Weekend in Review

As much fun as we had this past weekend in Minnesota, it hard to believe any work got done…  But we do have something to show for our time there!

I think the most impressive finish was Shelly P’s star ground for her patriotic challenge quilt…

Bless her heart, she stuck with this pile of template cut pieces until she had this gorgeous piece sewn together:

Now that is perseverence at it’s best…  Same for Mary who faced the daunting task of sewing down this binding at the beginning of the weekend:

And here she is on Sunday morning, giddy with excitement and wrapped in her FINISHED hexagon quilt:

Rene moved to a new home within the last month, and then packed up to fly from Florida to Minnesota to join us.  A little quilt angel dropped off a precut quilt on her doorstep just days before she left, knowing she probably didn’t have time to get a project ready for retreat (how sweet is that!?!)  Here is her gifted kit nearing completion…

Scraps flew,

Blocks were pieced,

Messes were made,

Sewing machines hummed,

Tops came together,

Quilts grew in size, 

UFOs came out of hiding,

and to-do-lists got shorter,

No wonder we all came home tired and worn out!

I even finished my Chrysanthemum Quilt this weekend, pics to follow very soon….

The Sewing Circle

Call it a sewing circle, call it a quilting bee, call it a retreat… No matter how you name it, it all adds up to great friends, good food, inspiration and motivation!  This weekend at Gruber’s was a much needed shot-in-the-arm of quilt-world immersion and a serious dose of sewing motivation!

Toni of All Tangled Up in My Underwear
Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts
Rene of Rene’s Creates
Shelly S. of Shelly’s Quilts
Mary of Mary on Lake Pulaski
Victoria of Bumble Beans Inc., our instigator and organizer
                   (THANK YOU, V!!!)
Terri of Terri’s Notebook
Shelly P. of Prairie Moon Quilts
Andrea of The Little Collection (Sadly, not pictured above)
Heather of Anka’s Treasures (Also not in the picture above)

We laughed, we laughed until we cried, we ate, we slept (a little, anyway), we pieced, we quilted, we ate some more…  
We visited the Minnesota Quilt Show, we shopped (there may or may not have been some fabric acquisitions made…)

Many of us visited this fabulous shop more then once (after all, it was just a short walk across a parking lot from our retreat center)…the sign at the entrance sums it up:

and of course, we got serious about getting some stuff done…

Everyone of these ladies are oozing with talent and generosity, and I consider it a privilege and a blessing to call them friends.  

Can we do this again?  Soon?!?