Monthly Archives: October 2009

Fall Retreat

This past weekend I went to the Quilted Kitty’s Fall Retreat. This was my first ever quilting retread & I had a blast! I can’t wait to go on more of these!

We stayed at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, NE which reminded me so much of Glen Lake camp that I attended as a kid. We had the beautiful lodge below to ourselves. Up stairs was full of tables so each quilter could spread out her project. There was a mini kitchen as well as a design wall & plenty of ironing boards. I set up my spot right by the HUGE stone fireplace! Downstairs were the rooms with our bunks which stayed nice & cool through the evening.

Here are some views from the back of the lodge:

The camp had wonderful Adirondack chairs on the deck to relax on & watch the deer!

The purpose of the retreat was to get some quilting done & I have to say I was very successful! I chose to bring a project I haven’t looked at since we lived in Alaska- figuring the weekend would give me time to focus on figuring out where I was & what I needed to do. I didn’t finish the quilt top, but I got a lot of blocks finished. Only 16 more to go! (In a quilt that has over 200 blocks, I’m doing pretty well.)

The quilt shop workers had a puzzle going on one of the tables, which of course I couldn’t stay away from. It was a great distraction when I needed a break from triangles!

There were optional projects to complete- a fall wall hanging & a Christmas surprise. I loved the fact that there wasn’t any pressure to participate- so I continued to work on my UFO.

There were some optional games- a decorate your bunk contest & fancy slipper contest! Both were fun & had some creative entrants! There was also a game of QUILTO which I won some fat quarters (think BINGO with quilting terms).

The food was fantastic! It was served up in the dining hall so it gave us a chance to get some fresh air. I don’t think I’ve eaten so many sweets in quite a while!

At the closing brunch I won the cute table centerpiece that was a quilted basket full of fun notions! I can’t wait to try out the 60wt thread & the thread heaven!

The most amazing part of the retreat where the other ladies. I’ve never been with a group of such great women! They were all supportive and encouraging. Even though I was so tired from the weekend (napped for 5 hrs after getting home, ate dinner & went straight to bed), I feel so refreshed & excited to quilt! I can’t wait for the spring retreat!

A Quilting Kaleidoscope

There once was 4 yds of yellow fabric that had purple & pink flowers on it. Young girl inherited this fabric & thought it was the ugliest fabric imaginable- you see young girl had a very different outlook on fabrics from her mother.
So ugly fabric sat in closets & moved from apartment to apartment in Texas. Somehow ugly fabric even managed to follow her to Alaska. (Young girl did not understand how this happened- maybe it was in a box mailed by a dear sister?)While in Alaska young girl saw an amazing quilt on display at her LQS based on the One Block Wonder. She knew she had to make it! She quickly signed up for the class & while reading the supply list realized she needed 4 yards of 1 fabric. Young girl was trying desparately to pay down debt & did think she could afford that. Sadly she went home and decided to look in her closet. After going through fat quarter after fat quarters, she thought she was going to have to spend the money. Then she saw some ugly yellow fabric peeking at her from the closet floor! She snatched the 4 yards from the closet abyss and was eagerly hoping this would work. After making some measurements she decided it would!

Young girl then went to read her book before class & realized what perfect fabric this was! There were 3 main colors (purple, pink & green), one one solid background (that ugly yellow) & the leaves provided “movement.” She couldn’t believe her luck!
Class turned out great & young girl sewed & sewed & sewed. The arranged, rearranged & rearranged until it was perfect. She found great complimentary border fabrics at the LQS & in the end, she was mostly amazed at how she made an ugly fabric into a beautiful quilt!