I love going to this retreat. This is my second year going and it was just as wonderful as last year.
There were less guild members this year (about 80 or so) but this gave us more room to spread out and more space to walk around and really see everyone's projects.
I love that this retreat is in January. It really gets you revved up for the year. Really inspired.
This is Full Bloom designed by Miss Carrie Nelson - Pieced by Carol Dickshat. She is putting this baby in our quilt show this year. The theme of the show is Stars - how appropriate.
And the applique that was being made! This is a Block of the Week program not sure who designed it but those blocks were only 3.5". It was really outstanding work by Peggy Slesinger.
The photo just doesn't do it justice.
Then there was this one. Again, not sure who the designer is but it was brought to life by Wendy Groves. She was ironing the blocks and I loved each one but when she put it together... Wow.
Funny, I am not a huge fan of this layout but I loved this one. Wendy was also working on a Green version of Carrie's Stella Blue pattern. A woman after my own heart! LOL!
The table where these ladies sat was just full of talent. I loved this one too. It was being put together by Wendy's Mom.
I sat with some pretty talented ladies as well. Renee, my roommate, worked on a batik landscape project that was outstanding, I loved that I saw it go from strips to a quilt. I wish I had taken a picture!!! AG!
And then there was Ragi who was one of the most industrious of all. She arrived late Friday and brought several UFOs that were in the last stages of completion. She was just kicking them out like there was no tomorrow. She also quilted the most gorgeous mini of a TCU mascot. Again.. No PICS!!! What was I thinking!
Marian Ann was my other table mate and she, like I, was working on a project that was just taking us much longer than we wanted. Her pattern appeared in an issue of McCall's quilting a few years ago. She was switching up the colors to give it a more modern/summer feel. Lovely lovely.
I worked on my Bali Wedding Star for most of the retreat. I also made a few Flying Geese for my Opening Day quilt. But most of all, I was inspired by these talented ladies. Always there with a words of encouragement and a welcoming smile.