Wow, it has been a long break I've taken here from blogging! I was kept pretty busy during January rehearsing for a mystery play, written by MisterStitches himself! It was done locally, at Gualala Arts Center, as a dinner theater. One scene was performed, then people were given appetizer, then another scene, followed by a salad, yadda, yadda, yadda.
That was a very busy time, with rehearsals every day and sometimes on weekends. We had lots of visitors for the play, too. DaughterStitches and family (3), SonStitches and family (3), MomStitches (1), and some friendStitches (2). (Did that last thing work?!?)
Immediately after the play--the very next day--MomStitches and I left for my guild's annual retreat, held in beautiful downtown Healdsburg, at a very nice hotel. It was fun having MomStitches with me this year. So along with the play, I had a lot of work to do getting the retreat ready, too. I would set my timer for 30 minutes and practice my lines. Then I'd set it for 30 minutes and work on retreat stuff. Repeat, yadda, yadda, yadda.
I took some preparatory pictures, mostly of the car as MisterStitches had packed it for us, so we would be able to get everything back into the car for the trip home.
As you can see, just about every square inch of space was used. And I'm very glad I took these photos, as they definitely helped us pack the car for the trip home!
Here is a photo of the 24 of us together, just before dinner on the last night. (I'm actually missing one person, in case you counted, as she had to leave early. Next year, note to self to take group photo on a night when everyone is there!)
This is one of the projects I worked on at retreat. Quilting this comfort quilt. I had found these blocks already sewn, in our guild's fanny basket. So I put them together, added a couple borders and did the quilting at retreat.
Of course, I forgot to take photos of most of the little personal touches I provided at the retreat, like the pretty ribbon bookmark/paper clips, and the signs labelling each table as "Jan's Creative Space." They liked those. And I also had some print-outs placed in various places around the room, and I do have photos some of them.
I usually have some optional projects for people to work on at retreat, if they feel like it. The first one was this apron made out of a man's shirt. Some of the people made these.
And this is a quick quilt-as-you-go table runner.