Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thanks, I needed that

I think that if I had been one of the early Humans, we all just might still be living in caves.

Tea & coffee, for example. I truly don't think it would have ever occurred to me to look at a coffee bush & think, "hmm, what if I heated those beans, ground them up, then poured hot water over them?" Or tea? Dry the leaves, again with the hot water. Nope. Dots I definitely would NOT have connected. We would all still be drinking water if it had been up to me to discover two of the most basic, universal & pleasurable beverages of Humankind.

Or Retreats? Going off with a group of friends with whom you share a passion, spending a few days away from one's daily routine & partaking of that passion. Again, nope. I would not have come up with that either. But I'm so very, very glad that someone did!

I'm recently back from HMQG's 3rd retreat. While the pace of my life has slowed to a more manageable one, the Daily Grind still gets pretty grind-y sometimes & getting away from it for a bit was just The Thing I needed.

Old friends, new friends, lots of sewing & a little wine! My main goals, quilt-y wise, were to take advantage of the large design walls at the retreat center & finish 2 tops that had outgrown my design door -- one done, one nearly done (I didn't bring enough of my background fabric). Then I just puttered & played with some of the many bagged-and-ready-to-go projects: plus blocks made with my parents' shirts that will be gifts for my brother & 2 nieces, a block for an HMQG charity quilt, wonky stars with a stash creature.


Rachaeldaisy said...

Too funny, I've got a bottle of that wine put aside got my next retreat! I love that squares quilts, in fact it looks as though you got quite a bit done. As for your caveman thoughts I wonder how some things were discovered too.

Julianne said...

Oh you are a riot! I agree...who knew to pick those beans, roast em, grind em and brew the most delicious beverage? Naw! Really? LOL! I am with ya girl! Loving that bright fantastic 9 patch quilt...makes me wanna go make one right now!

Beth Shibley said...

Like Julianne....that scrappy quilt makes me want to go make one! Glad you had a GREAT time.

amy and the bad cats said...

sorry to have missed the retreat this year, but it looks like you got stuff done! good for you!

Nifty Quilts said...

Looks like fun! You've been hiding some pretty dandy projects in your bags.

O'Quilts said...

Wonderful happy post. I am so glad u got away for a great time. Luv the quilts luv the sox