Barn Quilt

Barn Quilt

You guys. I had the most fun this past weekend! I had the opportunity to spend several days with this fantastic group of quilter/bloggers:

Quilter Bloggers Retreat Group

Front Row: Dave, Tish, Sandra Middle Row: Terry, Me Top Row: Jennifer, Julie

You probably recognize many of us: Dave (The Quilt Engineer), Tish (TishnWonderland), Sandra (mmm!Quilts), Jennifer (The Inquiring Quilter), and Julie (Pink Doxies). Terry Hartzell is an art quilter and fairly new blogger. You can visit her page at Terry Ann Hartzell.

This weekend has been in the works for a while and I was so excited to go. I was really looking forward to finally meeting, in person, bloggers whom I have been talking with for a long time.

We called our meeting the Quilt Bloggers International Retreat and tagged it on Instagram as #qbir. You can check out the hashtag for lots of pics from all of us. We gained International status when Sandra was able to attend – she drove all the way from Canada! 🙂

Julie was our hostess for the weekend and she pulled it off flawlessly. There is so much to see and do where she lives and we had a blast sightseeing, shopping, sewing, and eating good food.

Enough talk! How about some pictures?

Retreat Space

Retreat Space – Plenty of room for us and all of our stuff!

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Somewhere Sewing - One of the many shops to visit.

Somewhere Sewing – One of the many shops to visit!

Antique Shop

Antique Shop – with the friendliest fur pets!

I have to tell you about this antique shop. It is owned and operated by the sweetest woman named Teresa. Julie had talked with Teresa before our weekend about us visiting, and when we arrived Teresa had prepared a lovely tea for us. Homemade cookies and brownies, fresh pressed apple cider, and tea waited for us. I was so touched by her and her sweet personality. Seriously, how many shop owners would do that??

I took the picture of the barn quilt (below) at Teresa’s home. She told me it is a family quilt, and it is fantastic!

Barn Quilt

Barn Quilt

Our last evening there we had dinner at a local winery called Raven’s Glenn. The food was delicious and Dave and Tish unknowingly scored all of us free wine glasses. 🙂 So now all of us have a souvenir of our dinner there!

ravens-glen-winery

I have so much more to share with you about this weekend – after all, we did do a LOT of fabric shopping and a few pieces might have come home with me. But that will have to wait for a post of its own since this one is getting so long!

So, in case you haven’t guessed by now – that weekend retreat and hanging out with a wonderful group of people is my total crush for this week! I feel so re-energized and am excited to spend time in my sewing room this week! I’ll certainly be sharing my projects with you, and I want you to share yours with me.

Speaking of shared projects, let’s take a look at some of the link-ups from MCM last week.

Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts made these adorable coasters from little star blocks. I think these would be so fun to have on hand when guests visit, or to give as a gift.

Photo by Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts

Photo by Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts

 

I was blessed to see Sandra’s mini quilt in person and all I can say is wow! I hope you get a chance to visit Sandra’s blog and read about this round robin mini – it really is a special quilt. The center block is much smaller than I had anticipated, and the quilting makes it pop!

Photo by Sandra of mmm! Quilts

Photo by Sandra of mmm! Quilts

 

Finally, Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties is working on some amazing applique blocks! I am in awe of how much she accomplishes and how pretty her work is. She shares some great link information in her post about applique patterns – be sure to check it out.

Photo by Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties

Photo by Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties

And now, on to this week’s Main Crush Monday linky party! Join in and share what you are crushing on this week – what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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