The beautiful fall leaves I’m seeing around here have reminded me that I’m late in writing this one up. I went on a quilt retreat with my guild in September, and like all retreats, it was fun, fun!
The retreat is held Frdiay to Saturday in the inn of a state park located in the southern part of Indiana. My friend Susie and I go down on Thursday, making a day of it and stopping at quilt shops along the way.
It’s so lovely there, with hills and lots of trees and of course the Ohio river which you can see from your room and also from the hall outside our sewing room. On Friday, we started the retreat with a double rainbow! It was so unusual, we could see both ends of it appearing to disappear in the Ohio river.
Everyone brings projects to work on and has a big gab fest while sewing. There’s plenty to eat, plenty of friends, and of course, plenty of inspiration from the other quilters!
Before I went off to retreat, I made a pillowcase for my friend Alice. She has several Keeshond, one of which is a specially trained diabetic alert dog and her constant companion. I found this fabric I thought looked just like her dog so of course I had to make her a pillowcase with it!
One of my best memories of retreat was giving Alice that pillowcase. Here she is with her dog Asti.
Retreat also affords me the opportunity to meet new quilters. I often spend time just rambling around the sewing room, visiting with people and catching up. This year I met this wonderful mom and her daughter who were at retreat for the first time. The mom had just recently lost her husband, but she knew the best path to healing for her was to quilt and to spend time around quilters. I really enjoyed taking with her and oogling at her projects.
I fell in love with this sweet woman and her lovely daughter, who shares the love of quilting with her mom.
I also enjoyed visiting with my other friends at retreat.
I can’t remember what I worked on at retreat, but I know I was very productive! Despite the fact that it looks like I spent all my time chatting, I remember that I got three projects finished up or moved along.
I can’t wait until next year!