This past weekend was the second annual (and my first-ever) Tacoma MQG quilting retreat! Friday through Sunday, overnights included. I’d been looking forward to this for months, and it lived up to expectations. I had a blast. We stayed at Gwinwood in Lacey, and had all of our sewing machines and whatnot set up in the main lodge, and slept in a couple of the cabins. It was wonderful to spend the weekend with friends, sewing our brains out, oogling other people’s projects, and having somebody there to bounce ideas off of, chat with, and laugh with.
We got lucky in our cabins, and only had to have one person per set of bunk beds. Good thing, too, since they were creaky and a bit wiggly – it would have been a disaster to have somebody else rolling over on the other half! We’d been warned ahead of time that a foam pad of some sort would be highly recommended, so I hauled along an extra ancient, thick, sleeping bag and slept much better than I’d expected to!
I packed way too much in the way of projects, as I’d overestimated how much I’d get accomplished over the weekend since I decided sleeping was better than making stupid mistakes because I was tired. With all of the stuff that I did pack, I managed to forget my sewing pins and magnetic pin bowl. Luckily, there was a group trip to Ruby Street Quiltworks right after I got my stuff mostly unpacked, and I was able to buy a packet of pins… and poor Millie ended up with some acupuncture doing double-duty as a pincushion.
My main project over the weekend was the three Mini Geometric Sewing Machine blocks that I’d started before the trip. They’re about 15 inches square each, and each sewing machine took 40 different colored fabrics. Thank heavens for foundation paper piecing! I used the 10.5 inch pattern by QuietPlay, and expanded the borders to get it to the size I need – to turn them each into an extra large Pouch With a View, which is perfect for holding and displaying quilt blocks. One will be for me, and two are gifts. One of the wonderful ladies from my quilt guild is embroidering them for me with the new owners’ Instagram names, and then I’ll be quilting them and finishing the pouches. I can’t wait to gift them, and to use my own!
My second project (of the 8 or so I took with me) was finally beginning my Betsy Travel Bag. I bought the pattern over a year ago, and promptly got intimidated trying to decide on fabrics, and then by the number of pieces it involves. I cut all of the fabric prior to the Portland MQG Meetup, and finally started sewing it on this trip. Hopefully it doesn’t take me another year to finish it!
So many of the other projects this weekend were amazing – many of them are posted on Instagram under #tacmqg. Check them out!