All-in-all, I had a very productive retreat with one complete baby top and two throws only lacking borders.
But first, let me tell you about my Love-Hate relationship with half-square triangles. I love the sparkle they give to stars. I love the way they can direct your attention in a certain direction. I love that they are fabulous receptacles for scraps and there are so many different ways to make them. BUT I am SO dyslexic when it comes to HSTs. (And, for the record, not much better with light/dark 4 patches that need to form a chain!)
Well, my Jacob's Ladder quilt has both HSTs and 4Ps! I can't tell you how many times I had to grab Jack (the Ripper). The pieces and parts were building on my design wall for the entire week. I saw it every time I entered the sewing room. I stared at it as I sewed. Can you see the problem above?
I caught that one, but there were many, many more. Imagine my chagrin as I was stitching the last long seams ...
No matter how many times I chanted "the gold needs to kiss," I still blew it over and over. Fortunately this was easily fixed and I'm only two long seams from a finish.
The baby quilt made from the Anne of Green Gables fabric is a neat design, but I doubt I'll use a wonky setting like this gain any time soon.
The last project for the week just "happened." I was looking through this book for inspiration ...
... and found a design using neutral string-pieced squares. I happened to have a large collection of neutral string squares I made years ago so it didn't take long to mobilize.
I have plans to add a border, though it is big enough now as it is.
Like I said, my Stay-at-Home Retreat was a success -- and I even cooked dinner every day!