I just returned from the Thumbstall Quilt Guild annual retreat at the Watson Homestead http://www.watsonhomestead.com/ in Painted Post NY and was greeted by a friend with, “You look so rested!!” Rested – I don’t think so…. I came home exhausted but rejuvenated at the same time.
It’s an extended weekend that I look forward to as soon as we leave the current weekend. Friendships are nourished by quilting retreats. A weekend quilting retreat is full of laughter and being able to actually talk to with my quilting friends. We normally see each other about once a month at our membership meetings but there is so much that needs to be accomplished there that we don’t actually get a chance to talk with one another. We definitely change that at the retreat.
In addition to the fun we actually do get some quilting done. By far the most important part of the weekend is the camaraderie. I can quilt as much as I want at home – but these friendships only grow when we get together like this. Nothing outside to get in the way. No meals, housework etc. etc.
Some of us spend the weekend shopping and some just get in as much as quilting as possible. I tend to try to do the later. One shop I have to visit though while in the area is Witches Stitches in Big Flats, NY http://witchsstitches.com/. They carry a great variety of quilt fabrics and supplies along with cross stitch, embroidery and my favorite wool. I couldn’t resist a new snowflake pattern and some wool to go with it. Can’t wait to get started.
As far a quilting on the retreat was concerned I was able to complete the blocks for a new great-granddaughter’s quilt who is due to arrive in March.
All in all I considered – it a very successful weekend!
The long-awaited weekend is finally here and we are all busily working on the numerous projects we brought with us. If we were able to stay for a month of Sundays – there is no way we could finish them all.. And then there all project ones we have purchased.
Last night we decided to have our pincushion exchange Each one was so cute. and the best part – mine will be coming back home with me. We placed our creations in brown paper bags and randomly picked one. I was pleasantly surprised that I that one I chose was mine. How lucky is that! There is always time to quilt!
This past Saturday was National Quilting Day. A few of us got together at the library in Marcellus NY to share our love of quilting and work with friends who just plain enjoy quilting. I’m not sure whether it is more important to actually get something accomplished in sessions such as this, or to just enjoy doing something that you really love with people who share the same interest.
However I did actually accomplish something this time. And it felt good!
About 5 years ago I bought this Birchwood Lane Candlemat kit. It’s been ‘waiting’ in my stash for just the right moment. It seems that we are so busy making things for others that we hardly ever make something for ourselves.
It was actually rewarding to finish this one so quickly (even though I needed a ‘bit’ of help with fabric placement’ – Thanks Lisa).
And I do really think it is a perfect addition to the coffee table in my living room!
Now… to get to the other two kits that I picked up at the same time!
I will be going to a quilt retreat at O’Susannah’s Quilts and Gifts Upstairs Inn in Watkins Glen, NY at the end of the month. I have one quilt cut and ready to be pieced already. Am I looking forward to the get-away or what?
It’s a weekend filled with camaraderie with good quilting friends, shopping and delicious food – And of course quilting!!
The ‘Crew’ at our 2013 Retreat
No distractions – Just the sanctification of doing what we love. (Does it get any better than this?)There is always time to quilt!