It was a long travel day, but worth every hour and every mile that it took to get from coast to coast as I made my way from North Carolina to Washington State yesterday.
I had plenty of handwork at hand, and a beautiful sunrise to start me on my journey.
We’ve been waiting for this week for years.
I first started communicating with Sonya and Robin at least 3 years ago with the plans of pulling together Quiltville Fans from near and far and having our own no frills retreat. It’s not sponsored by a guild or a shop, just the brain child of a couple of very hard working ladies, and we filled it full to the brim – TWO sessions!
I’ll have one free day in the middle to relax and unwind, and as one group leaves, the other will arrive. And the best part? I get to stay in one place for a week without having to lug a suitcase or put another 200 miles on the van to get me from one location to the other!
there was APPLIQUE happening!
I made it all the way around the hexie star medallion while watching a couple of great movies. LION had been highly recommended by folks on my last teaching trip up through VA and MD. I settled right in. The first part is all subtitles, made it a bit hard to stitch and listen, but It was WORTH it. See it if you can.
My second go-round for my double matinee (This was a 5 hour flight from Atlanta to Portland, OR) I decided to watch something I was familiar with but hadn’t watched for eons. Bridges of Madison County. Tears, tears and more tears! Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, what a pair.
Met by the receiving committee!!
We grabbed my luggage and headed out – we had a retreat to get to!
Our drive up to Royal Ridges Retreat – this is a rain forest, ya’ll! And rain it did. And sleet. And hail. And sunshine. It’s Washington State in May, what else would I expect!
After setting up and settling in, it was time for me to take a wee nap before heading out to dinner. Fabulous Mexican food in town, and all of the visiting fun to go with it!
Retreating in the Horse Barn!
Yeeeehawww! We are really here!
Room for 24 plus one – ME!
Sewing away on Judy’s loaner Featherweight!
One block. That’s all I was able to sew last night. Jet-lag is REAL. Sleep was required, and I toddled off to my cabin about 9pm – I just couldn’t go any further this day.
Which Quilter came in the Smart Car??!
We all laughed that it must be the lady doing MINIATURES.
Likely it belongs to one of THESE folks!
Royal Ridges is a horse camp, and there are teenagers taking care of the horses and exercising them on a daily basis. I’ve got my own trail ride scheduled in a few days. I can’t wait!
Sweet cabins perfect for retreat dreaming!
Get a load of the moss on this tree!
My cabin, sweet cabin for a WEEK!!
Living room, so cozy!
Little kitchen, just for me!
They’ve thought of EVERYTHING!
I get to sleep under someone else’s Roll Roll Cotton Boll!
We are starting off retreat today with Midnight Flight. Breakfast starts in the cafeteria in about 30 minutes. I’m raring to go!
And how am I able to get all of this posted? My photos uploaded to google photos overnight, and I’m just linking to them by image URL. That should make the uploading of this post much easier.
I’ve got about 1/2 bar of cell service, when the phone is propped in the living room window, and I’m good to go!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
While you are “patiently waiting” Fill your waiting time with something wonderful –like quilting!
Scrap Crystals Quilt shared by Allison while in Texas last month.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!