Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Quilting Retreat

It's our annual quilting retreat this weekend.

I smile when I see photos of quilters in USA and Canada going to retreats at luxury lodges in the woods, besides glistening lakes.

The Lodges at Cresthaven, Lake George, NY - taken at random from

Sadly, it's not like that here in New Zealand.  We go to the Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington.  It used to be a Catholic convalescence home so it has lots of showers and bathrooms, but they are turning it into a conference centre slowly.  I've heard there have been major renovations completed since we were last there, so I hope to see some big changes.

Most of my friends will be sewing up a storm on their machines this weekend.  I'm going to leave mine at home and focus on hand quilting my quilt for our exhibition.  The hand in date is only two weeks away, and I still have a lot to do.

I'll also prepare some more Glitter blocks for hand piecing, and maybe even do a bit of English Paper Piecing and hand piecing if I have time.

I can always drive home and get my sewing machine if I think I want a change, otherwise I'll be hand quilting.



Sounds like a nice plan to me--I love doing hand work these days--so always like to have some ready for each afternoon--have some fun at the retreat--
enjoy, di

dq said...

For me a quilt retreat is a quilt retreat. It doesn't matter the location. I have done more retreats in family member homes than anywhere else.

I think it wonderful that you will be doing handwork. You don't have to pack a heavy machine and all those tools.


Denice Barker said...

I always do hand work. The machine is stored in a closet in the bathroom and brought out for the most basic things like putting on a border or binding. I love the ease of taking just what I need when I go on retreat and marvel at what my friends lug around with them because they all use machines and have to drag around all the "stuff" that goes with that.

momto1 said...

I believe this is the first time I've admitted to having thread envy. Thank you. Aside from your other gorgeous work, I now have something new to aspire to...

Dawn said...

What a delicious supply of quilting threads!

Blah said...

I'm with you on doing handwork. You can sit anywhere (like in the sun) and get any from the zooming of the machines. It's far more social in a group setting than sitting behind a machine - as long as someone else is doing handwork too!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I now rarely take a sewing machine on retreat and thoroughly enjoy being without it. Like yours, our retreats are not in glamourous locations but are run in former boarding schools (I almost got my old room one year) and religious centres where nuns go to escape (lots of pomegranates and crucifixes on the walls). Still, we have a great time. I am sure you will too!