And in reality, it started on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 when I arrived home from work. Tish was busy getting stuff together for a trip. A trip that....
I agreed to take, which would put me at what was to become known as the Quilt Bloggers International Retreat. The main reason I agreed to go was that Tish was not going to make the long drive herself, and I knew it was something she really wanted to do. Further, she often sacrifices for the family and in reality...she deserved to be able to go. So, she asked me...."Are you looking forward to going?" I responded with "No." I am never one for long trips. I don't like traffic, and I am very reserved on who I agree to share my time with. Meeting new people is not a major issue, however being in a group of new people...that is a different story.
Julie at Pink Doxies welcomed us into her "home", or should I say quilt studio, to spend a few days at a retreat. Julie was a very gracious host who was very welcoming, and more than happy to share her expertise. She had no problem with showing us her success and a few of her "failures" which are really just bumps in the road (learning experiences). Not only did she welcome us in, but after getting everyone set up in her studio, she shared with me, and another participant (Terry), her expertise on fabric painting. This is where I failed. I made several different prints, but failed to take pictures of them. It was a great experience and I learned alot about the use of paints and how they affix themselves to the fabric. I learned that the prints will last and that you have to "start with the end in mind". Julie also made me understand that there is a time to say "when" when you have exhausted your creativity. Julie was wonderful to share her time with me, when in reality, she had other people that were just as deserving of her time. Thanks Julie!!!
Prior to the retreat, I had met Beth with Cooking Up Quilts in person. She is a wonderful person and has great designs. Her work can be seen at Bolt and Quarters. Sandra at MMMQuilts, I have met via video chat, and she is a phenomenal quilter. Her recent post depicts the level of expertise she has. Not only that, but she too is a generous person. I can't say enough...her husband is a phenomenal person and a great personality.
The last pic here is of Sandra working on a quilt layout of block we all contributed.
Here are my blocks
Next came shopping....shopping till we dropped.
Shopping was successful. We hit many shops in various places including one at the end of a road. It was a small personal shop that was basically in a garage where we found of all things, a wooden nickle from WV. The woman was so fabulous and she had all kinds of feed sack pieces that were cheap...really too cheap in my opinion. She knew all the stories of almost everything that was in the store. I even picked up a traditional slate turkey call for $5.00. That is a steal. We paid it forward there, and I will likely do a separate post on all the shops we visited. This brings us to the last day which was a short but fun work day, which had me pressing and piecing HST blocks. If you recall, I won a bunch of Fat Quarters at the local guild meeting, and promised I would make something of the fabric. So, I pressed on (pun intended) and created all my HST blocks and was able to borrow Beth's BlocLoc tool. It worked well, but I need practice to work with it well. I finished the chassis as I call it...flimsy to the rest of the quilt wold. Once I finish the "quilt", which is a table runner, I will post a blog on this also.
So Saturday's fast work processes brought the QBIR to a close, and I have to admit I had alot of fun, I learned ALOT!!! And I met some wonderful people. I hope to attend another should it occur again.
Though I know I will talk to most of you again....I will miss you! You have changed my life, and I feel it is for the better!
Fast forward to yesterday evening and today. We arrived home and Caroline was more than happy to greet us and our wares!
Last but not least....
The QBIR was a success and I hope they have it again. I would go back if invited.
Tonight I am linking up with Mollie Sparkles Sunday Stash