I took some much needed rest this past weekend and
attended the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild retreat.
It was held at the Howell Nature Center in Howell, MI.
What a GREAT place for a retreat!
The sewing space was HUGE, the view was fantastic and the company was the BEST!
When I arrived some people were already set up and one side of the room was kind of full
so I set up by a window on the other side of the room.
Funny thing was there were 3 Pam's there including me.
I shared a table with one of the Pams and the other one was set up behind us.
It was the Pam corner, for sure!
I meant to get a photo but just forgot what with all the sewing and everything going on.
We ate well, we shared some wine, played Cards Against Humanity, watched movies, sewed, went on nature walks and even did yoga!!
It was an amazing few days.
I had hoped, when I signed up, to work on some UFO's but as it turned out
I needed to make some baby quilts for some friends that are having babies.
I finished 2 chenille blankets and a baby quilt top.
Here was our sewing space.
(As viewed from Pam's machine, not my machine)
I went out for a walk and you can see the Grindley Lodge through the trees.
I walked down by the lake and there were many geese and this one lone swan.
He was beautiful!
Excuse the photo, it was gray, and snowing and I was using my iPhone.
It was so quiet, peaceful, beautiful and calm.
This was the other side of the room from where I was.
I was sitting at the table near those three windows but only took a photo after I was packed up and the tables were down.
I took these fabrics...
And turned them into this!
I LOVE the binding on this one!
I also made a second one
How cute are those scuba divers?
The baby top was from a pattern on the Moda Bake Shop.
It was an easy quilt to make but doing the applique around all the letters would have been much easier if I could have used my knee lift.
If you have one and are not using it you are CRAZY!!
Hook that bad baby up and get on it, you will be so glad you did!
Here is the baby quilt top.
I made the back once I got home so it is off to the quilter today.
The background is an Art Gallery fabric and it was so nice to work with!
I was working on the second baby quilt top on Sunday when I got home but it was a little difficult to work with my "helper"
She likes to lay there when I sew because it is so close to the lamp that keeps her warm.
When the thread was going fast, she would peek over the top to see what I was doing.
I hope you had a good weekend too.
The next 2 weeks are going to be difficult ones.
I have made the decision to move my dad closer to where I am and into a group home.
I had no idea those even existed for the elderly.
I look at one more tomorrow and then will be making a decision as to which one.
I basically will have 2 weeks to get him and all his stuff moved from where he is now, as I had to give them 30 days notice and hubby will be out of town the last week of this month.
I guess that's good as it makes me get right on it though, right?
I have not broken the news to him yet.
I think that will be this Friday when we go there as we will have to begin moving "stuff" around.
Wish me luck and keep us in your prayers.
I think I am going to need all the help I can get!!