Sunday, September 22, 2013

A High Sierra's Retreat!!

I am so excited to tell you about my time up at Camp Keola, near Huntington Lake, California!   We had a small retreat with a group of 24 women.

It was a stunning setting.   About 7,000 ft. elevation, and the weather was dreamy!  Highs in the low 70's and the lows in the upper 30,s.

When we got there, the room was empty.  We got right to setting up all of the tables and getting ready for a great time of sewing.

And before you could count to was all a flutter with whirring machines and chatter about what projects we were each working on!

Can you guess which of my friends gave me this little gem?    Her style is distinctive...YES!!, Cindy from Live A Colorful Life!!

The first night, I made my first Alaska quilt.   I bought this fabric from my visit to "The Silver Thimble" in Ketchikan in May.

The second day, I made my second Alaskan quilt!   I bought this kit from "The Rushin' Taylor" in Skagway.   The name of this pattern is  "I Spy Alaska - With a Twist" by Lisa Moore.

On the third day, a couple of the girls wanted to know how to make a collapsible thread catcher, so I gave an impromptu lesson!

After lunch, we had a "1600" quilt sew off.   I finished mine in 47min., 37 sec.!   I didn't set any records, but what a thrill it was to try.

 I took my "1600" a few steps further.  I split it, flipped the smaller strip and added some extra borders!  If you are still with me....bless you!   I am pleased with the way my quilt tops turned out. Now to must get to the task of quilting them!   I have a lot more pictures, but I will stop here.   All in all, it was a wonderful weekend of sewing, fellowship and great food!   I hope to have at least one of these tops completed for the Whoop Whoop Friday hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  We shall see!

Don't you wish (me too) that you had this backdrop for all of your photo sessions?

Please, link on over to Sarah Lizzies to get a look at a true artist!! She has done some fantastic work that I have personally never seen done before.  Prepare to be amazed!!!!

Linking to: Tuesday Archives at Val's Quilting Studio!


Kim said...

So you weren't sitting on a rock drinking in all that stupendous scenery all weekend, Miss Vicki!! ;) Looks as if there was much too much fun to be had at your retreat. Three quilt tops....glory be!! AND a "1600" in 47min!! I trust that you took your Super Woman cape with you and wore it proudly!!

ipatchandquilt said...

Wonderful retreat. Looks like it was a blast!
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Susan said...

What an amazing place for a retreat and to take photos- very inspiring! Good luck getting a quilt or two to the finish line!

Lorna McMahon said...

The view was splendid. But I like the shot of everyone's machines set up to sew! Glad you had a great time and were so productive.... But even happier that you are back!

Deborah said...

Fabulous post, Vicki! I may have to "borrow" a picture or two!! It was sew wonderful being with you and the rest of the gang!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

It was a wonderful weekend!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Your retreat sounds amazing! I love the little cushion from Cindy and your sew off top looks fab :)

jan said...

Wowzer! You were a busy little bee! They all look terrific and the scenery looked fantastic. Glad you had such a great time.
xo jan@sewandsowfarm

crazyquilter said...

Congratulations on getting all the stitching done. Obviously not all just chatter and eating, you girls really put the foot down and got some stitching done. Thanks for sharing.

Trepmom said...

Wow, Vicki. You really got it done! Love your quilt tops and love love love the pillow for baby Charlotte.

Ruth said...

Wow you got so much completed. I love the giant Chevon and the strip and flip quilt.

Sewing Mom said...

Found it! I have seen the tutorial for that quilt! And I actually like what you did with it better than just the rows. I've thought about making one, as I won a jelly roll, I'm just not sure I want to use it for that. =) Maybe I'll have to cut my own strips and give it a while. I love sewing with the pedal to the metal. =) My poor machine. =)

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