Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BamQ Retreat Theme: UFO - a Dozen To Go

This Friday I leave for a weekend retreat with our sister guild BamQ being held at Presentation Center in Los Gatos and am so excited.  Their theme is UFO which could not be more perfect for me and my goal to scale down clutter as part of my sewing room redo.

I went through my two tubs and found 10 quilts; 6 are most likely for charity and the other 4 for me or my family.  Some are parts and pieces but a couple are already tops ready for FMQing.

In case I get burned out on finishing (having recently FMQ'd 7 charity quilts in a very short amount of time I know I do have my limits) I'm bringing 3 cutting/piecing projects: Taffy in Bike, my queen bee XPlus with fabric to make 4 more Jumbo sized blocks and a stack of old Crazy Bento swap blocks for an even Baker's Dozen.
It only made sense to include Rip Curl, my May ALYoF (a lovely year of finishes) and the other three  that are in my Q2FAL mosaic Row Robin, Fruit Salad and Bolts so that I can knock those off the list and be part of the ALYoF and Finish A-Long link party. 

I'm tabling all other WIPs for obvious reasons and don't really expect to get through everything. Choosing was like when you pack too many clothes for vacation because you're not sure what outfit you'll be in the mood to wear. 

Bird D9Patch 40"x50"
backing:Blue Swirls, binding:Brown
cut and resew 9Patch blocks add pieced brown/yellow border

Lavender butterflies  44"x53"
backing: ballerina flannel, binding: white diamond or envelope style without binding

Fairies Log cabin 40"x56"
backing: Dusty pink flannel, binding: geometric
32"x49" now, add geometric border

Pastel Sailboats  33"x38"
backing: Yellow flannel, binding: pastel green
add pastel green borders/piece batting

Rip Curl 58"x72"
backing: improv batik, binding: waves
make back-bamboo batting cut, ALYoF & Q2FAL goal

Bolts/Heat Lightning  43"x49"
backing: castle peeps, binding: orange/burgandy or pink stripe
already spray basted, Q2FAL goal

3x6/4x5 Fruit Salad 48"x60"
backing: large pink/orange floral, binding: purple/pink stripe
add row of 4 blocks Q2FAL goal

String Fever 40"x40"
backing: dots flannel, binding: envelope style-no binding
square up swap blocks, mix with floral for the top, Scrap Attack QAL goal

Row Robin 49"x80"
backing: aqua houses flannel, binding: nicey jane
from Around the Bend and Across the Pond, Q2FAL goal

Scrappy Trip Around the World 46"x54"
backing: bright yellow speckles, binding: aqua or multi (not sure which)
L shape orange and green border, piece flannel
There's a lot of thought and prep involved in going on a Retreat but I'm feeling pretty ready for it.  The only other one I've been on (post here)  I also chaired so this should be a breeze.

For those of you in Portland for Market - have a wonderful time. I'd love to be there with you - another thing on my bucket list.

I'm linking up for the first time to Show and Tell Tuesday at I Have to Say and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story - it's fun to find new linky parties and browse around the blogs of all the people who participate.
It's been a month since I've linked up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and I've lost track of my tally but here's a shot at it:

Quilts for Boston blocks (2)
F+F2 Bee May xPlus Bee Blocks (2)
FMQ and bind Charcoal Coins quilt

Prepare for BamQ Retreat
Sewing Room Redo -sort scraps
Parsons Gray fabric 21st B'day - bought 4 yards

No Progress:
MoStash Orb for May
Japanese Jigsaw 21st B'day


  1. You have a lot to do - Best of luck and enjoy!

  2. Wow, I love fruit salad and row robin! How wonderful that you're going to finish up a few projects...and so generous to give to charity too...isn't that the best!

    You'll definitely inspire us all...have a great time and can't wait to see what you accomplish!

  3. Fruit Salad is amazin! You have such a good eye for placement and fabric! Wow! Wishing you a great time with lots finished and tons of fun! Enjoy and sew to your heart's content!

  4. Oh my Gosh, you have a lot to finish.. I thought my UFOS are a lot LOL

  5. Enjoy your quilting time. I am always amazed how much I get done with uninterrupted sewing time!

  6. What a wonderful collection of quilts you have on the go! I do believe you WIP list rivals mine :)

  7. Love the idea of the different sized blocks on the x quilt top. Nice work.

  8. I look forward to seeing you at the retreat! Your list of projects is impressive. Love, love, love the bicycle tire fabric. Better keep an eye on it...I'm just saying!

  9. Yay!! You're definitely taking the retreat theme to heart! lol

    Looking forward to seeing you there Friday!


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