Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Retreat - 2013

Take 13 friends (12 quilters and one needlecrafter), put them 2 hours from home (to far to go home at night), give them one large room to work in, 13 small rooms with bath for when they finally decide to go to sleep, feed them at 2 hour intervals, and you have Quilt Retreat.

We held the retreat at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, ON. The facility is beautiful, the food is good, and they give us lots of space to work. 

This was our quilting room.

I got a lot of exercise, just walking from one end to the other. It is hard to see, but at the other end are the design walls and the snack table.  Down the middle are the cutting tables, which are also used to lay out blocks. We each have 2 large tables, grouped in pairs, so we can share the extension cords.

 I am not the tidiest quilter, and as you can see, I was creating a new pile of scraps!

I started my project at about 3 PM Friday, and by noon Saturday, I had finished this much.
And by supper time, I had this.
It is my version of Karen's Maritime Beauty Table Topper. Of course I seem to have been unable to follow the colour placement suggestions that came with the quilt, but they were just suggestions, right, Karen? I cut the binding for it after supper, and packed it up to bring home and quilt.
This is my retreat mascot, Twila Rose. She has her own little quilt, and goes to retreat, even if I can't go. (She brings the JuJubes.)

The other big attraction in Cornwall, is a place called Ron's Fabrics, where they sell quilting flannels for $3.99/m. and batiks for $9.99/m. The fabric is somewhat dated, but good quality, and we all end up taking home as much unsewn fabric as we brought with us.

Now I need to make some pillow cases from the flannel.

I am linking to WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network.
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  1. Looks like you had a very organized set up. We have, thanks to our instructer, a hotel that accomidates about 60 ladies.

  2. I love quilt retreat! We do two a year here at a local resource centre, very reasonable. It's only minutes away from me but I make sure not to have to leave for anything!

  3. You were very productive, especially with all the temptations of snacks and people to talk to!

  4. Very nice....sounds like lots of fun....I love Karen's patterns...I did her NY Roudabout

  5. It sounds like your retreat was productive. I've always wanted to go on one and the NAV Centre isn't that far... Glad you had a great time!

  6. Beautiful table topper, love the fabrics.