Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I'm back!

Did you miss me?  hehe, I didn't make a fuss about when I was leaving for quilt retreat, because it just didn't seem wise to advertise that my house would be empty.  I left Thursday morning and returned Sunday afternoon, and I've been running around playing catch-up ever since :) 

Oh, I almost forgot, Happy Mother's Day! {ok, so I'm a little late...}

So, about that retreat :)  I went to Purity Spring Resort in NH. My Mom and two of my Aunts stayed for the full week {I'm so jealous!} and I joined them Thursday.  They saved me a good seat by the windows, so I gave them some pink penguin fabric baskets to help keep the tables organised :)

There are directions for a couple mystery quilts made available to attendees, but I just sewed on my own projects. 'Cause I need another WIP like I need a hole in the head. {some of you know what I'm talking about, right?}

(If you aren't familiar with mystery quilts, basically you get fabric requirements in advance and follow the directions without knowing what the finished design will be until you are done - I'm too much of a control freak to find that fun :) }

The views were spectacular



There were Canadian Geese with babies, beaver, heron, and Loons in the lake.  At night we could hear the loons calling if we left our windows open.  There is a small flower garden by the dining room windows that attracts butterflies and a feeder for the hummingbirds, which is a nice treat for me because I can kill any plant in record time.  Anything in my yard has to be a hardy survivor :)


There were canoes & kayaks, a swimming pool, a massage therapist...


and so much food I don't think I ate for two days after I got home!  Between fabulous meals they keep you well supplied with coffee, tea, and pastries etc.

{do I sound like an infomercial yet? I promise I'm not being paid to promote this place - they really are just awesome}

And yeah, some quilting happened, too :)


I cut into my Going Coastal {love love love this fabric!} using Amanda Jean's Zigzag quilt pattern


I've got more to show & tell, but I'll save it for another post.  Meanwhile, my crabs and I are heading over to WIP Wednesday to see what everyone else is doing...

13 comments:

Nicole said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time! I love your Going Coastal project!

Emma said...

The star fishies are so cute! It sounds like a great retreat in a beautiful location.

moonlightsewing said...

Love the zig zag quilt. Going Coastal is a great collection.

And it looks like we hang out in the same places (sew and tell friday, skill builder sampler). I should add those buttons to my blog as well!!

moonlightsewing said...

Love the zig zag quilt. Going Coastal is a great collection.

And it looks like we hang out in the same places (sew and tell friday, skill builder sampler). I should add those buttons to my blog as well!!

moonlightsewing said...

Love the zig zag quilt. Going Coastal is a great collection.

And it looks like we hang out in the same places (sew and tell friday, skill builder sampler). I should add those buttons to my blog as well!!

Nicole said...

What a great sewing get-away! Love the going coastal!

Kelly Smith said...

I am so jealous! I have about 10 years before I think hubby would be comfortable enough for me to leave for an overnight trip, well definitely a few more months before I am done nursing. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Gorgeous WIP too! I can't wait to see more of this!

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing all those pics...makes me ready for summer! Love the fabric in the zigzag quilt. Fun!!!

Chez Roo said...

Wow, your retreat sounds awesome! And you definitely need a massage therapist after quilting for days at a time! I have made one of those zig zag quilts out of vintage sheets, and I can't wait to make another one - your fabrics look great in this pattern!

April said...

Your retreat sounds like it was lovely! And Loons, they sound so sad but peaceful. Your zigzag quilt is looking beautiful, I can't wait to see it finished. happy quilting! April@Little Mama Hen

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It sounds brilliant!!
The going coastal looks great, love those fabrics and the zig zags really suit them!
Have fun with your crabs ;)

Cherie said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Love the progress on the new quilt =D

Jana said...

That retreat sounds wonderful.
I am really loving your crabs. You have me wanting some now. They look great.