Everywhere I've lived there has been a "fifth" season. In Chicago, it was late spring and Construction Season; in San Diego, it was that summer for locals started in late August, when the water truly warms up and the tourists go home. While this particular trend is just taking hold among quilters on the West Coast, it seems southern quilters have long enjoyed a "Quilting Retreat Season."
At guild last month at the sign-in table, I posed this question: If you went on a one-month quilt retreat- what would you hope to accomplish? (If you didn't write anything down, think about it now, out loud, what you would have written?)
By stating your intent, you've taken the very first step in moving forward. If you're not planning to attend retreat with friends, you can certainly try to set aside some time at home to duplicate the experience. It might mean cooking meals in advance or trading babysitting time with a friend. My personal answer to the retreat question was to "Learn to use the line drawing function in Photoshop and finish my third Louisiana wildlife piece." It will definitely take me longer than a four-day retreat to accomplish this, but in a moment of complete fancy, I spoke from my heart. What is on your Quilt Bucket List?? Carpe diem ----
I'd love to hear your suggestions-think "River City begins with me."
See you soon, Renee