Winter collage

Winter collage

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

More than a retreat...

Not many photos to share from our 2015 Fall Retreat...how do you capture the sounds of laughter, sewing machines humming, quiet conversations as people stop by and sit in the "chit chat" chair that everyone positions near each table...

Sun streaming in through the wide expanses of windows & watching the chickadees whirling around the feeders on the long deck by the dining room...

The sounds and fragrances of meals being prepared by the kitchen staff (who outdid themselves with a Sunday brunch!)...ladies we have come to know over the almost 20 years that our annual fall retreat has been a must attend event...

Walking to our dorm rooms at night in the crisp air and hearing the wind move through the tall pine trees...the ground covered in long pine needles...

Do we hear a wolf in the distance or see a deer step quietly out of the woods...one year after watching The Edge, as a group of us walked along a trail, a friend said, "do you think a bear is stalking us?" Nervous laughter and the pace quickened - back to the safety of our spacious sewing area...

Admiring the quilting projects of others - a completed quilt top or binding finished just in time for a Christmas gift - fabric envy, fabric suggestions, fabric buying at the quilt shop located about 20 minutes away...

Concerns for a roomie who became ill and had to leave early, catching up on each others lives, ideas, jokes and hugs...

This year, our 2015 Fall Retreat was this and so much more...4 days of a much needed break for me, being in the midst of long time friends and getting to know new ones...


This is the extent of my stitching...


Bags and boxes of completed various 9 patch units for Settlers Trail...ready for pressing and squaring up...

And slow stitching on the first rows of diamonds for Drayton Hall...

Both long term winter projects...

Any wonder why we have decided to add a 5th day of retreat for 2016!


Pat



 

11 comments:

Janet O. said...

Sounds like a delightful time, Pat. Glad you could go and nourish your soul.
Love the idea of the chit-chat chair. And I'm glad no bears were encountered. : )

Raewyn said...

It sounds fabulous and also sounds like the perfect venue!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

It sounds like a perfect retreat to me! I like the idea of a chit-chat chair. I think I'll have to pull me up a chit-chat chair the next time I go to retreat. ;-) Good call on adding another day to next year's retreat.

Rebecca in AK said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time at the retreat! Just what you needed! Love the idea of the chit chat chair.

Kyle said...

Your descriptions of a retreat are so lovely. It could apply to most Quilter's retreats, big or small, long or short. Quilter's are just cool people to hang out with.

Mimi said...

Glad to hear that you got away for a little retreat with friends. You should feel a little more regenerated/rejuvenated. I miss my machine. I am either working or sitting with mom at her apartment. Seems I am only home to sleep. It's a wonder even the laundry gets done.

Susan said...

I am so glad you had some sewing time with friends, it came at just the right time. That is an awful lot of tiny squares, but they will keep you busy over winter.

Karen said...

Looks like a fun bag of nine patches. They look very small.
I love the applique block you show in your header pictures.

pataksag said...

You've captured the spirit of those days so well, can't wait for next year!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Wonderful that you had such an awesome time at retreat!
Looks like you made a bit of progress with your 2 projects and experienced some much needed joy for your personal self! Quilt Retreats are Spa days for the soul! Fun...fun!

Dawn said...

So nice you had a great retreat. Sounds like it was perfect. Enjoy your long term projects. You look very organized with some great finishes in your future. Thanks for sharing!