Our first guild retreat was a lot of fun! The workspace we had at Higher Ground had great windows for light, a nice sized kitchen for snacks, its own parking lot, and bathrooms. It even had 2 porches for those that wanted to get outside a bit. The center provided nice meals with a lot of choices, and we each had our own motel-style rooms with private bathrooms to retire to each night. It was so nice to be able to spend the whole weekend sewing without having to worry about anything else.
Some of us had big goals and were VERY PRODUCTIVE — and some of us spent time RELAXING and enjoying the time away to socialize and sew with others. It was really great to be able to learn from each other and get immediate help, and feedback from each other.
Erin had a very clear goal in mind for the weekend. She wanted to get enough of the Elephant Abstractions quilt (Violet Craft) done that she would be able to gift the completed quilt to her sister by Thanksgiving. (spoiler - she succeeded!) She spent her breaks hand-quilting her 2020 Bee quilt.
Lorna put together this fun stripey quilt from a jellyroll. Then put an older medallion quilt in Anna Marie Horner and linen back together. She had removed the center thinking to do it differently — but after setting it aside for a few years — decided to put it back together as it was and finish it. Then she spent some time working on another older UFO.
Holly had a lot of finishes! She finished putting together a Christmas panel and matching pillows.
She also made some fun pincushions, and even put together another top before we had to pack up on Sunday.
Julie was very busy and was able to finish a bunch of smaller projects.
Then she started on another quilt with the bright solid-colored fabric she won in one of our games.
Kristen made a lovely bearpaw quilt in greens and pink which will be gifted. Then she started on a fun Birch Tree quilt by Crazy Mom Quilts. She was also able to get in a few nice walks on the trails around the property.
Christine spent a lot of time on the portable design wall working out fabric placement for a lovely pink and orange zig-zag quilt.
She also finished piecing together her top for a “sew along” she is doing with her mom. They are making matching quilts using the same fabrics, but different patterns. She was also able to finish her month 9 block from the Playground Block of the Month sew along with Corinne Sovey.
Maria finished her VERY FIRST QUILT top!!! A recently retired art teacher, she spent her free time during her last year of working teaching herself to quilt via online videos. It is stunning in black and white.
Annie made a quilted book for her new grandbaby and put together this awesome Deco (Lo & Behold) baby quilt for another very lucky baby. Her precision is amazing!
Amanda worked on this Elizabeth Hartman Dinosaurs quilt she plans to gift to her nephew. She also put together one of the paper pieced pineapple blocks from our goodie bag.
Jennifer finished chain piecing the blocks she started as a demonstration at our Dec 2020 meeting for the BINGO boards. Then she spent the rest of her time reworking some blue and teal pieces that she originally made in the QuiltConTogether Y-seam class — into a “block” and pattern that would not require Y-seams. (She can make them now, but does not enjoy them, and since she quilts for fun …)
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who donated AMAZING prizes for our games and goodie bags.