October 19, 2010

Quilt Retreat

At the beginning of this month, I was lucky to be part of the first annual Quilter's Connection Magazine Quilt Retreat! It was held at Edenvale Retreat and Conference centre in Abbotsford. Heather, Tricia & Susan went out of their way to create a special weekend for us. Lovely gift baskets, charm packs, chocolates on the pillows, fun games, demo, and lovely quilts decorating every common room... Fantastic!

I forgot to take photos of everything... I found a chocolate sewing machine in my gift basket and I actually remembered to take a photo before I bit into it! Here is the woodsy flannel charm pack I found at my place setting, and a few shots of busy bees at work :o)

I won three cutting rulers as a prize for the first completed project from start to finish! I made this monkey quilt in about 12 hours! These small rulers are perfect for me and I even used them all that same day!

I have a few new nicknames now... "Ruler girl" because as well as the small rulers, I also won a large pineapple block ruler as a door prize at the local quilt shop. A Great Notion opened their doors to host a special wine & cheese night. I bought some lovely fabric, new on the market Shades SoftFuse fusible web, and a new rotary cutter because my small one is too small and my big one is too big (that's my excuse anyway)!

My other name is "Liberty girl". We were playing a game of charades and we had to act out quilt block names. Well mine was "New York Beauty" and all I could think of doing was stand there the whole time thrusting one arm up in the air! There were a lot of laughs :o)

I overheard a few quilt retreat repeat offenders saying that this was the best quilting retreat that they had attended. It was my first weekend retreat and I will definitely be going again next year! If you would like to join us, subscribe to Quilter's Connection Magazine e-newsletter to receive news and free patterns.

Here are a few more photos of all the lovely ladies I met at the retreat...

*All of the outdoor group shots are courtesy of Megan Jensen*

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)


jacqueline said...

Oh wow such a wonderful and inspiring retreat! I wish we had something like this here in malaysia! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Karin på Ösäter said...

I think I could feel a little bit of envy. It would be so mutch fun if we had something like that retreat here in Sweden, and all of your fabric, your charm pack I love the top fabric it had a charming toutch of wood and forest working me brother would love.
Well you can´t have it all!!
Enjoy your te time, I can have that anyway.

Quiltbenaco said...

Che bel ritrovo, sicuramente stimolante
Ciao Domenica

Poppyprint said...

ok, trying not to feel sad that I couldn't be there! Wow, what a wonderful weekend. I like the set up they did in the work room - it looks less crowded than some I've experienced there. Congratulations on all of your 'wins' and project completions!!! I love retreats.

Annelies said...

What a lovely retreat...and I think you are a champ for not biting into that chocolate sewing machine before the picture (G)!!!! XXX

Maaike said...

Oh, monkey is adorable! Looks like a great retreat. love your creations!

Carol said...

Wow! I hope someday I will be able to go to a quilt retreat :) And I hope someday we will have one in India!

Love the quilt.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow---that looks like a total blast!! Glad you had such a good time, and I had a bit of a giggle myself picturing you and your Liberty pose!
Smiles, Karen

life in yonder said...

That looks like so much fun. I however would not have been able to finish a anything during a weekend like that because I would only be looking at and admiring everyone elses work

Rylee Kettner said...

I love how you used the one monkey! I have been wanting to make that quilt forever, but I don't want it to be too over the top babyish, because the recipient is getting into his toddler years now. I think I might go a similar route and just use 1 or 2

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