Retreat Fun!

I was at a 4 day retreat earlier this week … and if you’ve ever been to a retreat, you know that they are a LOT of fun. A friend (Cheryl) and I have been organizing this retreat for several years (not including when Covid was at its height). The venue has been Edenvale, near Abbotsford … it’s a wonderful place with great accommodations, excellent food, a well lit sewing area and a beautiful forest nature hiking area. Unfortunately, this was our last retreat as they are switching to having long-term residents.

I know I didn’t get pictures of everyone’s projects. There was so much going on! Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects:

I worked a little on several projects, but I managed to finish one … this Winter Branches table runner. I will be teaching this at Essem on November 30. You can register for the class HERE. Simina will have a few kits with this exact fabric. Let her know if you want a kit!

We played a game for the secret gift exchange and I ended up receiving this very cute little boxed zipper pouch! A long with a tape measure book mark with sewing machine ends, some sewing bandaids (not shown), a pencil that says “If only sewing machines had erasers,” and 3 yummy Aero chocolate bars. Thank you, Juli!

I’ve already shown you what I made for the secret gift exchange, but I didn’t say what it was for:

Here’s a picture of most of us …

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

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  2. Looks like you had a great time! So sorry you won’t be able to go there again. Love the idea of a secret gift exchange. What fun! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  3. Hi Gail, it looks like you had a great time at the retreat. I’ll be attending an in-town retreat next weekend (if I’m symptom free – yes, caught it too!) Your basket is so cute. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. Take care.

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    • Hi Andrée!
      If you’ve got it now, you should be fine next weekend … as far as I understand, you’re most contagious prior to symptoms! I hope you get to enjoy the retreat!
      Thank you for hosting Free Motion Mavericks! 🙂


  4. Love the thought of such a retreat…a treat for sure, for quilter/artists amazing women….. and especially one who I know personally——even though I am not a quilter , she loves me!!!

    Love the mushroom quilt squares, and the branch runner. 😍

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    • Thanks, Cindy!
      The group of ladies are amazing! Each one has so much to offer to the group!
      The mushrooms are made with thousands of French knots (embroidery) and Laura always does a suburb job!


  5. Sounds like an awesome retreat and all the quilts look great! If I could walk into a retreat and have everything there I needed I think I would enjoy it much more. I just hate packing it all up and tearing it all down before and afterwards!! Glad you all had a great time. Our guild hosts a couple each year, but I just stay home and sew!

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    • Hi Brenda,
      I know it’s easier to stay home and sew … but, it’s also so much fun to sew with others! I’m always learning something and I laugh way more when I’m with others than when I’m by myself! LOL!!! 🙂

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