I always have enjoyed reading about quilting retreats but never have gone on any. Here in Sunflower our guild has retreats every other year mostly because they are a lot of work. This is our third year down here and this year I am able to go! YEY!!!
I guess they have been doing them for over twelve years and have it down to a science. I guess there is even a book or manual should present organizers retire from this project. I would just like to share my experiences with you all.
The retreat is actually held at a church about 5 minutes away. So convenient that some slipped out for a few hours if needed. We had 18 quilters participate and 2 event leaders. We were put into one of three groups. Each group had to bring an iron, ironing board, extension cord and power strip. We gathered up our sunflower quilters stuff and someone brought that. Cutting boards, rotary cutters with new blades, rulers of all shapes and sizes, and our accu cut machine with a new die cube we just purchased for everyone to play with. Each group was also assigned a meal to set up, finish preparing and clean up. We had a great kitchen with two dishwashers. We had a itinerary with times and what was planned. Leaders got all the food (too much but each time the reduce it) so it was well planned and organized.
As quilters we could bring anything to work on. Lots of different projects going on, laying out of blocks and plenty of options on what or how it should be done. I put my Bonnie Hunter Mystery on hold to sew the main blocks together at this retreat. 50 of them, at first I thought never will I get them all done. There was also a lot of socializing and getting to know other quilters a little more in depth and of course common discussion.
We began early Friday morning, 8:30 setup time and breakfast at 9. We all arrived with our “personal stuff”, and set up at a table. It was 3 to a table. We were greeted with a wonderful small quilted gift. After all we’re set up and everyone was hooked up to power we had a small breakfast. 930 we started our sewing.
I guess as with any retreat, lots of sewing, conversations, opinions and FOOD! It seemed like we were eating all the time. But it was all good!
Here is our big room. We usually have a small room and it gets quite noisy, but this was so nice.
Cutting area and at far end was bin of scraps and the accu cutter to play with.
These were busy and just the right amount..no waiting. One quilter also made 2 gallons of homemade Best press and we loaded up our spray bottles.
So above are our leaders in our game of the day. It was a white elephant game. You were to bring something you had and would like to get yourselves, out it in a brown bag. We all got a number and went in order, picked a bag, opened it and showed it to all. Next person did the same, but could steal that one or anyone else’s or pick a bag. So what you picked someone else could have taken it. It was lots of fun. I picked a LED headlight to do hand stitching or anything. Perfect for me, but I ended up with 2 fat quarters red hatter material which also was very cool.
We had our supper and some had enough and left. I stayed until 7pm. Back was getting a bit sore and I was pleased with my sewing progress. I was able to lay flat on floor a few times and stretch out.
We returned the following morning for breakfast and sewing. We had our lunch of leftovers and still more leftover so we all got to take 3-4 bags of leftover food items. Someone also brought in some fresh grapefruit…they are so big and fresh down here. I have been looking forward to them.
We had sort of a quilt show and some show and tell. I brought in my daughters “Packer Celtic Solstice” I made a few years ago.
(No this is not snow in AZ…old pic)
And yes I got all 50 blocks done. I did play with accu cutter as I cut several scraps into triangles and squares most of Saturday afternoon.
Here is some other picture candy.
We had one final game. Sort of a dice game. Three dice. One with L, R, C or *. We all had three fat quarters, shook the dice. And L meant pass one to the left, R to the right, C to the Center and * you keep it. You play until one person has a fat quarter in their hand. So fun…
Guess who won…ME!
We all had so much fun! I also got to take home the scrap bin as I am known as the scrap queen. I love it! All scrap batik fabrics!
So I spent Sunday sorting them by color and some by potential sewing projects! Now I have a better stash down here!
Here is today’s finish. Quilted and binding applied…next charity quilt. Reminds me of a book I read to my girls Mr. Downs and balloons.
Hope you enjoyed!