I’m a lucky girl!
Because I came in a day early, I got to come out to Camp Beckwith and help set up for this weekend’s retreat that starts tomorrow!
Here is another shot of downtown Mobile Alabama as we made our way east toward the retreat location.
We want to be sure that everything is set up well ahead of time so that when everyone arrives, we are ready to start our class!
There is a bit of logistics involved when you are expecting 64 quilters!
Yes – 64!! it’s going to be a full house, and the activities will start in earnest tomorrow when everyone arrives for our first day of Smith Mountain Morning.
Mobile sits on a beautiful bay, and though it was chilly today that sun is shining down, sparkling the water – so pretty!
We are working this quilt as a two day class – the first time I’ve ever done it this way and I think it will be great. We’ll work on stars for the first day, and the second day will focus on the log cabin blocks…and we will really see the great amount of progress that everyone will be making during retreat.
I’m anxious to see their fabrics and colors!
This afternoon after chairs, tables and ironing stations had been set up, I took a little walk outside to explore our surroundings:
The entrance to Camp Beckwith!
The road up toward retreat!
Which way do we go?
There are loads of hiking trails about --- maybe if it warms up just a bit more?
Our class rooms are here! You can’t tell, but there are rockers on that front porch! I did say --- if it gets a bit warmer? This sure is a beautiful location. There is a lake too I would love to explore.
I set up to sew with a borrowed machine---but we had a bit of a problem! The foot pedal wouldn’t reach the floor! It was seriously SEVERAL inches way too short…it hung there in the air—just dangling, poor thing! LOL!
All of us were dumbfounded….and speculations were made as to whether this machine was part of a traveling circus of midgets…..
And then it got funnier…Linda ran to borrow a featherweight from a friend because we thought we could use the foot pedal off of that one on the 301 ----but her featherweight was a WHITE one, and those are hard wired.
So now I had a 301 with a short cord, and a white featherweight with a non-removable foot pedal!
Joanne had her hubby bring her BLACK featherweight with the same cord connection as the 301 ---we swapped the feet and all is well.
But it took 3 machines to give me one that worked…LOL!
This is where you’ll find me tonight…piecing away and sporting the birthday crown the gals provided for me!
Everyone else arrives tomorrow and we will be raring to go!
Much love from the wilds of Alabama ---