Since this is our 8th year of retreats at Lake Logan, in Canton, NC.....the routine is well established. We start arriving at 9:30 AM and depart three days later about 3:30 PM.
Oh....I had a question from a reader who noted our age group and wondered why we are still in PTA. Wellllll......it's not the school based Parent Teachers Association most of you are familiar with. Our group is actually, Professional Textile Artists....PTA for short.Over the years Kate, Judy, and I had gotten into the habit of doing the same scrap quilt projects....often pooling our fabrics. This year we each did our own thing, but continued the practice of putting our tables together.
I'm set up on the left, and look, I even remembered to bring a cushion to raises me higher on my chair. The timely gift of a Pfaff couldn't have been more appreciated!!!
In a previous post I mentioned this antique drying rack which is such a helpful organizer strips. (Though I did manage to knock it down twice...finally it got moved a bit farther away....sure I had to get up more often but that was probably a good thing!)
Our sewing space is huge and this view is more typical than you'd expect. From top left: someone is at the snack table, three are rushing to see the action at another sewing station, and two are pondering over something else. It's a wonder we get anything done.
My plan was to string piece blue/white homespun fabrics (with cottons added to increase the selection). This quilt will be hung on a large stairwell wall....to measure about 76" W x 90" L.I'd selected this barn red solid for a sashing, planning to have 1 row of single blocks along the outside edge. Even with so few blocks pieced, I began to get concerned that it just didn't have any spark, despite the red sashing.
After coming up with numerous other ideas....such as adding applique over the entire background, or separating the blocks with more sashing strips, I've decided it's not working. I may either use the 30+ blocks I have made for a smaller lap quilt or continue to ponder over how to add spark to such a big quilt.
Check back tomorrow for part 2.