Tonight will be a short post, and I don’t have any exciting pictures to share, but I’m really excited for tomorrow because it’s my birthday. Ordinarily, I don’t get all that excited for my birthday, but if you’ve been reading the blog for several months, you’ll remember that I bought myself a birthday present way back in November. A modern quilting retreat starts tomorrow! And, I’m going to be there! I might even use more exclamation marks just because!!! I’ve had to furiously guard these days on my work calendar because it seems like after I went ahead to decide to take rare days off during the semester, everyone wanted to put something on the days, but except for one lunch meeting, I managed to pull it off.
I don’t even have a plan set in stone yet for what to work on. The nice thing is the retreat is so local that I get to come home and sleep in my own bed every night. I even get to take a little time away from the retreat so that Mark can take me to an undisclosed restaurant for a birthday dinner on Friday night. So, it’s pretty much the best of all worlds. No stressing about forgetting stuff when I pack; no feeling bad about Deogi missing me too much; no giving up my traditional Friday night date night string that has remained unbroken since January (and we passed 100 emails back and forth to each other right in time for my birthday too).
I do know that I’ll be taking four short workshops at the retreat. I’m taking one in basic piecing. Maybe this will help me stop making wonky flying geese. The other three are ventures out into new territory. I’m taking one on curved piecing, one on foundation paper piecing, and one on free motion quilting. The FMQ makes me the most nervous, so I might even watch a few of the lessons in the Craftsy class that I bought recently and do a little practicing on my own. Here’s the Pinterest board that our instructor sent out for the curved piecing workshop to give us an idea of how our projects might look. How exciting.
I’ll report back with some photos. Hopefully by tomorrow night I’ll have a stack of triangles to show off for the Triangle Quilt along 🙂 This is my first quilting retreat; swag bag here I come 🙂