(Oops, I started writing this yesterday and then I needed to charge my laptop and never finished and posted!)
I got back from my retreat late Sunday afternoon, and boy was it a great one! There were 18 wonderful quilters in attendance and one couldn't ask for a group of more wonderful quilters.
This was at the same place as we had our last retreat (back in January when it was really, really cold)--the Beth Page Camp/Resort. This time there was much more activity around the grounds--back in January it was just us. The weather was pretty near perfect, aside from the thunderstorm that we had on Friday night.
My friend, Janice, and I left home at 7 AM and arrived around 8:30. We did not use GPS this time, thinking we surely would remember the way, but of course, we didn't! I think we were the first car to arrive other than the ladies who organized the whole thing. We unloaded all of our sewing stuff and carried it in. (My husband took all of the seats out of my van, and we had the entire back loaded. I should have gotten a picture.)
In no time, we got set up. We are such creatures of habit that we took the same tables we had last time!
My goal was to finish my Talkin Turkey quilt that I began with Bonnie Hunter. I thought it was pretty ambitious, but it didn't stop me from bringing along a few other projects. Day one was spent doing the string piecing. I needed to cover over a hundred 5" squares (cut from a phone book) as well as 16 full sheets of printer paper.
This was our snack table. It was still pretty full when we finished on Sunday! We sure didn't starve.
At this retreat, we provide our own breakfast and lunch in our cottages and they cook supper for us. Thursday night was homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese. It was yummy.
During the course of the day, I emptied three bobbins and nearly finished the fourth, but just before 10 pm, I finally finished all of the string piecing! My machine was tired and so was I. Stitching on paper foundations really dulls the needle. I left the trimming for morning and we went back to our rooms for the night.
I'll tell you more next time!