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.
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.
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.
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.
The sashing is a really pretty green. I think it ties them together perfectly.
Aren’t the colors pretty?
Somebody put a lot of work into the quilt. I’m glad they are finally getting made into a quilt.
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.
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.
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!