What makes a quilting retreat really great?
To me, one of the best things about a quilt retreat is the focused time to quilt, and anymore a retreat seems to be the only time in my busy life that I actually focus on and enjoy creative sewing. But at least as important to me are the friendships and the time shared: walking, chatting, enjoying a meal, sharing a technique or two.
To make sure that my next retreat gives me time to enjoy all these wonderful things, I’m on the hunt for an FLBQ: a Fast Little Baby Quilt! You can see all the reasons why here, but in short, I want a simple, fun and fresh project that I can complete in one relaxed weekend. In other words, I want it all: friendship, relaxation, creative fun!
Kate of See Kate Sew posted this darling Ombre Baby Quilt…and then updated it with an improved pattern piece and detailed instructions for getting those super-sharp triangle points. (I think it’s awesome that she followed through on the improved post!) So be sure to check that first post for inspiration, and then the second one to get the updated bits.
What I love about this design: Simplicity. A few fabrics, one pattern piece, and super-cute results. Kate’s peaches & pinks fabric choice are really fresh and inspiring to me, and easy to visualize in blues & greens for a boy, or maybe yellows & grays for a gender-neutral option. It’s nice that the pattern is free, and so are Kate’s bonus instructions for a matching chandelier mobile to hang over the crib, which of course translates to more money for fabric shopping! While the instructions aren’t super-polished, I think they will be easy to follow and I’ll definitely be referring to Kate’s post on achieving sharp triangles.
So I’m now up to three choices for my FLBQ...and I love them all! What do you think? What would you stitch on your perfect quilt retreat?