A Quilting Retreat

I hosted a quilting retreat for my mom and our friends. This is the fourth time we’ve done this retreat. You can read about the others at the links below.

June Retreat

September Retreat Part 1

September Retreat Part 2

January Retreat

I thought this retreat was going to be a disaster. We’ve had it planned since January and I had reserved the club room in our building. On my birthday in March, I got an email from the building’s management company telling me that the power would be off that day to do electrical maintenance. I freaked. I was so disappointed, mad, upset, frustrated, etc. Luckily, my sister lives in town so we decided to move the retreat there. Then, a couple of weeks later, they decided to move the electrical maintenance to a weekday, so it was back on at my place and the crisis was averted.

I wish I could put into words how much I love spending time with these ladies. I was so excited that I could hardly sleep…and I think there were a few others who were just as excited as I was. Thank you Mom and Debbie for being the link between us all.

On Friday night, it was just a few of us. Mom and my aunt didn’t get there until later. Becky and Marilyn arrived early and we started visiting and sewing. I invited a resident from the building, Susan, who I knew quilted and sewed. She joined us on Friday night and was on a tight deadline. Her great-granddaughter’s baby shower was the next afternoon and she was trying to finish a quilt! She got it done the next day and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a picture of it, but it was pink and colorful and beautiful. She had appliqued two large flower on it and the baby’s name using her embroidery machine with a really pretty satin stitch. Susan, if you ever read this, I’m so glad you were able to join us! We had so much fun with you!

On Saturday, everybody arrived early and we got right to it. Debbie was working on a couple of things. She had pieced and sandwiched this quilt before hand and was free motion quilting it.

Debbie's Quilt


She has taken part of Angela Walters’ class on Craftsy. I’m definitely going to take that class now. She was doing amazing things.



I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pebble quilting and I really like the bigger circles surrounded by the little pebbles. I’m going to have to try that.



Her swirls are beautiful. I haven’t tried swirls yet, but they’re definitely on my list.

Debbie also pieced a top while at the retreat. She had found the embroidered state bird blocks at an antique shop. the funny part: She got them for a discount because there was only 48.

Get it?

The person gave her a discount because there were only 48 blocks and there are 50 states.

There are 50 states NOW…

But there wasn’t when those blocks were embroidered.


State Bird Quilt


The sashing is a really pretty green. I think it ties them together perfectly.

State Bird Quilt


Aren’t the colors pretty?

Kansas Bird


Somebody put a lot of work into the quilt. I’m glad they are finally getting made into a quilt.

Missouri Bird


Debbie was busy and she accomplished a lot.

Somehow, I managed to take less pictures that I did last time. I don’t have a pictures of the two robes my mom and I made. I don’t have a picture of the churn dash blocks she finished. I don’t have a picture of the four bags Kim made. Yes, four! She’s a machine. Marilyn was working on hand work. Becky had quilts she was binding, but I managed not to get a picture of those either. I suck. Cec was working on paper piecing for a class she is teaching soon…no pictures of that either. BUT! I did get a picture of Derenda…and it’s not blurry!



I LOVE that bag. This group makes so many bags that I might start calling us the Schlep Bag Ladies.

Oh…Mom had a show and tell. She made a Twister wreath.



I don’t know how I managed to get a pictures, but I did. And she’s posing…although I cut off her head.

Marilyn and Becky did the KC Shop Hop on Friday. Marilyn made sure to keep at least one shop in business for another month.

Shop Hop Fabric


That’s a lot of fabric…I’m jealous.

It was a fantastic weekend. I was so busy enjoying it that I forgot to take a lot of pictures, but I did get some.

Mom and DebbieThose two are the reason we are all together. I love you, Mom and Debbie!

Derenda and Cec


Derenda and Cec obviously weren’t looking at my camera.

That’s really all of the photos I got. Well, almost all of them.

These ladies are wonderful. Amazing. Beautiful. Sweet. Nice. Kind. Awesome. Cool. I could go on…

They were all so helpful and they didn’t have to, but they brought me goodies for hosting.



Derenda went all out on the packaging of hers. They know I like chevrons…



Seriously…how nice is this?



More chevrons…they know what I like. And solids. The file has a tape measure print on it.



Are you seeing a theme? Gah! I LOVE chevrons.



Seriously? How nice is that?! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! Plus they brought food and goodies and wine. These ladies are outstanding and I can’t wait to see them again in June at Marilyn’s house!


  1. Kim’s avatar

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
    We all had such an awesome time, it was so nice and relaxing and fun and productive and … I could go on and on.
    We all love your building, your apartment is SOOOO PRETTY!!! And the room we hung in was just perfect.
    So there’s all that … then there was some DELICIOUS food! From the casserole to the roast/potatoes to the desserts and all the tasty snacks. (I want the recipe to that casserole!)
    Thanks again, you’re such a sweetie, and Andrew is great too! So glad to have met him and your sister and her fiance.
    So, we’re coming back this weekend, right? 🙂


    1. Lesley’s avatar

      THANK YOU! I wish you were all coming back this weekend!

      Sour Cream Enchiladas

      Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
      Spray baking dish (9×13) with non-stick spray.
      Lay six corn tortillas on the bottom.
      Spread one can of chicken over the tortillas.
      Mix up 8 oz. of sour cream and one can of cream of chicken soup.
      Pour half of the mixture over the chicken.
      Pour one small can of diced green chiles over the mixture.
      Top with some shredded cheese.
      Layer again. (I don’t put as much cheese on top because I worry about it browning.)
      Bake for one hour.


    2. Debbie Meador’s avatar

      Well it’s unanimous, we all had a great time. You were a fabulous host and the accommodations were perfect! As always, I’m looking so forward to our next retreat because spending time with a everyone is so much fun and truly inspirational!


    3. Becky’s avatar

      Yes, you did plan a great retreat. I came home with the gift I got you. I could snail mail it and see if it takes a month to get there like the X block. Thank you for hosting a terrific retreat and look forward to seeing everyone again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


      1. Lesley’s avatar

        Becky! You didn’t have to do that! None of you did. Haha…you never know with USPS. Thank you all so much for helping out and for an AWESOME weekend!


      2. Kim’s avatar

        I made the chicken enchiladas last Sunday – they are great! and I’ve had them for lunch yesterday and today. Definitely something I’ll make again.
        Have a great day!



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