Sunday, March 29, 2015

Retreat Love!

 I was all set up and ready to go! I was at the end of a table, which I love! I love sitting next to Trish! She's an incredible quilter and creates some amazing bags! Here's a couple of them. I am sure the colours are not quite right, but you can imagine the work that went into these!

When we arrived, our seats were marked by these cute little treats! I  understand that Trish and Michelle worked on these! Michelle also had a Fabric Bingo game for us! Wish I would have taken a photo of the cards! What a clever idea! (lots of work though I am sure and much appreciated! Thanks ladies!)


Our room was off the lobby. See the chair with the black sweater? That's MINE!!! ALL MINE Bwahhhh haaaa haaaaa!

Beautiful colors! Forgive me for forgetting the name of the quilter who made these! Phyllis' daughter!

Vera's gorgeous quilt for her mom-in-law! Love the rich colors in this!

Vera's next project. All from her stash!

  1. Three baby quilts in one weekend! WOW! Now she's Val is one prolific quilter!

Phyllis and her daughter just came back from a cold retreat in Vermont! Not to worry! They were all bundled up for the retreat, but the snow surrounded them! Take a look at the beautiful quilt that Phyllis completed! I can just imagine this on a comfy, poufy bed with lots of pillows! 
"Can you bring me my slippers my dear?" with a bejeweled hand directing him!

Phyllis was so worried about this horse! She didn't start the outlining at this point -- but it's just breathtaking already! She was working this into a place mat for her brother who loves horses! She kept at it and sat across from me. She stuck with it and the end result was worth it! 

Here's what I found at the Sugar Pine Company on our way home! Now I know how to to it!

Of course while you are shopping for that "one" thing, there are those other "things" that jump out at you and have to follow you home!  Look at those weenie scissors! I'm going to put those right into the hexies kit! It has a little cover that you just pull from the handle and cover the tips! (P,S. I think I have a scissor addiction along with my fabric addiction, my thread addiction.....)

Phyllis' daughter whipped up this cute little tea towel for Easter! Look at the cute little tail!

Cindy and Karen also had a little store set up! I took myself right over to the table to "look". You know what that's like! The looking turns into fabric fondling, and then you start a little pile of things you just "HAVE TO HAVE"...then out comes the wallet! I couldn't resist getting a couple of those tea towel kits! One's "carrots" and the other I think are "eggs". Just something little to whip up before next weekend for a hostess gift!

I couldn't walk away from the bright coloured fabric! I had my little ironing station set up beside me. I brought my trusty Mary Ellen's Best Press! I found the little bottle put out a great little mist for those smaller pieces that you need to starch!

The moral to my story -- take a look at your sewing machine carefully BEFORE you leave! I didn't have much chance to do much more than piecing a bit. I had my walking foot on my machine. Of course I had to take the shank piece off that you snap your feet on -- AND I didn't  pack that little piece! I was pouting a bit -- but made the best on it and finished all my blocks for my scrap quilt! Another hour or so and I should have a top ready for Karen to long-arm! YEAH!

 Check out my Retreat Packing List ! I think I need to update it!
                Love the colors of Michelle's baby quilt!
Cheeky little whales are grinning!
Michelle is quilting up a storm for all those Spring babies!

We played "Name the Block" -- I guessed 6 out of 12! Look what I won! Little chocolates, a mini charm pack, some needles and chocolate goodness! Look at the cute little carrier! 
How delightful!

Check out Nimble Thimbles Quilt Club on Facebook! It's quite the place to visit and be inspired!

PS -- and a great BIG thank you to Michelle's hubby who set up hours and hours
 of music for us to sew by! Such a change from another retreat I went to with head
banger music blasting me out of my seat !

I felt just like a weekend binge to Vegas!

Now repeat after me..... "What happens at RETREAT ... STAYS AT RETREAT!!!"
My thanks to Nimble Thimbles Quilt Club, Cindy, Karen, Michelle and Trish 
..and everyone else who put so much time and work into this Retreat
 to make it a wonderful weekend!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great share of your retreat. I'm going to check out your packing list - it's been a while since I went on a retreat!