Coming down from the quilt retreat high...
I'm sleep-deprived from all the midnight-oil-burning and all I want to do is sew. Which is the one thing I can't do because I have to put in an 8 hour day at work. So frustrating, but I've had great things to think about all day.
I spent the weekend in the very charming Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
Our retreat was at the Jones Mansion, a century old house built by a businessman who lived in it only about six years before he passed away in 1912. After his death, the home was maintained and cleaned, fully furnished, but no one lived there for nearly 70 years. What a story.
It would be nice to say that the current owners bought it intact, but along the way there were owners who stripped the house, selling the custom-made Arts and Crafts carpets and furnishings along with the first edition 19th century books. Still and all, the house retains many original elements, like a hand-painted mural in the dining room,
beautifully tiled working fireplaces,
massive old sinks in the bathrooms, and tons and tons of old law books and other dusty tomes. And of course, handmade quilts on every bed.
And that old house smell. If that were bottle-able, I'd be in line with my checkbook.
This was the backdrop to a terrific weekend with friends. We all got lots and lots done, and found time for field trips to quilt shops, historic sites, and antique shops too. Much great food, much laughter. I spent a lot of time prowling the house and looking through books and cabinets and cupboards.
What I got accomplished: my Serendipity is together in one piece--the inner part at least--but I was stopped in my tracks by my own stupidity. As in not bringing one of the fabrics I needed for the Serendipity border. I also got several mini blocks made for my exasperatingly character-building mini project. The scale is hard to see, but these blocks will finish to 6 inches. Arrgh.
I was sailing along with the minis until I began a block that had pieces needing to be cut 1 3/16" by 11/16". At that point enough was enough. I knew I had hit the wall and I picked up my knitting. Too much thinking was making me tired.
A bit of show and tell. The first two quilts were the official retreat project, a quilt called De Vine Shoo Fly, by Judy Hasheider. Judy was part of our retreat, and participants could make this or not, as they chose.
Interesting contrast between the two--the creative spark takes us all in lots of directions.
This one below blew me away. It was made as a part of a guild challenge but Karla didn't care for the challenge fabrics. She used token amounts but pretty much obliterated the designated fabrics and went her own way. Hope Karla's watching her back because the quilt police probably have a warrant out for her even as we speak.
More pictures here, if you're interested.