I had a fantastic time retreating in Paducah with a few friends last weekend. We stayed at the relatively new Quilt in a Day Retreat Center. Despite a couple of issues (spotty wireless and a leaky ceiling in one bedroom), the place was fabulous! The sewing area is spacious and well-lit and there are so many wonderful places to eat. We thoroughly enjoyed the food! It is difficult to get a good picture of the place because it is really long, but here's the view from my table...
I was able to get a lot of sewing done - not as much as I had hoped, of course, but I am very pleased with my progress. I managed to finally finish piecing my Orion's Star.
As luck would have it, they had the perfect batik for my backing in the Quilt in a Day store (and it was only $8 per yard - a steal for batiks these days!).
I'm hoping to be able to drop this one off with the quilter at the beginning of July along with my Easy Street top which has been laying in my sewing room floor for ages.
My second project for the weekend was my Celtic Solstice. I started by piecing the 40 blocks with the 4 patches.
I managed to finish all of these and then moved on to finishing my chevron pieces for the alternate blocks. I did take a break to lay out the two setting options and gather opinions from my friends.
Three votes for option one, one for option two (the original layout). I'm still torn...I really don't like the lack of contrast in the center of the stars in the first option so I am leaning toward option two. I suppose I still time - I still have 150 chevrons to make before I need to make a decision. I know what I am working on at the next retreat!