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Quilters gathered in Marlinton for the fifth annual “Fall into Quilting Retreat”, 17 – 19 October, sponsored by Artcents’ (Diana Beverage) and Deb Ann’s Fabrics (Debbie Walker). We had participants from as far away as Pennsylvania and from other areas within West Virginia. Several special events were held during the retreat to celebrate its fifth year anniversary.
A quilt show was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Thursday through Saturday. The quilts on display were the creative works of retreat participants and the show itself was open to the public.
This year we included an event that involved our local businesses who were very excited to participate. We believe Marlinton is special and has a lot to offer, especially in terms of special and unique stores and shops. Thirteen quilt patterns were placed in thirteen different establishments in town. Participants had to visit these businesses and collect their quilt block patterns. In order to qualify for the grand prize, you had to acquire all thirteen patterns. A list of participating business, locations and their hours were provided on the first day of the quilt retreat so folks could map out their strategy for collecting the patterns. We had great participation and the feedback from this particular event was very positive. Ann Myers, from Pocahontas County, was the lucky grand prize winner of the pattern hunt.
Saturday morning, quilters had the opportunity to attend a lecture, “Off the Wheel – Color Concepts for Quilters” by Barbara Ann Jones of Glenville, West Virginia. Most quilters haven’t taken a ton of art classes and, in turn, often lack confidence in their color sense, which makes fabric selection tricky! We get in color ruts, going back to the same few colors over and over, or we only feel comfortable making quilts from a kit, jelly roll, or a single fabric collection. Fortunately having an “eye for color” is not just something you are born with — it is something you can develop, as we discovered from Barbara Ann! The lecture was informative and well attended. Participants enjoyed the many examples of color play in the quilts and projects on display and appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue about color.
Later that same day, retreat participants were treated to a catered luncheon (thank you Rayetta) complete with a five year celebratory anniversary cake!
The closing event was the drawing for a stunning patriotic quilt. Last year’s participants brought in completed red, white and blue quilt blocks which were then incorporated into a quilt pieced by Debbie Walker and quilted by Barb Siers. Pat Paxton, from Woodrow was the winner of the quilt!
The retreat sponsors would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses that participated in the quilt pattern hunt. A heartfelt thanks goes to Locust Hill Inn, Cabin and Pub, 4th Ave Mason Jar Trading Post, Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op, CJ Richardson Hardware, Dirt Bean Café and Bike Shop, Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Flower Garden, Pocahontas Times, Rayetta’s Lunchbox, Cackling Hens, Appalachian Sport, Tattered Rose Boutique and Legacy Designs. Additional special thanks go to Sue Owens for providing us with a venue for the quilt show and Lauren Bennett for providing us with a wonderful place to hold our retreat.
It was such a special time for all involved! Plans are in the works for the 6th Annual “Fall into Quilting Retreat” 2020! We’ll keep you posted.
As many of you already know, we have several special events planned during this year’s retreat, which will include a quilt show, a catered luncheon, a special class on color. To that end, we have added a “Quilt Pattern Hunt”. We thought the pattern hunt would be an excellent way to get our retreat participants out and about in our community, encouraging them to visit the many interesting and unique businesses within the Marlinton area. More information about the participating shops, locations, business hours, etc., will be provided on Thursday and Friday morning.
So here’s the scoop. The “Quilt Pattern Hunt” will consist of 12 different quilt block patterns and each selected business will have one of the twelve block patterns available at their establishment. “Pattern Hunters” will have to acquire all twelve quilt block patterns to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Participating business have added unique items to be included in the grand prize basket.
We hope retreat participants will enjoy this event and take the time to visit the unique and interesting businesses within our town.
Our “Fall into Quilting” retreat is fast approaching and we wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on a few “new” events for this year’s retreat. As most of you know, this is the fifth year for our retreat (I know, can you believe it!), so in celebration of that milestone we have a couple of special events this year.
First, there will be a showing of quilts to be held at the Episcopal Church (across the street from the Marlinton Wellness Center) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday. We are asking each retreat participant to bring a quilt to be placed on display. Only retreat participants will be able to enter a quilt(s) for display; however, the display itself is open to the public. We are toying with the idea of having a “Peoples Choice” award but we are open for feedback on that particular point. Otherwise, the quilts are being displayed for everyone’s enjoyment.
Secondly, in an effort to have people see what Marlinton has to offer, and it does have a lot of special and unique stores and shops, we are having a scavenger/pattern hunt. Twelve quilt patterns will be placed in twelve different locations in town. In order to qualify for the gift basket, you must have collected all twelve patterns. Think of this as a different type of “Shop Hop”!!! It is our hope you will take the time to see what each of these specially chosen venues has to offer. A list of locations will be provided on the first day of the quilt retreat.
In years past (doesn’t that sound soooo good) we have asked for retreat participants to bring completed blocks. This year, we are asking for participants to bring one or more FAT QUARTERS, not completed blocks. The fat quarters will be collected, placed in a lovely basket and will be the grand prize for the 2020 retreat. The more fat quarters you contribute, the more chances you have to win! Keep in mind if you forget, Deb Ann will have fat quarters you can purchase on site during the retreat.
Saturday we will be having a catered lunch, complete with birthday cake. Because, after all, it has been five years and who doesn’t enjoy cake!!!
We are very excited for this year’s event and are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
CLASSES ARE FILLING UP – Register NOW. The disappearing Pin Wheel class is FULL: Call 304-653-4150 or 304-799-7190 to register or download information below.
ATTENTION: Brochures for our “FALL INTO QUILTING” Retreat are now available at Deb Ann’s Fabrics and online at debannsfabrics.com. You can sign-up online or in the shop or with Diana L. Beverage of Artcents. They will be at the Visitors Center in Marlinton and Hillsboro and Marlinton Library. Sign-up early as some classes will fill up fast. See you there.
“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.
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!
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!
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!
Linda Adams opened Friday’s class. She presented the “Roundabout Stars Quilt” which could be made into a lovely wall hanging.
Results were amazing!
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!
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!
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!
Deb Ann’s Fabrics is partnering with Watoga State Park for the first ever Quilter’s Retreat to be held at Watoga State Park 11 – 13 April 2019! We are so excited, as this is an amazing opportunity for all. This event, in part, is made possible by a grant from the Calvin Price Foundation. To read more about Watago State Park and for more information about the retreat, go to https://wvstateparks.com/event/quilters-retreat-with-debbie-walker/ The brochure for this exciting event can be downloaded here. Download: Brochure
The fourth annual “Fall into Quilting Retreat” for 2018 is complete and one for the books! We had an amazing turnout! For three days, from 9 am to 7:30 pm, folks of all skill levels participated in a wide range of classes, learning new skills and techniques. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new folks, catch up on old friendships, share projects and stories, laugh and enjoy some delicious meals together! As there were a number of brand new participants this year, I was curious as to what drew them into the retreat. For one individual, each year at the same time as the retreat, business brought her to Marlinton and each year she so wanted to attend but felt she lacked the requisite skills to participate. However, within the last two to three months, she had taken the plunge, bought a sewing machine and started practicing on some projects. So this year, when business brought her to Marlinton, she signed up for a class or two! Which, by the way, morphed into three or four classes. In watching her throughout the retreat, listening to her laugh and develop relationships with other class participants, it was amazing to watch her confidence grow! For another new attendee, it had been on her “bucket list” but schedules, work, and life never seemed to allow her the time to attend. Having been primarily a maker of garments, moving into the field of quilting seemed like a natural transition. So all the stars aligned this year, allowing her to attend. Her attendance also afforded her the opportunity the spend quality time with extended family, who were also attending this three day event. At the conclusion, both of these new folks seemed to glow with confidence and for new found friendships. Everyone left the retreat with a wide range of completed or near completed projects to add to their ever growing quilting portfolio, a greater sense of confidence and knowing there will always be someone to help them should a problem arise.
A special “thank you” goes out to Yellow Creek Quilters, who were on hand to sharpen scissors and repair/tune up our sewing machines. They are regular and essential participants to our retreat.
Also, the winner of this year’s quilt was Jane Pritchard! Congratulations, Jane!
While it goes without saying, I think it most important to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Debbie Walker (Deb Ann’s Fabrics) and Diana Beverage (Artcents’), without whom the retreat would not even exist. Unless you have planned some type of major event yourself, I do not think the average individual has any idea how much work goes into the planning and executing of an event such as this. Always looking for potential projects for classes, then creating a mockup of each potential project, selecting fabrics, cutting a preparing each individual class participants kit, making arrangements for food and refreshments, securing a venue, the list is endless. Additionally, there is advertising for the event, brochure preparation, vendor coordination, such as Yellow Creek Quilters, and the endless coordination with potential class participants! For large scale events, event planners handle all these details, yet Debbie and Diana manage to handle all aspects of this event (along with some close friends) while still managing and working in their own businesses! So I am sure I am not alone in congratulating and thanking Debbie Walker and Diana Beverage for another successful quilt retreat! We are now looking forward to our annual “Spring into Quilting Retreat” in May 2019 and be on the lookout for some special events being added to the 2019 “Fall into Quilting Retreat” 2019 in October. We sincerely hope to see you there!
Please remember, the cut-off date for registering for classes for the “Fall Into Quilting” Retreat, which is scheduled for 18 – 20 October 2018, is rapidly approaching! The last date for registering for classes is 1 October 2018. Setting a cut off date give us adequate time to make sure all kits needed for each class are carefully prepared and ready for each participant. Please save the date, 1 October 2018, as we would hate to see anyone disappointed!
There are two really important items we failed to mention in the “Fall into Quilting Retreat” brochure. I’m sure you know how that feels. We worked so hard putting together our classes, getting the schedules just right and making sure we had photos of all projects that will created this year. And wouldn’t you know, despite all that hard work, we still forgot to mention two really important items.
- Everyone is asked to make 12″ quilt blocks using their favorite star pattern(s) in red, white and blue fabric. These blocks will be put together to create a beautiful patriotic quilt which will be won by some lucky individual during next year’s (2019) retreat. Obviously, the more quilt blocks you contribute, the more chances you have to win!!!
- Additionally, Yellow Creek Quilters will be on hand Saturday, 20 October 2018, to tune up or repair your sewing machine and will be happy to sharpen any dull scissors you might have laying around.
Hopefully, this is the ONLY addendum to the retreat we will have to post! We so look forward to seeing everyone in October! Enjoy the remaining hot weather but we are all so looking forward to cooler weather.
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!
The culminating event of our annual fall quilting retreat is our drawing for a grand prize. During last year’s 2016 retreat, participants were asked to bring and donate one quilt block for each day of participation. Those blocks were then pieced together by Debbie Walker (on the right) and quilted by Diana Beverage (on the left) to make a beautiful quilt for some lucky winner. This year’s lucky recipient was Ann Myers. Ann’s response to winning? “Oh my gosh, I never win anything!” Needless to say, she was positively thrilled. What a wonderful memento she now has to commemorate her time learning new skills and quilting with such great folks!
We are in the process of getting brochures and registration forms printed for our “Third Annual Fall Into Quilting Retreat” scheduled for 19-22 October 2017. Brochures and registration forms will be available at several locations or you can view and download both from this website. We simply find it so hard to believe we are entering our third year! As you look through the brochure, please take note you will need to select fabrics and colors for some of the projects and kits, so please give yourself time to stop by the shop to make your selections. Diana and I are thrilled to be offering a wide-range of classes with varied skill levels. You will need to make your class selections and payment by 1 October 2017. Now I know what you are thinking…this is only August! But let me tell you, the time will fly by between all the festivals, craft shows and never mind all the area country fairs which are rapidly approaching! We just want to give you a “heads up” so you can make your plans accordingly. We are very excited and cannot wait to see you all again soon!
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!