The start of the month was the time of the most sewing, given that it was my retreat. I started the month by doing some prepping so I would have my projects ready to sew, and then headed to Shipshewana, Indiana for our annual trek to Amish country with about 90 other quilters. I bought a few things along the way there, while there, and on the way back, which you can see in my last post. While there, I made great progress on my projects:
- Bound and labeled the QOV that I quilted last month, and then gifted it to my friend at the college reunion.
|QOV at Show and Tell|
|QOV with my friend Adam who served in Afghanistan. He teared up when I gave it to him.|
- Pieced a panel into a quilt top (no picture until after Christmas!)
- Started and finished Martin's pennies, a project that is in my UFO Challenge list for this year.
|Martin's Pennies at Show and Tell|
|Mom's purse (left) and mine (right)|
|Interior of my purse with a little pop of orange|
|Interior of Mom's purse - lots of pockets and areas to store stuff|
|Leader/Ender Christmas Table Runner|
All in all, I am very happy with all I got done at retreat, and the rest of the month was quite enjoyable too!
Oh, and before I let you go, I have to make your mouth water a little. We start each retreat by having dinner at an Amish farm the night before and the food is unbelieveable - noodles, mashed potatoes, pies, bread, roast beef...it all adds about 5 pounds, but it is really worth it. I took pictures of that a few years ago and didn't think to take any this year (and they ask us not to take pictures that might include any of them). Then, throughout the next few days, we have a couple places we always make sure we go. One is JoJo's Pretzels - and I have to tell you, I look forward to this all year! They sell about a dozen varieties of pretzel, plain or with toppings. My favorite is the plain, regular pretzel, but this year I also tried a whole wheat pretzel. It was great - still smothered in butter :)
|JoJo's Whole Wheat Pretzel|
|Pumpkin Cream Pie|
Oh, I was about to post this when I realized I forgot to include my stitching finishes! I didn't spend much time stitching this month, but I did finish two ornaments from my year of Just Cross Stitch Ornaments. Here are the ornaments for October and December (I am a little out of order!).
|Merry Christmas - October ornament|
|Olde-Time Christmas - December ornament|