Sunday, September 30, 2012

Retreat at home - part 1

You know how sometimes everything just gets a bit much? You're working too hard, you have worries, you're waking up at 4 am after just 3 hours' sleep with your mind and heart racing, and you haven't had any time to do exercise or sewing in a fortnight thanks to crazy 11 hour work days?

Well that all happened to me, and so I put my foot down. This weekend, which happened to be a long weekend, was declared to be a "Retreat at Home".

Friday night Critron - approaching the finish line

On Friday night we caught up on some TV shows and drank copious cups of tea while I worked on the longest ongoing crochet project ever, my Critron shawl. I'm almost there, but not quite. I suspect I may actually never be there.

Backing for Monique's quilt

Saturday morning I sewed together the backing for a quilt. I like the harlequin effects of it.

Attempting to baste on the dining room table

Then I was a smartarse and tried pin basting the quilt sandwich on the dining room table. The middle section came out beautifully, but not so much the outer borders. Back to the floor, with a roll of duct tape, I go.

Hexy MF and the AFL grand final

The AFL grand final was on Saturday afternoon. A few weeks ago I finished all 72 Hexy MF flower blocks, and now I'm slowly sewing them all together. What a great game it was, too. Even if my team weren't playing.

Brunch at Pulp Kitchen

This morning was set aside for the traditional birthday swim with the girls, followed by a birthday brunch. I was thoroughly spoiled. Also Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie does the BEST BREAKFAST EVER. People! Streaky bacon! Lyonnaise potatoes! I was in heaven.

Back home, I pulled the vomitous scrap stash out and pressed it, then spent an hour or so cutting it into 2.5 inch squares for a Scrap Vomit swap I am part of.

Scrap Vomit - 25 down

 So much fun. I will never look at scraps the same way again. I've cut half (have to cut 49 for each swap) and I have heaps leftover for my own squares. I only stopped because a) I needed a cup of tea and b) my right leg was feeling more numb than it usually is (surgery side effect. Fun) from standing too long.

The best thing about my retreat at home? It's only half over! I still have another day and a half to quilt, baste, sew, cut, go to the movies and have another swim. Also, I'm getting more than 3 hours of sleep at night.

Hope everyone's having a fabulous weekend as well!


  1. Your at home retreat sounds wonderful, you're getting heaps done and relaxing at the same time, win win!

    Happy Birthday to you, seems like you share a Birthday with my youngest who has been enjoying being King for a day. May the rest of your day be as awesome as the start of it has been :-)

    1. Thanks Leonie! It was actually on Wednesday but I was too busy at work to indulge in a birthday swim and brunch. And you know me - love the Festival of Michelle that comes once a year!

  2. A happy happy birthday - now get back to that retreating....

  3. OMG, is Pulp Kitchen doing brunch again???

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAYPALOOZA!!!! Surely it's a palooza when it's longer than a day?
    I'm thinking that I should have joined in that scrap vomit swap just to get rid of some really ugly stuff teehee!
    Maybe we could do a little blog challenge and get everyone to pick the five ugliest fabrics from the stash to blog about.

  5. haha, duct tape! I do that too, and every time I think "there has to be a better way" ... let me know when you find it and enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

  6. Happy Birthday! Those scraps look amazing! Can't wait to see what you get back, what will you make? Have you got a design worked out yet?

  7. I love a holiday-at-home! Especially when it involves a yum cafe breakfast! Hope you had a lovely rest of the weekend!

  8. Happy Birthday! Sounds like the perfect long weekend.

  9. Down with the hat. I crochet now Critront. Did you finish it since then?


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