Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Retreat #1.....planning ahead
With retirement in the near future, I have planned for myself three quilt retreats......so far.
The first one will be in April. Second one in May. Third one in June.
Wow...I have never done that before!
So, I thought I had better get busy and start planning some of my projects.
I want to do this diamond quilt called Diamond Detour.
I have been collecting fabrics slowly for the last year.
I need 13 pieces or fat quarters. I have 14, so one of them will have to be eliminated. Which one would you eliminate? I am thinking that maybe my big check might not work depending on how big the pieces are or maybe the fifth fabric from the left as it has a little bit more of a "dirty" look to it.
Earlier this Fall I stopped in at a new to me contemporary quilt shop and found the big dots with the yellow background and thought it would make a great backing. I NEVER buy yardage unless I have something in mind and I didn't have the pattern with me, but I normally would have bought 3 yards. Well, this project requires 4 yards. How lucky am I?.....I bought 4 yards. yeah!!!
Anyways....back to my planning projects. My whole point in pulling things out was to make a list of what I still need. I need a background for this quilt.
Do I do white? light gray? dark gray? light gold? or a darker gold?
I probably will have to take some snippets to the store and interview them. I had a gray with tiny white dots in my stash and I thought how great would that be to be able to use from my stash, but it has more of a "dirty" gray look, so that is not going to work.
Oh well, 3 yards background goes on the shopping list.
There are always other things to work on at retreats that I have going.....those are called long term projects, but it is always nice to make something new and something that you can actually complete at retreat.
Stay tuned for the next project for retreat #2. I already have something in mind.
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