Prep Prep Prep

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I've spent so much time cutting out and prepping for retreats that I think Shadow is putting his paw down on my overtime at my cutting table. You can see I'm making a right mess while I'm at it.This is just one of the quilts I'm getting ready to make. I wanted to learn machine applique and that is what this quilt is all about. Of course my version will be very scrappy.
I'm using some reproduction quarter cuts I've had for a bit and have been waiting for just the right project.
And I'm adding some stripes, dots and checks into the mix. I'm starting to feel uncertain about the outcome at this stage because there is just so much going on. But then, that is what I'm all about.
But pieces! My heavens. There are almost 800 cut pieces in this quilt and the prep has taken so much time! Having a successful time at a retreat is all about the prep I think. Making sure I've got all my components and I'm ready to hit the ground running is essential. It is time consuming but that is time at the retreat I'll be sewing instead of cutting. I'm really wanting to come home with projects that I can quickly complete and leave no new UFOs.

-nanette
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29 comments

That Girl said...

Oh my that is a lot of cutting! That is going to be an awesome quilt though... I love your fabric choices.

Jennifer :)

Nedra said...

The Slice and Dice looks like a fun quilt. You really have had a lot of prep work with all the classes you are taking. You're almost there!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

wow, that is a lot of cutting!! But it will be wonderful and you are right, now you can sew and not cut at the retreat.

SueWis said...

Oooh, circles! Can't wait to see your finished quilt. I think scrappy will be a nice look for this pattern.

Shari said...

Retreats are definitely all about the prep work - well worth it! Your fabrics are fabulous! Can't wait to see it...

Have a great, productive time at your retreat - and have fun too of course!

Kim Walus said...

I'm grateful for my day off to prepare too for teaching my class and getting some projects together for me to sew. I've also been working on a fun little gift for my class. I look forward to seeing you at the retreat. See ya soon!

Pat said...

WOW....that is a LOT of prep....but, as you say, certainly worth having it done in advance. I'm sure your scrappy version of that quilt will be wonderful!!!

Kim D. said...

Looking good, you do a lot of prep work, such a good idea. I have a retreat this coming weekend also and I'm planning on finishing some UFO's. Thankfully I don't have as much prep work. Enjoy the retreat.

Brandie said...

Have fun at the retreat. I can't wait to see your scrappy version.

Lynn said...

800 pieces!!! Can't wait to see more of it.

kpaints said...

That is truly amazing, I can't even fathom cutting that many pieces! Love the quilt you chose to make and I love how you are just going willy nilly with the patterns! I bet it will be great, can't wait to see it.

Rita said...

Do you know what kind of dog you have? Isn't he wonderful! My daughter has the same kind of dog but we do not know the breed. We love her dog so much.

Paula said...

All the prep work will be SO worth it. Have a great time!!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Nanette, after doing the show this weekend, I would love to be on the retreat with you girls. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous all scrapy and sew you. Have fun and now I'm off to real more on what you been up to.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Cathi said...

That looks like it's going to be a fabulous quilt!! I can't wait to see your progress on it!

Mel said...

I always love how your fabric combos turn out - I'm sure this quilt will be stunning!

Can't wait to see the results!!

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like you have it all under control Nanette. I can't wait to see what you get made at retreat!

Jan said...

I'm "bowing" down before you Nanette cuz "whow, that's a lot of cutting!" Great job ... I adore the pattern and can't wait to see your version come to life :) Love those little bags below too! Adorable :) Have a wonderful time!

Rae Ann said...

I have been doing the same thing Nanette, but getting my missionary son ready to send off the same day has been a bit of a challenge. I hope I only hope will be ready for the retreat!
I love your darling quilt that you will be working on!
I'm having a FUN GIVEAWAY. Be sure to come over and check it out.

Sherri said...

Your stack of fabrics is going to be amazing in that pattern!

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Nanette, that quilt is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see it.
Have a good time at retreat!

Kelly L. said...

I have to agree. I took me also a week of cutting to prepare for a four day retreat. Everyone is amazed as to what I can accomplish when I'm there. I always afraid with too much talking and fun going on that I will cut something the wrong size anyway!

Trisha said...

What a great quilt and it will be fun now that you have all the busy work done. I like to prep for retreats too. Prepping would suck all the time out of the retreat. I like to "get my money's worth" and feel like I got a lot done by the time I come home. Have fun!

pratima said...

oh, Shadow is so cute! He looks quite relaxed despite the buzzling activities around him.
You've been a busy bee, Nanette :)
I just Love the pattern you are attempting. Love your fabrics as always!
I can't wait to see your finished projects.

jandidean said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Nanette! I just happened to stumble onto your blog by seeing the title "Dollhouse Potholder".. So, being a doll collector, I HAD to see what THAT was about!.. And I was not at all disappointed with what I came to find! LOVE the potholder, and while crocheting is my specialty, I still love to dabble with my sewing machine too! Your work is beautiful, and a real inspiration! Nice to meet you today! ~tina

Pots and Pins said...

Okay Nanette, this is getting scary...I too have a Shihtzu/poodle mix!!! Do you suppose we're twins who were separated at birth?!? I hope so! Shadow is darling, but I must tell you your parchesi project stole my heart! And your 800 pieces project...of course that's just crazy but what a wonderful quilt it will make! Have a great, great time...sister! xo, The Other Nanette

Julia said...

It's going to be gorgeous Nanette..
Prep work takes up so much time..but then you be able to sew to your hearts content!
Julia ♥

Cathie in UT said...

Yikes! You better really like that quilt in the end. LOL
your puppy is a doll and I think my family wonders if I am really a SAHM or an all over the place mom! LOL