Sunday, March 05, 2006

Another Retreat...



Thanks to Sandy M. (a retreat attendee) for this beautiful cake! She had my logo put on the cake and the date. Not only was it beautiful, it was yummy too. It was from my favorite cake shop.

Not only do I attend retreats with my own quilt group, I also host retreats for students or whoever would like a nice quilter's getaway. Since my two older kids are gone and my youngest is living in our basement efficiency apartment, I have lots of bedrooms not used. Add a seperate studio with a big classroom, bathroom and kitchen and you have the perfect set up for retreats! There were 4 people at this retreat (not including me). I hired someone to do the food, and she had a last minute family emergency, so I spent most of Friday shopping and cooking! Needless to say, the cleaning was a quick once over! But we had a great time and lots of UFO's were being knocked out! I'll post more pictures and recipes on my website.


Let's see, a whole weekend of sewing, eating, laughing, eating white chocolate dipped strawberries (again, thanks to Sandy M. for the scrumptious treats!), getting a wonderful massage from my favorite massage therapist (who came to the retreat to give all of us massages), being serenaded by our favorite crooners...Michael Buble, Michael Bolton, Barry Manilow, John Tesh, Rod Stewart.....more sewing...what more could a woman ask for?


What did I work on? First of all, I finished the last 5 rows of my Reversible Quilt ( a few posts back). I am waiting on my bolt of Black Kona Cotton to make the setting triangles. I had the blocks laid out (all 218 of them) in the massage room, and had to move them for our massages. I forgot to take a picture before I picked them all up. Then I finished my Cathedral Window Rag quilt. I taught a class in this a few weeks ago, and left some of it undone for demonstrating purposes (that's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL) . It's made with flannel circles, sewn together (I used a tie dyed flannel on the back), with raw edges and then the "arcs" are stitched down. It ended up being 53" x 70". I need to clip the edges and wash it and LABEL it and then can claim it to be done.

7 comments:

Mary said...

I don't think I've ever seen the pattern for a raw edge cathedral windows. Your version looks great and I bet it went a lot faster than my hand pieced version is going.

Passionate Quilter said...

Pattern? It's mine..although loosely based on the faux Cath. Window. And since the pattern out included seam allowances and I did mine raw edge, I just had to create my own templates, etc. And yes, it's a lot faster than by hand! That actually was the first quilt pattern I learned from my Grandma, but never finished. Hmmm, wonder why? LOL

The Calico Cat said...

Love the Cathedral windows! Now those are my colors!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow, what a bright, fun, cheerful quilt. It sounds like, despite the cooking help snafu, that you all had fun - and chocolate dipped strawberries - yum! You certainly are putting those empty bedrooms to good use.

Cheers!

Evelyn

cher said...

the retreat sure sounded fun!

Samantha said...

That raw edge cathedral windows quilt is wonderful!! Love the colors, and the very idea of the pattern!

How very nifty to have these retreats in your house!

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