I flew to Texas a week ago and went to a sewing Retreat with my friend Betsy.  I cut about 1300 squares the first day (assorted lights and darks), then sewed and sewed for 3, count them 3 glorious days.  It was a bit warm in Texas so  I was quite happy to stay inside and sew.

OK, you ask – why cut squares, why didn’t I cut strips.  I’m a control freak!  Mostly I didn’t want identical blocks, I wanted scrappy, so I cut squares and I can’t tell you what size, it is a secret.  Cutting squares was my plan.

I did get to shop for fabric at Lone Star House of Quilts in Arlington, TX and Common Threads in Waxahachie, TX – was fun to shop for repro fabrics and I’ve added to my fabric collection.  I found a piece from an Andover line (Winterthur, John Hewson) that I was looking for!

cut out lots of these squares

cut out lots of these squares

Some of the blocks made from these squares will be in a project for the new JLW Club for next year.

made a bunch of these HST units for a current project

made a bunch of these HST units for a current project


I flew home yesterday (Monday), and now playing catch-up!  I need get bills paid, orders shipped, groceries in the fridge, laundry, you know all the normal stuff you get to do other than the orders – then I get to go sew.    I need to finish sewing  a top together that is on my design wall, so there is room to play with what I sewed.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!


Retreat! — 4 Comments

  1. I live in Round Rock, TX near Austin and am going on a retreat this Sunday with some guild friends. Where did you go?? We’re going to Mt. Calm ~ an awesome quilting retreat center. Glad you had fun and yes last week was a scorcher! Best to stay indoors and quilt ~ or cut squares!!

  2. Good to hear from you! Hope your 3 days gave you some relaxation. I’m camping now in Big Ridge Tenn. No quilt shops but of course I brought sewing to do… Have a good rest of week!

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