Posted By drsao on February 11, 2008
I just got back from my very first ever Quilt Retreat or as the hostess, Cathy, calls it – Quilt Camp, in Corolla, North Carolina. I met such nice women who inspired me with their creativity and skills – I learned so much! Thanks to all of the wonderful quilters who enriched my knowledge of quilting. Quilters are the NICEST PEOPLE EVER……..and entertaining as well.
Here are some of my pictures……first, I just had to include my BELOVED Brother Duetta sewing machine that I purchased from The Quilter’s Corner in Midlothian, VA. This is just the BEST MACHINE EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD – I love it. It does everything including threading my needle and cutting my thread – and if I were a skilled operator (like some of my many new BFF retreat folks) it would reveal spectacular embroidery and quilting feats. Here is the table where I worked on the king-sized bed quilt that will be on my daughter and son-in-law’s bed this summer!
Christy, the owner of the “beach cottage,” brought THE BARON with her – and he was the ONLY MALE in the house. What a special dog. I fell in love with this Great Dane. I have never seen such a quiet, lovable, well-mannered, beautiful dog. In the picture, he is sitting on my new friend Claudette’s lap. He sat on my lap too – just like that – he just BACKED UP AND SAT DOWN as if he were a tiny little cuddly lovable puppy……he certainly isn’t tiny or little, but he is certainly cuddly and lovable! I think he charmed everyone there. I know that I now REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT a Great Dane. Who would have ever guessed that a dog of that size would be so gentle and mild-mannered?
Look at all of the beautiful quilts that were produced in only four days! I have included only SOME of them. The first two are the GREAT BLOCKS quilts….I must make one of these!!!! I enjoyed admiring the works from all of the talented quilters that were displayed on the railings for all to enjoy! The red, white and black Snowball quilt (with me sitting on the corner) is what I worked on during the retreat….the foyer provided a wonderful place to put the quilts out for display! There were table runners (Lynn), quilts in progress (Susan) and quilts that only existed in our dreams! Claudette is working on a handpieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt – and I can’t wait to get some 30’s fabrics to start my own! There were MANY OTHER BEAUTIFUL QUILTS – too numerous to display here.
In addition to the quilting, there was time to enjoy each other’s culinary accomplishments. My mother will be proud to hear that her Bubble Wreath did not turn out flat this time. LOL In addition to eating, we took pictures of each other……and of the sunset and sunrise.
The retreat left me relaxed and inspired – I am thankful for the memories.