Monday, October 15, 2007
I'm back from a great retreat at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It was a gorgeous fall weekend, the kind that makes you wish October could just stretch out forever.
Mineral Point is an area of very early settlement in Wisconsin--lead mines attracted lots of Cornish miners and early Wisconsin state government was centered in this area. Much of the town hasn't been modernized significantly, lending a funky and authentic antique charm to everything. The ambiance is great but I just love getting away with my friends--lots of wine and chocolate, and lots of inspiration from them, all very accomplished quilters, and by golly, I got things done too.
I got a good start on the Crossed Kayaks quilt--all the ditch quilting is completed. But I got tired of slinging it around in a fairly cramped spot at the retreat and set it aside to attend to at home.
One day was declared my Day of Discipline. I brought out the small putzy blocks I'm working on for a friend.
This block took several mind-numbing hours to make. I finished this and a second block and decided I had hit the wall on this project too.
So I set to work on my Kansas Troubles/Delectable Mountains and completed ALL 100 blocks by Sunday noon. The blocks aren't pressed or trimmed, but they're sewn.
I haven't looked at these blocks on the design wall at all--I'm hoping they won't be totally chaotic visually. As much as I'm dying to see how they all play together, tomorrow I'm headed out once again--to Green Bay, Wisconsin and the annual state library conference. Back Friday for what I hope is a totally unstructured weekend. I have more to share about the retreat and I WILL get to that.