The second annual “Spring Into Quilting” retreat, sponsored by Artcents’ and DebAnn’s Fabrics was held 4-5 May 2018, at the old Campbelltown school in Marlinton, West Virginia. By all accounts, it was a great success! As class participants arrived they were warmly welcomed by Diana Beverage and Debbie Walker, this year’s instructors. Friends greeted friends and newbies were introduced around the room. Folks focused on getting their machines and areas set up, selecting some refreshments and enjoying catching up with each others lastest accomplishments. Promptly at 9:00 am, instruction began. Puff pastry quilt blocks and paper piecing were the first classes of the day and both classes were represented. The afternoon classes focused hour-glass blocks and an interwoven star table runner which expanded participants understanding of paper piecing. The following day, class topics included making cathedral windows, making a mystery strip quilt and learning to sew with curves. All classes were challenging and oh so rewarding! Whether you were learning new skills or honing your existing skills, everyone provided support and encouragement to one another on an as needed basis. True story…there was a point in time during one the classes, the intensity of the project was being felt by all. Did folks become frustrated, stressed or quit? Nope, someone sat down at the piano, started playing music, to which everyone broke out in song! Priceless!
If you have ever attended a quilting retreat, you have likely experienced the wonderful joy and energy that results when a group of creative, like minded people come together. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a retreat, let me share with you what you are missing. You are missing out on the opportunity to totally focus on your passion (or what we hope will become your passion). You are missing out on the opportunity to make new friends, chat, laugh until you almost cry, share delicious meals, get new ideas and help each other out with difficult patterns/projects. You are missing out on the comradery that comes with simply being in the presence of such creative people.
Such memories and friends were made this weekend! We simply can’t wait until the October “Fall Into Quilting” retreat! Will we see you there? We all hope so!