Our Gang has attended 11 retreats together, 10 at this location. Each year we made bed quilts for a room in the lodge, of which there are 7. The first year we made a quilt from Spirit of the Northwoods to hang in the lodge's dining room. One set of quilts was made for the staff, and one of the quilts was given to the former director of the foundation that owns the facility.
|Quilt from Spirit of the Northwoods by Debbie Field|
The downside? Besides it being our last visit, we were inundated by Asian beetles (they look like ladybugs) and buffalo gnats. If you wanted to go for a walk, you had to wear a net over your head and face.
Let's look at the pretty, shall we?
This year we made Rise & Shine, a quilt designed by Cheri Saffiote Payne, and made it large enough to cover the bed in the upstairs "suite". We'll have it quilted and I'll make the label. I'll have to put something special on it to commemorate the years we gathered there.
|A block from Mary's Autumn quilt|
|Skinny Strips Quilt by Minick and Simpson|
|Pachyderm Pals minus the elephants|
Pattern from Animal Parade 2
|Blocks from Pumpkinville|
|Blocks from Amish with a Twist 2 by Nancy Rink|
|Blocks from Camp-Run-A-Muk|
|A sweet baby quilt from Quiltmania's Special Kids|
We found out after my last post that our stay would be shortened from 7 days to 5. I wondered if I should omit one of my projects since I knew we'd spend some time working on the Rise & Shine quilt. Three days before I left, I realized I was killing myself trying to get 6 projects ready to take, so I cut back to 4:
The retirement quilt: All blocks are pieced and trimmed! Well, maybe not all of the blocks. I started out wanting to make 30 blocks and only had enough of the purple fabric with me to make 25 blocks. I'll finalize the layout this weekend:
The Christmas low-volume Burgoyne Surrounded: I started piecing Thursday morning, and it's been close to a year since I worked on it. I could not wrap my head around my plan of attack on this one because of the way I cut it. I will soon spread it out and do some more cutting; then I'll be on the right path (I hope).
Broken Crayons: It's a flimsy!
|Auditioning the blocks|
|Flimsy status achieved!|
More happy photos:
|Karen prepping her pachyderms|
|Becky, Karen, Mary and Marilyn|
|April, Tammie and Jan|
|Tammie and Jan (daughter and mother!)|
|Tammie looking at a "quilting" magazine...|
One of the great things we are taking away from this is that we are scheduling mini-workshops for each month for the next year. I'm going to teach a label-making class and a thread catcher project.
"I didn't think I'd come in seeing sewing ladies intensely studying Asian beetles," said one of the facility employees.
Marilyn's reply: "We're not just a bunch of pretty faces!"
It was a fabulous time. Oh, I already said that, didn't I? It bears repeating. Time spent with friends and fabric is one of the best cures for all the troubles in the world. If everyone quilted, the world would be a better place. I love these girls and can't wait to see them again next month, and Marilyn and I have scheduled a date to work on her Blooming Nine Patch!
If you've made it this far, thanks for looking. Now, go quilt!