Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's been a while..... yet again!

I do want to apologize for my absence, more so because of the give way that is now closed. Thank you so much for participating in a bit of fun with me. I will be drawing a name soon. So, please stay tune for the winner.

As you can all imagine, life is a little intense for me. So much is going on in terms of possible life paths and projects. The planning can pre-occupy so much of my time. Now, with that, I still have my graduate degree that I'm hoping to complete by the end of December. I'm presently studying for my last comprehensive exam. Wish me luck! ;o) Once my degree is complete, life, I presume, will be back to normal. At least I hope to get rid of this headache that I've had for the past week! Despite the busyness, I still manage to get some quilting done. It's what's keeping me sane! lol

The retreat at Wadhams was wonderful. I didn't take any pictures. There really wasn't much to photograph. We were all busy working away. Besides, some were in their pjs and I don't know that they would appreciate my posting a picture on my blog! lol It was wonderful being in a productive quilting energy.

I brought with me quite the basket! I spent a couple of weeks cleaning out my closet and finding the projects that I thought I would want to work on. Of course, I didn't work on all of them, but some. As they say, it's better to bring more than not enough.

I did get quite a bit accomplished given that I had not done much cutting before hand. It's amazing how much cutting can take up so much time! The one quilt I did cut ahead, I had forgotten my black thread for the piecing. Oh well, not a big deal! As you can see, there was plenty to work on!

I did finish this project, Charming Holiday Quilt Kit! It was a gift from Santa who, believe it or not, shops at the Fat Quarter Shop! I love Santa! lol The pattern is called Scalloped Charm by Black Cat Creations. There was enough fabric to make a smaller version, which I did. It's machine quilted and like this one, ready for the binding.

I would strongly recommend going to a quilting retreat. It's wonderful to have no distractions. Well, okay, I did visit a quilt shop called Fiber Options. I mean, how could I resist! lol The drive was beautiful. I did learn that there's an Amish community around Ogdensburg, New York. It was fun to see buggys! Anyway, the shop had such a unique collection of fabrics and a lovely decor. I would say that she was contemporary in her choices. Adjacent was a cute wool shop. Oh...... so nice to fondle. But, I won't go there, been there done that! I do NOT need another hobby! lol

That's been by life since Hollows Eve, busy, busy, busy. Thank you so much for your kindness and patience. I will attempt to have the drawing on Monday!


Vicki W said...

Glad you had fun at retreat. Now you can get back to studying! You are sooooooo close!

Wendy said...

I was just thinking it's been a while since we heard from you. Oh my you poor exam coming up...yuck. I wish you all the best.

The quilt you made is awesome and yes I love retreats too.

Good luck, I'll be thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous quilt eye candy! You need to tell us about your birthday! :-) Best of luck with your son has his coming up too.

Needled Mom said...

Oh, how I'll bet that you will be glad to have that exam behind you. It is so dreadful to have that hanging over your head.

On the other hand, it sounds like the retreat was great therapy. The completed quilt looks beautiful and the quilting looks fabulous. I like the place where Santa shops!!!!

I am sure that the busy, busy, busy will not slow down anytime soon with the holiday season approaching. Good luck!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Good luck with your final exam coming up and to obtain your graduate degree finally will be amazing :^))

Quilt retreats are wonderful as you've found out for yourself. I'm going to one next weekend, I'm very excited!

Very cool that Santa shops at the Fat Quarter Shop, he's a clever guy!

Deb said... long as you had a good time..I hope you were able to celebrate your BD at the same time..was the retreat part of your BD gift..Santa is a smart Cookie!!
Can't wait till you post what you accomplished at the are right they are the best to go to for quilters. Glad you are back.

Julia said...

Sounds like your retreat was wonderful!!! I think that I have this quilt kit. I will have to do a little digging in the stash closet and see if I can find it. lol Did you use a panto, if so, which one?

Good Luck on your exam! I am sure that you will ace it!

Libby said...

Glad you had a fun time . . . all that time just for sewing, and exploring in an Amish community -what a treat! Don't overdo here at the last minute - remember to take a little time for yourself. It will pay off in the end *s*

Unknown said...

I will cross my fingers for you, good luck... The quilt is beautiful. I have never been to a quilt retreat!

jennifer said...

you,re my favorite bookmark!!

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

It's a beautiful quilt Carole - such wonderful colors. Glad you got a fun respite.

Canarella said...

I love going to my retreat it is only once a year but just to go get away laugh with the ladies and take a deep breath and smell the ..hey good luck with the studies I know you will do well...

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Hey I missed you!!! Love your finished quilt. My Santa shops at Fatquartershop too. Go figure!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

I love quilting retreats too!
Mine isn't until February.
Good luck with the exam!

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