Monday, March 22

The proof is in the pictures..........

that we all had a really good time at Heidi Kaisand's "Spring into Action" retreat. She pampered us with lovely gifts like those in the photo below. When we arrived on Friday evening, there was a basket filled with goodies for each of us and a real daisy in the cutest little vase. Everyone got busy sewing almost as soon as they arrived and it was so much fun to meet so many new quilters from near and far! We enjoyed homemade breads, cheese, fresh veggies and goodies for our Friday evening supper. And then we continued to sew..........

On Saturday morning there was a "Springtime" pincushion sitting by each of our sewing machines. Lunch was a "bag lunch" from "The Machine Shed" which is the restaurant next door to Comfort Inn and Suites where the retreat was held (and also right next to Living*History*Farms). We all received a kit from Heidi for a tablerunner and I'm going to share that project in a seperate post. :-) Sewing continued after lunch and then there was an afternoon snack of popcorn and more sewing. Dinner was a delicious chicken breast and broasted potatoes with salad and bread and..........are ya hungry yet? :-) There were fabric doorprizes right after dinner and I have plans for the fabric I won, so that's another post I can do. Then I think Heidi's gift of copies of American Patchwork Quilting magazine came next. She made personalized luggage tags for each of us and slipped them over the rolled up issues of APQ. The goodies just kept coming. I mean really good, goodies...........Oreo bon-bons. I'm not sure that's what they were really called but they were made with oreos and then covered with white chocolate and sprinkles. Oh, my gosh, were they good! There was a lot of sewing, laughing, chatting, and projects completed on Sunday and then we woke to another gift! Each of us found a covered notebook at our machines on Sunday morning! Oh, yes, we were pampered and I loved every minute of it. I needed a vacation after this long winter and Heidi's retreat was just the ticket! And to remember the weekend......as if I would forget it!.........I bought one of Heidi's Hen and Chicks charms. :-)

Now, it's time to share photos of some of the sewing fun that we enjoyed. You all know that I came prepared to sew springy things. I packed my project bag with lots of pink and green and got to the sewing fun almost immediately! This picture sums up my Friday evening.........

And by late Friday night.......or early Saturday morning, I had completed my quilt top!


Across the table from me was my sewing buddy, Sue. We had tried once before to come to Heidi's retreat but family events didn't work out so we couldn't make it. This time, though, we booked our space last fall and there was nothing that was going to keep us from this fun weekend! We had such a good time that we are still smiling about it two days later. :-)




Smiles were on a lot of our faces as one of the neat aspects of Heidi's retreat was that there was a Millennium long-arm quilting machine set up in the room across the hall from the sewing room. We all had the opportunity to learn about machine quilting and then actually quilt our projects!!! How cool is that?!!!

In the photo above, DawnCavanaugh is helping Donna Jo (left) and Melissa (right) to position Melissa's quilt on the Millennium. The machine quilting opportunity that we all enjoyed was such a gift that I'm going to share more on this in a seperate post next week. It will be the first post I do after my Good Eggs/Bunny Hop ends. It was all so interesting that I just need to share it later when I have more time. There were lots of projects quilted so I'll share those then. In the meantime, here are a few more photos from the retreat...........

Deb Peterson, from Illinois (owner of QuiltersGeneralStore ), put the finishing touches on this quilt top on Saturday afternoon.

Lynne Hagmeier is showing retreat guests the technique for her new design that will be at Spring Quilt Market. Lynne's website is here and her blog is here.

And here is Heidi with a lovely quilt top she finished for here son. Amidst all the prep and hosting, she completed this top and I am just amazed at her energy! Double-click on the photo so you can see the cute print that she used in this.

This is Cathy Gies and she is admiring her finished blocks. She is working on Heidi's "Echo" quilt pattern (you'll find it on her blog). Cathy had a great sense of humor. She made us laugh and made us sing. It was great fun! I'm her "new best friend" as she was coveting a bag I brought that I made from Nanette's pattern last fall. She tried to convince me to give it to her but I couldn't part with the bag. I did tell her that "you never know what might come in the mail"..........so she gave me her address. :-) And since a lot of you get packages in the mail from me, well, Cathy may yet get a bag!

There's just one more picture to share right now....

I finished my top on Friday night and on Sunday, I machine quilted it with help from Dawn. So what did I do on Saturday?..............I stitched up these pillows! I brought some finished tulip blocks with me and fabrics so I could make these for my quilty bedrooms. The pink one will go in my green quilty bedroom and the green pillow goes in the pink quilty bedroom. I'll also share more on these pillows, plus I'll give you the pattern for the tulip in a post on March 30th. These tulip blocks have been "planted" in my "to do" pile since 2003. I think it was about time they "blossomed" into finished projects!!


Sending out a big THANK YOU to Heidi for a lovely retreat!! It was wonderful!


Sandi

9 comments:

Suebee said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing.

Pat said...

That sounds like an AMAZING retreat and what a TREAT to be able to quilt your own top on that machine!!! Can't wait for the follow up posts about various aspects of the retreat!!!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I have some nieces who work at a Machine Shed in Appleton or Menasha or somewhere around there in WI. Never heard of it until they worked there! Love all your projects and the pillows are gorgeous...so springy!

Looking forward to the start of the Good Egg event! I'm ready!

MGM

luv2quilt2 said...

What a great retreat! I haven't been to one for a year and a half, and never to one with so many goodies. Your projects look great.

Karen said...

Sounds like a delightful retreat. You all were treated very well!

Crispy said...

WOW what a wonderful retreat!! I love the tree quilt that was shown. I have a feeling this may become an annual event for you to attend :0)

Crispy

Laura said...

Sandi, sounds like you had such a wonderful retreat! I'm jealous. Looking forward to our next retreat together. Love to see you got a whole quilt top put together at the retreat. Good job! -- Laura

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love the quilt sandi, I have made one of those and it is really fun. What a lovely lovely retreat.

Beth said...

Your top came out lovely. The colors look even better than they did in your bag. Glad you had fun and I am looking forward to hearing more about the retreat events.

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