A Hasty Retreat

I’m calling it that because it flew by so fast!

I spent last weekend at a quilter’s retreat way out in the country at the cutest little B&B. Nine wonderful quilty ladies, plus the lady who organized it (Tammy, who also runs the local quilt shop), and me (the workshop teacher) were in attendance.

Let me just say we had a blast. What can be bad about quilting and laughing for an entire weekend? I can’t think of anything.

We started out Friday evening with a good warm meal, introductions, and individual show & tell. Like this bargello quilt of Rita’s . . .

. . . and Linda D.’s Rag Quilt . . .

. . . and this lovely by Cathy . . .

Then Linda D. talked about her Breast Cancer Pillow Purse project, and showed us how her group makes the Pillow Purses, and handed out kits so we could all make some to help them out. I’ll post more about that separately. It’s a great project, so it deserves its own post so I can tell you more.

We stayed up late sewing, but got up the next morning to a breakfast of warm homemade cinnamon rolls and hot coffee, and set right in with the workshop. I taught my newest pattern, Scrappy Wild Geese, designed specifically for this workshop at the request of the attendees. I thought it went really well.

There was cutting going on in the kitchen . . .

. . . sewing in the living room . . .

ironing by the staircase . . .

sewing in the dining room . . .

. . . we were everywhere, having a blast, and quilting away! Fantastic day.

Everyone got at least one block finished. Our record holder was Cathy, who finished 9 blocks! Here’s everyone with their favorite finished block, posing with me on the stairwell. I’m so proud of them all.

We were served glorious homecooked meals the entire time by Tammy, the owner of Quilted Square, who sponsored the retreat. She just worked herself silly feeding us all and taking such good care of us. After homemade lasagna for dinner Saturday night, we all settled in for a Jelly Roll Race, to make quilt tops for Project Linus.

I had never participated in a Jelly Roll Race before, and it was a blast. Who knew you could whip out a quilt top so quickly? We had 10 finished quilt tops for Project Linus in under 90 minutes!

This was also the very first quilt top that Linda S., our group’s novice, had ever completed, and she was so proud of herself. We voted to let her keep her quilt top for herself. We couldn’t bring ourselves to make her give it away, since it was so special to her! Tammy is going to help her get it finished, and Linda has promised it will always be a special quilt to her forever.

We once again stayed up until the wee hours quilting and socializing, and Sunday morning came all too soon. We got up and had a relaxing morning with some more of those cinnamon rolls and hot coffee. In such a short time, we felt like we had all been friends for years. And sadly, it was time to part ways. But we’ve all agreed that we’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Thank you, Tammy, for hosting such a wonderful event, and making sure we all had so much fun.

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  1. Looks like such a fun time at a cute B&B! I love seeing all the quilts! Nice work on the Jelly roll race!

  2. Awesome! How fun that must have been, think I’ll have to put something like that on my list to do. The Jelly Roll Race sounds fun, have never made one, might have to try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What fun you had. One of these days, I am going to get myself to a retreat.

  4. It sure looks like you all had a wonderful time.

  5. Looks like so much fun! PLUS the food. LOL I’ve seen YouTube videos of those “Jelly Roll Races,” and it looks like a BLAST! 🙂

  6. Looks like a lot of fun and what a cute house! Wish I had been there. How fun. The Jelly Roll races sound like fun. I’ve heard of those. Love it!

  7. sounds like a blast! the scrappy geese blocks are fantastic, and i love the idea of a jelly roll race. 🙂


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