#SOL22: Retreat

To back up, to begin again.

To treat myself . . . AGAIN. A re-treat!

Both of these definitions seemed to fit. On New Year’s Eve, I committed to a three day retreat. Tasks to complete. Start the year off right. Time to get a positive flow. All of these were a part of my thoughts as I agreed and packed up.

Christmas was special. So many handmade gifts that made my heart happy to share.

9 patch ornaments
Mario blankets
Tote bags
Wall hangings

And then 2022 enters. A graduate. More birthdays. Another Christmas to plan for. And yes, dedicated time to begin during the second week of January.

Beginning with a plan. And some flexibility. (More ideas/projects than could ever be completed.)

A community. The only one I knew in advance was our hostess. Agreeing to spend the majority of the time during our 72 hours with strangers. Would that make it easier to spend our time working instead of chatting and socializing? I was about to find out how it feels to join a “new” community.

Processes. Laughter. Learning. Doing. Talk. So many parallels to a reading community, a writing community, a conference . . .

Result: Two graduation quilt tops finished. One for 2022. One for 2023.

What are you planning to accomplish in 2022? How will you measure success? What processes will guide you?


12 new friends, planning for the next retreat, considering “show and tell” and practicing what I have learned. Win/Win! Huge success. And new sewing machine purchased to move beyond a straight stitch and zigzag. A small step forward into 2022.


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6 responses

  1. I so appreciate your focus on the power of “retreat.” It is necessary on many levels, renewing body, mind, spirit and one’s creativity, as you illustrate here! Your handiwork is beautiful! I’m amazed by your productivity. Also appreciate those parallels with reading and writing communities.

    1. Thanks, Fran. I honestly had not thought about building a community when I went to sew AKA work on sewing as not every minute is sewing. The pics remind me of my goals and where I’ve been as I plan for the future. And yes, creativity is creativity no matter what the “medium” is . . . fabric, paper, ideas!

  2. Kathy’s quilt group plans a two day retreat every year at a local campground. Ladies can spend the night or just come for the day. Lots of UFO’s (unfinished objects) completed. Glad you found a group and are planning another retreat. Enjoy.

    1. I just learned about:
      PhD – projects half done and
      PIGS – projects in grocery sacks!

      Learning is so much fun when it is collaborative!

  3. I have such admiration for those who can quilt! I’m sure yours will be loved by the receivers. Also, how cute are those ornaments!

    1. Thanks, Vivian. It’s definitely more complicated than I imagined. Remembering that my first quilting encounters involved 100% hand sewing – Yowza!

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