Retreat Workshop Day 1 passed so quickly!
While half of the 49 quilters in attendance decided to arrive a day early and make good use of the “quilting by the lake” time , the remainder started filtering in after breakfast.
Soon the entire place was hopping, a continual flow of wagons pulling quilt goodies and paraphernalia – Machines, fabric, cutting mats, rulers, notions, tools, even personal sewing chairs and portable fans!
You get into a room with all of the machines and irons and women of a certain age, and we all need a little personal air space now and then!
Take a look at this photo! don’t we look like variations on a theme? From purple to pink and all the way to burgundy! A quilt palette in the wearing!
Our Strip Twist half day workshop started after Lunch. Eat first, sew second!
Downstairs group 2! A whole nuther level of fun!
with 49 folks – double the size of retreat this group usually puts on – we are taking advantage of both levels at the Lakeshore center. This m eans that I was deoming to group one upstairs….getting them busy on working a step, and running downstairs to take care of group 2, spending some time with them, then running up the stairs to go back to group one.
The best part? Two different treat tables and I had access to them both! LOL!
Twin Bing! It’s an Iowa Thing!
Made in Sioux City, IA!
Okay, this has nothing to do with quilting, but I love little local oddities. There are things in different areas of the country that I’ve never heard of or tried before and it is rather fun! tHAT IS, UNLESS YOU ARE IN Maine and someone is trying to fool you into drinking MOXIE soda.! Don’t believe them. Don’t try it. Ever! Laugh at that experience HERE!
Twin Bing is like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup on the outside, with a cherry filling on the inside, and they could be strangely addictive. I was only going to eat one. I ate both. And they are made in near by Sioux City! I’m headed there this afternoon to teach for ANOTHER retreat over the weekend. There is a Palmer Candy Co outlet. I may be in trouble.
The girls have perfected the hot iron salute!
Sitting and trimming!
Can you do THIS in a 4 hour class? Yes you can!
My mess sat idle once class got started!
But I sure I had some fun stitching early, and sewing all the way up to lunch time and feeling like one of the girls.
I met Robert many years ago through the blog. We have corresponded by email and he even submitted some of his work for a blog post HERE. He is our lone rooster at retreat and is keeping things lively, and sewing up a storm!
Robert’s blocks in progress!
He also came bearing scrappy gifts for me!
It may not fit in my luggage, but if it fits in the box, it can ship home with the leftover books as “packing material!”
when workshop ended at 5pm we were off to the Arts Center in Spirit Lake for my evening lecture which was open to the public! it was a very exhilarating day, and by the time we got back to retreat I was just too tired to sew. But I slept like a baby!
This morning we start our full day line-up –Texas Tumbleweed is our project and when that ends at 4 I’ll be off to Sioux City – just call it Retreat Hopping! And yes, there is a machine waiting for me there too.
There are more photos from our Strip Twist class, but as it was only a 4 hour workshop followed quickly by my lecture, I didn’t get many photos of progress. I think I’ll take some more of those this morning before class gets started, and do a combined slide show tomorrow with EVERYTHING from this retreat included.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage Apple Core quilt found in Michigan.
Happy Friday, everyone!