I went to my first quilt retreat this past weekend and had a really great time! Oh, if you have not done this yet, you really need to give it a try. I will get into more detail in a bit.
On my long, solo drives to and from the retreat, I did a lot of thinking about quilts and this blog. I decided I want to do this a little differently. Although part of my rational for writing a blog at all was to give me a bit of motivation to quilt and craft regularly just to have something to post. In many ways this has been successful, such as with my sampler quilt. However, I think I could use a little less motivation :)
Instead I want to do each day as a different theme, like a mini-magazine where each day is a column. This gives me a chance to post an update on each project or interest about once a week. Enough to keep me going, but not enough to be pressure. Sounds good to me if it sounds good to you.
I was thinking of this:
Monday - embroidery update. I tend to do a lot on the weekend and it will give me a chance to get good day time photos to post.
Tuesday - tid-bits. There's a lot to say - what's in my local magazine? play lists I listen to while quilting? mistakes and mis-haps? and on and on and on.
Wednesday - quilty works in progress. I saw this on several blogs. I do not know who to credit with the idea, but it is a good one.
Thursday - I am looking for an idea here. Anyone have a suggestion? I'd like to have regular interviews, but I do not know that many quilters.
Friday - product and book reviews.
Saturday and Sunday - off to create something to write about for the next week. No new posts here.
How does that sound? I am completely open to suggestions if I am missing something.
Now, more about my recent quilt retreat. I went to Dublin for Friday through Sunday evening with the Quilter's Guild of Ireland. I'll give you an update on my new projects on Wednesday, but I wanted to give you a little preview of the eye candy displayed this weekend. There was a quilt exhibition of mostly Irish quilters and their work was beautiful. Let's do a few quilts a week...starting with these three fantastic examples:
Mary Palmer entered a quilt called Woven Paths. Check out the quilting in the photo on the right!
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