Or should I say easier!  Second time around for what?  Second time to go on the Bloggerati Retreat.  You may remember before going last year there was a little bit of anguish which you can read about it here.  This year, it was so much easier.  I think that having it in the same place really helped as I now knew the hotel, where to park, where the rooms were and some of those attending.  It was great to meet old friends, get to know acquaintances from last year better and to meet and make new friends too.

Life has been rather hectic so I really appreciated having that time just to concentrate on sewing.  It was a really productive couple of days.  Here is a quick summary of my highlights:

First, I transformed a practice piece of quilting into two cat beds. One UFO ticked off the list!

Next was a WIP, 2 patch units were sewn into 4 patch units and trimmed.  Remember these, they will be returning.

First attempt at curved piecing.

And all that was on the first day!  On the second day I did finish binding a quilt but as it’s not for me, I’ve not got photos of it to show yet.  It was then straight on to finishing a second quilt.  This one needed layering, quilting and binding.

This is a quilt going for Care Leavers.  I’d picked up some orphan blocks from the last retreat and put them together.  This year, it has gone back as a complete quilt.  That was my second day.  The third day was back to the four patch blocks.  Do you remember them?  They went from four patches to sixteen patches and then were teamed up with fabric left over from a quilt back.

That’s one of the huge benefits of going on retreat.  You can bounce ideas off each other and benefit from each other’s experience.  This quilt top took a completely different direction to that which I thought it would go, all thanks to the input gained from the other quilters.  That being able to share ideas and techniques means you come home energised with lots of creative ideas.  It’s just as well as I have this beautiful pack of fat quarters from The Craft Cotton Co. to use. What would you make?