Day one of our retreat saw a steady stream of quilters bringing in their “tools of the trade”, finding their classrooms and getting set up for the day’s classes. The level of anticipation was high! Classes taught on the first day included basic machine and quilting 101, “Just How Can I Quilt This?”, basic cutting, hand applique and zentangle. Laughter and the steady whirl of sewing machines could be heard up and down the halls!
By day two it was clearly evident new friendships had been forged and our quilters were now deeply involved in their classes and projects! Classes were held on strip piecing, making graffiti name tags, scrap crazy and even a Christmas stack and whack!
By day three, our quilters were showing up for classes exhausted and in desperate need of coffee ! It had been a grueling couple of days and they were still looking at attending an all day Carpenter’s Star class, or shorter classes in hand quilting, fusible applique, paper piecing and a friendship mystery scrap quilt! Additionally, Yellow Creek Quilters were going to be on site the entire day cleaning, oiling, adjusting and repairing sewing machines. (We had the opportunity to see them work on an 81 year old threadle machine, which was a true work of art!) Would everyone be able to make it through the entire day???
YES they did, with some amazing completed projects to share! Beautiful work done by such beautiful souls. It was such a fulfilling experience. Interesting and challenging classes, taught by highly accomplished quilters/artisans, with good food, amazing conversations and forged friendships.
Get out your calendars, make reservations so you can stay over and mark the date– 19 – 21 October. Plans are already in the works regarding classes, instructors, and discussion groups for next year’s retreat. So if you missed this year’s event, please make plans to attend our 2017 retreat. You won’t be disappointed. I hope to see you there!