Mike went skiing at Saddleback. He is having fun trying out different mountains each time he takes a ski trip and he thought that Saddleback was one of the best mountains he's tried so far. He had a blast!
Best of all was that I was able to go with him. Sometimes I go on Mike's ski trips and just sew by myself in our hotel room, which can get kind of lonely. Mike went web surfing and found the Cabin Fever Reliever Weekend for me at the Threads Galore Quilt Shop, owned by Carol and Dan Perkins, so I was able to spend my whole weekend sewing with a group of other quilters. What fun!
Threads Galore is a full service quilt shop and they also have a retreat center next door. Your quilt group can rent the retreat center and hold their own quilting weekend. There is a full kitchen and several bedrooms upstairs. The retreat will hold up to nine quilters comfortably.
The work space is great, spacious and full of natural light. We sewed every day from 9 to 5. The retreat also included lunch, home-made daily by Dan, Carol's husband and business partner.
|Everyone got their own table and design wall.|
|There was a large cutting table and three ironing stations.|
|My workspace at the retreat.|
|Our project for the weekend was Galaxy by Deb Tucker.|
|You can make the quilt in three different sizes, simply by choosing a different size block. |
Shown at top is the small block, then the large block, and the medium block.
|I chose a palette of black and blue inspired by the blue and black print shown second from the left.|
|This was one of the beautiful class samples. This is the small size quilt.|
|This is the other class sample, shown in the medium size.|
|Here I am with my new quilt in progress. I got a lot done!|
|Sue's quilt, using the large size blocks|
|Peggy's quilt, a wedding gift for her son.|
|Betsy's quilt, a gift for her granddaughter.|
|Our instructor Carol was working on these |
wonky star blocks, made from her scrap stash.
|Dan came in to show off his star quilt in progress. |
Each star block is a tiny three inches finished.
|Here is a close-up. Each individual piece in the block finishes to one inch!|
|Larry Pug, Mike and Elvis (Romeo is sleeping in his crate).|
Happy Anniversary Babe! Love You!
Happy Presidents' Day!
Pugs and kisses,