QBIR – Part One

In the first part of October, I attended the first (hopefully annual) Quilt Bloggers International Retreat. A tongue-in-cheek name for a weekend with a serious mission: to get quilt bloggers together to discuss quilt blogging, build friendships and business partnerships, and to exchange ideas and inspire each other. For me at least, the weekend was a great success.

Hosted by my friend Julie at Pink Doxies, the retreat included Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @ mmm! quilts, Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dave @ Dave the Quilt Engineer, and Terry @ Terry Ann Hartzell - Insights. At the last minute Cindy Pieters @ Stitchin’ at Home couldn’t come but we made a quilt for her to show her she was sorely missed.

We had a rather loose agenda. Mostly we quilted and chatted and got to know each other. Julie has a fantastic studio with plenty of space and lots of lovely light, so quilting there was a wonderful experience!

Julie even let us try out her longarm if we wanted to—I didn’t want to take the time away from several need-to-finish projects but Terry gave it a whirl! It was amazing to see how quickly someone can get used to a longarm when they have expert guidance.

Julie also let everyone play with her dyes and several of us gave that a try with excellent results.

We spent all day Saturday shopping the nearby quilt shops and enjoying the countryside. There are so many lovely photos I want to share from that day that I’ll save them for next time. What a wonderful weekend!

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