Can’t believe that it’s Fall again and I’m getting ready for our annual quilter’s retreat at the Watson Homestead in Painted Post. Located in the Southern Tier of New York State, the homestead was the boyhood home of Thomas Watson, Sr., founder of IBM. The 500+ acres is the perfect place for a quilters’ retreat.
In addition to 3 days of quilting, visiting quilt shops and socializing with fellow quilter’s, there are no meals to plan and cook, no housework or errands, etc., etc. The Homestead also is the perfect place to enjoy my favorite time of year – Fall. We often take a break after lunch and walk one of the trails. I especially enjoy the Fall temperatures and the colors of leaves. This time of year they are changing from the bright greens of summer to the brilliant hues of Fall (red, yellow, orange) and are at, or almost at, peak color.
Right now I’m trying to decide just which projects to take with me. I always bring more than I can possibly finish. This year is no different. I’ve narrowed it down to:
- Operation Kid Comfort Quilt This quilt incorporates pictures of deployed service men and women, alone and interacting with their family, and some quick piecing. We hope the quilts provide some comfort to the children left at home.
Our guild has made a number of these quilts over the past few years. The first quilt that I made for this project brought back quite a few memories for me. (The pictures were of two children: a girl about 3 and a boy about 1). When my husband left for his tour of duty in Thailand during the Vietnam conflict, my daughter was almost 3 and my son 10 months old. Talk about déjà vu!
I can only hope that the quilt helped the children through the time that their father was away.
- The second project is a double bed quilt, Sprigs n’ Twigs (Gathering Friends), that I started at Watson two years ago but haven’t worked on since. The brilliant colors remind me of autumn. After putting it up on my design wall today, I can hardly wait to finish it. – and –
• A wool appliqué table runner, Basket of Sunflowers (The Woolen Willow, Quilt Sampler Fall/Winter 2007 issue of the 10 top stores). I pieced the center last year and now have the wool appliqué to finish.
These projects would probably keep me busy for more than a month – but I’ll bring them along and see if I can make a dent. I have to be prepared. No telling what I might want to work on at the retreat!
Hopefully I’ll make some progress on my stack of UFO’s that seem to multiply overnight.
There is always time to quilt!