By yesterday the snow was also “almost” gone – helped to melt away by the rain that fell on Saturday night. It’s amazing the difference “5 degrees warmer” makes when there is also no wind involved.
I took this picture of the entrance sign as I exited --- I was too excited to get there on Friday and didn’t stop to think of taking a picture on my way in. I was too blown away by the beauty of the area, and the many many deer grazing on the grasses as I drove up the winding road to the lodge.
I think I’ve decided that “Fall Back” weekend is the BEST weekend to hold a retreat! You can stay up late sewing on Saturday night, and get an extra hour of “sleep in” as a bonus before class starts the next morning!
Only about 15 of our 33 folks were taking the Pineapple Blossom workshop – many just wanted to continue working on their Smith Mountain Morning quilts they had started in class the day before, and several ladies had to make an early morning get away and end their retreat time early due to family obligations.
Some brought other projects to work on!
These were being worked as leaders & enders in between working on the Smith Mountain Morning blocks….I love that Thanksgiving one on the top of the pile….so cute, and right for the season!
And the few brave ones….spent the morning digging into not only the bags of crumbs that I brought…but look at these two HUGE bags that Maribeth brought for our use and digging:
And NO! NONE of this came home with me!
Here are the few but fabulous photos from those brave souls willing to paper piece very small:
For those wanting to try ---Pineapple Crazy is found in my latest book, String Fling!
Today is a “DESK DAY” for me. I’ve got to finish writing some pattern instructions so I can get the quilt off to Quiltmaker.
Speaking of Quiltmaker, TOMORROW is my blog hop day for 100 blocks, Vol 6! Be sure to stop back by, you don’t want to miss the Give-Aways!
Tomorrow I also start my journey to Florida – I’ll be hitting Columbia, SC at lunch time for a birthday lunch with my son, and then over to Augusta, GA for a fun sleep-over night with my friend Siobhan of Scraps & Threadtales. Lots of girlie giggles going to be happening there --- and then on Wednesday I’ll be making my way to Tallahassee!
But for now ---I’m chained to the desk, getting all that behind-the-scenes stuff taken care of.
The only way I’ll get sewing time is if we do QuiltCam tonight --- so look for me about 9pm! I may be taking a break from Moth in the Window –I’m feeling the need to treadle up some string blocks – come join me then!