Recently, I went on a little weekend getaway with my friends to have a quilting retreat. It was just what I needed, what with all the work-related travel I've been doing. This was not through my guild or anything. One of my friends, Cheryl W. organized it. I have been wanting to tell you about it, but there is so much to tell, I had to wait until I had time to write it! I'll divide this up into about three posts....otherwise I'd overwhelm you with all the photos at once!
We all stayed at this resort, called The Shack, in western Michigan. It was a pretty cool place, as you can see. It was their low season, so we got a fantastic price. I think it was about $200 for me to have a single room for 3 nights, use of their conference facility, breakfast and dinner included each day, and banana splits every night. It was a great deal. The name is very deceiving...This is no shack!
In addition to the main lodge (which is what the first photo was and where we stayed), there are all these other buildings, too. They also have rooms in them. There are over 100 acres of woods, and the lodge sits on a big lake. It was just wonderful and quiet.
This was our sewing room. It was down in the basement, but the lighting was great. We had four big tables set up with four people sewing at each one. In the middle, we set up a cutting station, and we had three or four ironing stations. Also, we had several tables set up for laying out quilts. It was just a huge and comfortable space. We all kept saying, "Wouldn't it be awesome if this was one's sewing room??!!"
Here was my little station. I brought my featherweight. I hadn't really sewn on her much before and since my big sewing machine needs to go to the hospital (taking it today--finally had time!), I thought it would be a good chance to give her a spin. You can see I'm working on my Lincoln's Watch quilt. Was happy to have some time to get this baby progressing!
I did take a little break from Lincoln's Watch for a while to work on my Cotton Club BoM. I think I just received Month 6 in the mail, and I had only completed Month 1. Sigh. So, I worked on Month 2 at the retreat, too.
I really love this BoM. I love the fabrics a lot, and I also love the little 5.5" blocks we are doing. But another thing I really love is that every month, the pattern comes with a full quilt pattern using one of the blocks in the monthly grouping. It is just a great bonus that really makes it all worth the money!
Here is one of the blocks I completed. These are all 1" finished squares! This one took a while to construct, but I love it. And I'm really proud of myself. It measured perfectly when I was done, even with all those seams! (And half-square triangles to boot!)
Well, that's all I accomplished. Actually it was a lot! I felt bad pretty much working on the same quilt all weekend, but I made such good progress, that was nice!
In my next post, I'll give you a parade of quilts that everyone else was working on. There's some pretty neat stuff in there! Then, I'll show you a little field trip I went on with Sandy and Lori. A new quilt shop and a great lunch spot!
Hope you're having a happy Friday!
I'm going to be doing the drawing for the free tote bag pattern soon, so if you haven't gotten your name in on that, be sure to do so. Click here to enter that drawing (comments on this post will NOT enter you in that drawing!).
I'm off to Grand Rapids to take my sewing machine to the doctor!
Until next time,