn Friedlander by testing one of her new patterns. Again, no pictures or identifying information, but it was super fun, and I learned a new skill, paper piecing!
So, that gets me to Swoon. In order to become complete social media junkies, Madeleine and I got a Twitter account for The Printed Bolt. Like quilt patterns, I used to be against Twitter. Well, I pretty much still am against Twitter, however, I have found both a sociological crater and some quilting inspiration on Twitter. Although, I do feel like a bit of an outsider looking in to all these weird personal conversations, but in a sort of Nancy Drew/Carmen San Diego investigator sort of way...Anyway, someone had a link to a Swoon quilt with something other than a white background, it was a black newsprint. Since I don't really understand Twitter and just click around, I have not been able to relocate said image. I was determined to make the Swoon quilt and not do the whimpy shabby chic color combination in the picture for the pattern.
I bought the pattern online, and I'm sorry, but even in my limited pattern experience, I was not impressed. Yes, I did figure it out, and yes it is super EASY, but there were a few fatal flaws that caused me to almost drop F-bombs every ten seconds at Lutheran Bible Camp. Not a good situation. For example, there are two square sizes that you need to cut out, however they are both the same size in the drawings, WTF? Second, there are two colors used in addition to the background. Color 1 refers to the secondary color with fewer pieces. That does not make sense. Color 2 is the main color, but it is second. There is a giant 1 floating above something that is supposed to go with Color 2, FML. Let's just say it's a good thing I wasn't using the minimum fabric requirements since I effed up cutting a million times.
Many of the ladies questioned my color scheme for the Swoon, but as I had already named it the Greatest Color Combination in All of Quilt History, there was no turning back. And I am glad I didn't! I LOVE IT!
Many thanks to the sewing crew around me for literally swooning over the quilt, motivating me to stay up too late, and keep going. We met a fellow quilt blogger, Tasha from Ric Rac and Ribbons, who kept us laughing all weekend. She's going to start her own Swoon soon, so I am anxious to see another interpretation! While the quilt was originally going to just be four blocks, I increased it to six, and then after careful consultation with Rita, she convinced me to go for it and make three more blocks to balance out the colors.
|Really bad picture of the fabric that will help me make three more Swoons.|
Momma Rushman was in town the last few day with her dog Lola. Fortunately Maybe and Also were good hosts in the sense that they didn't eat Lola. Maybe almost accidentally ate Also though...I think she mistook her for a bunny, but she definitely scared Also. Maybe *might* be showing some signs of aging...