|Need I say more?|
|The beginning of a quilt by the retreat crew for our next auction....LOVE IT!|
|A simple bright fabric center encased in simple borders...brilliant!|
|A clever husband drew out this quilt pattern on plywood.|
|Irish chain updated for Jelly Rolls|
|Check out those clever prairie points.|
|these colors will keep you awake|
|For our lone knitter|
|Sunbonnet Sue gone Hallowe'en.|
|Secret Sister gifts|
|As declared by the maker...'One ugly charity quilt!'|
|Beautiful quilt... and look at all those cords!|
|Hundreds of safety pins!|
My own output was very slim for the weekend. I did get most of a little quilt quilted (not shown above), cut fabric for a simple baby quilt, watched a couple of movies, played computer games, worked on my knitting and read most of a book on Brain Games for Your Dog but most of my weekend was spent just relaxing in a lovely location. Camp Allen is just outside of Navasota, TX, home to W. C. Mercantile, a great little yarn shop, and three of us made a pilgrimage there on Saturday afternoon.
What I love about sewing retreats is the opportunity to get away from it all and do what I want when I want without concern for laundry, meals, or dog walking. The fact that I can get some concentrated sewing time is just a bonus.
What I hate about sewing retreats is all that concentrated time with a small group of people. I live alone with a couple of dogs and tend to do my own thing. Imagine my surprise when I heard later that some of the attendees seemed to note how I spent my time. I didn't notice what most of them were doing, just the results of their work.
I've really got to get out more!
One thing I did do on my own was go in search of a screw for my sewing machine. I ended up in a small hardware store in Hempstead. They sent me to a former sewing machine repair store in search of my screw. I never found the screw but I did find a new member of my pack.
He has settled into a spot in front of the fireplace and Alex and Kelis have accepted him as just an other odd thing in the house. He has Alex's anatomy, Kelis's coloring and Kemora's face ... all for a unique mix of Dachshund traits.
Would I go on another retreat...probably. I have been on several corporate retreats which are very similar and several sewing ones in previous years. 2012 may be the year that I spend retreating....there is a knitting one coming up in February and one in April for the sewers and, of course another quilt guild retreat in September. Now that I know the venue so well I will be able to take advantage of all it has to offer like hiking trails, a meditation labyrinth, and I might just make it onto a horse for trail ride. Of course, Navasota deserves at least a few hours exploring it's unique shopping district.
It could be a great year!