Long time blog readers will remember when we had monthly Quiltathons. A quiltathon is simply a weekend (or whatever days) we set aside each month and we quilt til we cannot quilt any more! This is not a quilt along where I share a pattern with you – this would be when you work on anything you want to work on . . just kind of a time when we’re all quilting at the same time and discussing our efforts. Obviously, not everyone will be available for every quiltathon but I will alternate scheduling weekends/weekdays so hopefully everyone can find time to join us.
Here’s how it works. The dates are announced and prior to the Quiltathon, we try to get laundry done, shopping done, meals cooked ahead . . whatever we can do to free up our time so we can hibernate in our studio/sewing room.
Since I can pretty much put off everything except eating/providing meals for Vince, I concentrate on getting meals done ahead of time. I may season up a chicken so all I have to do is stick it in the oven with potatoes to bake and then go back to sewing. I may make a big pot of gumbo or soup ahead of time. That’s about the only thing I really concern myself with is getting food done. We can go several days without doing laundry or I can start a load in the morning and stick it in the dryer when I’m back in the house for lunch. The trick for you is to figure out what works for you. At the end of each Quiltathon day there will be a link box to share what you’ve accomplished. You do not have to have a blog but it would be nice if you want to share what you’ve done. Again, no one has to report in. I don’t even have to know you’re participating but it’s more fun if there’s some chatter going on.
These are the dates I’ve set aside for next year and I’ll add them to the sidebar for easy reference.
2017 Quiltathon Dates:
- January 5 – 8 (Thursday – Sunday)
- February 8 – 11 (Wednesday – Saturday)
- March 24 – 27 (Friday – Monday)
- April 3 – 6 (Monday – Thursday)
- May 18 – 21 (Thursday – Sunday)
- June 18 – 21 (Sunday – Wednesday)
- July 21 – 24 (Friday – Monday)
- August 20 – 23 (Sunday – Wednesday)
- September 14 – 17 (Thursday – Sunday)
- October 4 – 7 (Wednesday – Saturday)
- November 10 – 13 (Friday – Monday)
- December 6 – 9 (Wednesday – Saturday)
As far as a Quilt Along, there may be a time when I share a pattern . . maybe the cabin pattern, but right now I need to ease back into quilting and I’m not ready to make the commitment to writing a pattern and sharing that. Maybe later . . I think it was the pressure of deadlines that caused me to walk away from quilting and I don’t want to jump in and wish I hadn’t.