Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Pieceful Retreat

This past weekend was the retreat I attended in Woodstock, IL sponsored by Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop. I was sure many of you would be curious about it so I snapped a few pictures. Everyone had a great, relaxing time and I was happy to participate and meet some new faces and renew a couple of friendships with those quilters I already knew.

The retreat venue itself, run by Loyola University of Chicago, was very nice. Not at all monastic, LOL. It was still quite cold yesterday, however, and I wish the weather had been a little warmer so we could have taken advantage of the lovely grounds. I brought my walking shoes and everything but the wind was bitter. Still pretty and tranquil despite the small traces of snow and ice on the ground. It's definitely not Spring yet . . .

Large and spacious general meeting areas

Plenty of good food. Very important as you work up quite an appetite with those foot pedals, LOL.

Quilters often pack up and bring everything but the kitchen sink, LOL! I was happy to see soooo many little purple Rowenta travel irons -  my own personal favorite. Not only for classes but perfect for using at home too when you're pressing those small blocks. It really heats up well.

I taught the Union Stars quilt from my new book, The Civil War Sewing Circle.

I love to see how others make the blocks and what kinds of fabric they choose.

I suggested patriotic prints for the center of the star blocks. Someone chose to make hers with Nancy Gere's Presidents fabric for the centers.Very cool, I thought.

This is all I know - Windham, by Nancy Gere - don't ask me where to buy it.

It was also fun to see what a few others brought to work on for the weekend.

A happy group of quilters!

Check back TOMORROW - I'll show you a  lovely little collection of antique sewing kits someone brought to the retreat to show me.

ALSO coming this week - A peek at a charming new book I just bought that I'm sure you'll all love.


Sue said...

Great photos. That looks like a lovely place and that everyone had lots of fun!

Petal49 said...

Looks like a fabulous weekend and location. It's really interesting being on the other side of the world and feeling the warmth of our Indian summer.

Cathy said...

It looks like you had a great time. I love your quilt that you taught. Hugs

Anonymous said...

Great photos' looks like everyone is having a grand time. The quilts will be lovely I'm sure. Love that little Rowenta iron and I'm glad you said they work well as I need a new travel one.

Merilyn said...

Looks fantastic Kathy! Thankyou for sharing your retreat with us!!! Wish you could come to our neck of the woods!!

Elyte said...

Wish we could have been there too. Your Union Stars looks lovely draped over the table.

Margreet said...

You've had a great weekend, thank you for showing us these lovely pictures. I love your quilts and books. Greatings from Holland, Margreet

Truffle queen said...

I hope I can talk our retreat chair into using the Woodstock Center! I just read in the PSQG Newsletter that you will be our speaker in June! I can't wait to meet you after following your blog for several months! I'll be taking your workshop - FOR SURE!!

Sarah said...

Our local quilt show has the presidents fabric - Main Street Quilt Co. in Shelbyville, Illinois.


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