Another Successful Retreat!

“Spring into Quilting” for 2019 was another great success this year.  The retreat was held 3 and 4 May at the Old Campbelltown School House with instructors Diana Beverage from Artcents”, Debbie Walker from Deb Ann’s Fabrics and Vicky Graham from Kingwood, West Virginia.  We had a wonderful group of attendees. Some were seasoned quilt retreaters, and several were attending a retreat for the first time. There were also quilters attending with a variety of quilting experiences, and everyone was able to enjoy the company of the others.  I believe folks left the retreat feeling refreshed and inspired, and grateful for the association with such a great group.  There were a wide range of classes (as always) for every skill level.  Four classes were taught on Friday, with two all day classes taught on Saturday.  Every class was well attended and the feedback to instructors was very positive.

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There are a thousand reasons (well maybe not quite a thousand but you get the idea!) to attend a quilt retreat.  This year, here in Pocahontas County, quilters have the unique opportunity to attend a wide range of quilting retreats.  So far this year, we have had a two day quilting retreat (followed by an old fashioned quilting bee) at Watoga State Park, the annual “Spring into Quilting” retreat just finished up, another quilting retreat will be held at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (more about that later) and the 5th Annual “Fall into Quilting” retreat to be held in October 2019.   All of these events offer the joy of associating with quilters who come from all walks of life, have all kinds of different backgrounds, and enjoy being with one another. Just being around like-minded creatives is extremely refreshing! Retreats provide you with the opportunity to learn.  Whether it’s learning real life lessons or new skills and techniques, retreats provide you with the amazing opportunity to make new friendships or reinforce current friendships.  Another added bonus is learning about new notions, tools and patterns.  As a quilter myself, I love, love, love finding what each individual quilter’s favorite latest and greatest tool or notion is.  And don’t get me started on new patterns!  They are never ending!

So if you have never attended a quilting retreat, this year especially, is a wonderful opportunity for you to take the leap and attend.  There is something for everyone here in Pocahontas County this year.  Be on the look out for posts and updates about the two remaining retreats this year.  As always, we can’t wait to meet you!  See you soon!

 

It’s A Wrap!

Watoga State Park held their very first quilter’s retreat, 11 through 13 April 2019.  Feedback and comments shared by class participants indicated this event was a HUGE success but more about that later!  Folks stopping by to observe the classes in progress could not miss the joy, comradery and fun time class members were experiencing.

Debbie Walker conducted two classes on Thursday.  Her opening class, “Disappearing Nine Patch”, was a great beginner class that allowed folks to refresh their sewing skills and to learn how to play with colors.   Significant skepticism on any sewing success gave way to absolute joy as folks finished up blocks and saw the fruits of their labor!

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Debbie’s “Fancy Braid Table Runner” class closed out the first day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Debbie shared with her model with the class, you could hear the comments start to fly!  “No way am I going to be able to do that!”  “That looks really hard!”  Needless to say, all class participants had outstanding results to share!

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Linda Adams opened Friday’s class.  She presented the “Roundabout Stars Quilt” which could be made into a lovely wall hanging.

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Results were amazing!

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Saturday saw Watoga host an old fashioned quilting bee.  Quilting participants attended a presentation by our resident hand quilting specialist, Bonnie McLaughlin.  She discussed the types of needles used in hand quilting, threads, how to properly knot and secure your thread and what your stitch length should be.   She displayed a baby quilt she had recently finished, so folks to see a finished example of a completed hand quilted quilt.  She transitioned everyone to the quilting frame for a brief “hands on” demonstration before turning things over to the class.  It was such a wonderful experience for everyone involved!

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How does one know when an event is considered to be successful?  After listening to conversations during this amazing three day event, I think it would be safe to say it was a success.  Folks raved about the recreation hall and how accommodating it was for such an event.  The fact that meals, snacks and CANDY were provided at no additional cost to the participants was very noteworthy!!!  The professionalism of the presenters and their approachable demor was noted by everyone involved.  Friendships were made.  Support was  provided by anyone and everyone.  Raucous laughter could be heard throughout each day.  Lots of one and one instruction was provided.  People shared bits and pieces of their own lives but most importantly people asked, “when is the next class?”  All of this equates to SUCCESS!

We all sincerely hope, this retreat at Watoga State Park will be held again and again with an ever expanding class list.  The setting was perfect, the facility was ideal, the weather great and the folks were amazing.  A huge thank you goes out to Christopher Bartley and the staff at Watoga State Park for reaching out to Debbie and allowing this event happen.  We all sincerely hope this is the first retreat of many to come.  If you missed this year’s retreat, we hope you will join us for the next one because we sure are going to do our best to make it happen again!

Eight Rivers Quilting Party 2019

Brochure is out and registration has begun for the 2019 Eight Rivers Quilting Party to be held at the McClintic Libary in Marlinton, West Virginia.  Dates for this year’s party are 1 – 3 August 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Charlene Beverage’s class will be a “Covered Bridge Wallhanging”.  Betty Jo Williams’ class will be a “Log Cabin Star Table Mat” and Michelle Hill’s class will be “Farm Rose Star Quilt” by Marci Baker.  You can download the brochere to read more about the quilting party and classes and to register for classes.  We hope to see you there!

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Pocahontas Bicentennial Quilt Blocks

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Pocahontas County will be celebrating it’s bicentennial in 2021.  In preparation for this historic event, quilters of Pocahontas County are in the process of putting together two quilts to mark this major milestone.  When completed, one quilt will be placed on display at the Pocahontas County courthouse, commemorating our 200th year birthday.  The other quilt will be raffled in order to secure funds for the actual bicentennial event.  Blocks are now available for pick up at Deb Ann’s Fabrics in Hillsboro and the Wellness Center in Marlinton.  If you had not previously expressed an interest in completing a block but are interested, please contact Lauren Bennett at 304 799-7386.  Blocks must be completed and turned in by 15 May 2019.

Watoga State Park’s Quilting Weekend

Starting this Thursday, 11 April 2019, the Watoga Quilting Weekend begins.  We will be offering two days of quilting classes (Thursday and Friday), followed by an old fashioned quilting bee on Saturday.  PLEASE NOTE:  The quilting bee is opened to anyone who is interested in participating or just wants to observe the process.  There is no charge for attending the quilting bee.  Those participating in the quilting bee itself are asked to bring a covered dish.

For additional information, please check out Watoga State Park’s or Deb Ann’s Fabrics website.  Call 304-653-4150 with questions. Hope to see you there!

 

Spring Into Quilting 2019

This is how you know is spring is right around the corner here in Pocahontas County.  We are gearing up for the 2019 “Spring Into Quilting Retreat” being held 3 and 4 May, at the Old Campbelltown School, Marlinton, West Virginia.  Class information, material lists and times are finalized.  You can download the brochure to see what class offerings will be presented.  A first this year, online registration!  YAY!  No more filling out and mailing in registration forms.  Simply follow the link to register online, pay for your classes and you are done!

As always any quilting retreat we do would not be complete with Yellow Creek Quilter’s.  They will be joining us Saturday, 4 May, for sewing machine repair, scissors and knife sharpening.  They will arrive early and will be there as long as they are needed.  They also will be happy to take back with them any quilts ready to be quilted.  Call 304-653-4150 to let me know if you are bringing in a machine to be attended to.

A special addition to this year’s retreat…we are thrilled to be offering a class entitled “Mini Log Cabin” being taught by Vicky Graham.  Students will be introduced to paper piecing while making four inch log cabin quilt blocks.   Yes, you read that correctly.  Four inch log cabin quilt blocks!  Vicky lives in Kingwood, West Virginia.  She has been sewing since she was a child and began making quilts in 2003.  Vicky is an active member of the state quilt guild, West Virginia Quilters, and has been on the show committee for the state quilt show since 2010.  Vicky loves to visit places in West Virginia and is pleased to offer a class in Pocahontas County.

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone and want to thank everyone for their continued support of the quilting community!

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