A Home Retreat

This fall I considered going on a self-retreat. I usually go up to Lake Tahoe. The prices are reasonable in the fall, and it is one of my favorite places to visit. But for some reason I really didn’t want to leave home for a week. So I decided to do a home retreat. This takes a bit of discipline and preparation. I try to cook food ahead of time so I don’t have to spend time cooking. I also make a schedule for myself, and try to stick to that schedule to accomplish what I want to do during the retreat. The purpose of this retreat was both spiritual and creative. My goal was to spend a couple of hours in the morning reading and praying, and then work on a specific project in the afternoon. The project I chose was  what I call “the water quilt.” Remember when I dyed all that silk organza? I had the idea that it might be used to represent water. I already had a verse chosen for it. It amazes me how much I got done by limiting myself to one project for that week!

Here is the water quilt.

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After I took this picture, I washed and blocked it. This technique I learned from a collage quilt artist a long time ago. You do tight stitches around the border of each component, and then sometimes a nice velvety looking fringe appears. I thought that might add to the look of the rocks. Here are the pictures after it was washed:

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All in all, it was a very successful home retreat!

Here are a couple of other things I was doing before the retreat–I finished another quilt top, and I have been spinning quite a bit of fiber. So fun!

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I hope you all have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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5 thoughts on “A Home Retreat

  1. I like that you do at-home retreats. I don’t have the self-discipline to do that, but I can admire from afar those who do. I have to say I literally LOL’d at “It amazes me how much I got done by limiting myself to one project for that week” – ONE PROJECT? I wish I could do that but I have SQUIRREL! brain and keep jumping from one project to another, to another, and back again.

    The quilt turned out so lovely and I like that technique around the rocks, very cool. Also, your spun yarn is really pretty! What are you going to make with it?

  2. Love this Debby! I love your work. I would love to be able to do a retreat at home, if I could only get rid of the people! Lol. I love your new white quilt-a plus is all that great space for quilting.

  3. What a lovely idea Debby. I am going to plan a home retreat early next year, to recover from an overseas trip and the Christmas/New Year busyness. I will be ready for calm and controlled sewing by then.

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