As I mentioned, last weekend I got to sneak away to the mountains to sew at a retreat called Quilt Bliss. It was heavenly. It was amazingly well-organized by Pam and her helpers from the Utah County Modern Quilt Group. I have been excitedly looking forward to it for weeks!! Just what I needed post-holidays – a little getaway time with fun friends, new and old, and time to catch-up on neglected sewing projects.
The setting was spectacular. We’ve had little snow all of January, until the day of Quilt Bliss (of course) which gave everything a fresh dusting of white powder.
Including the roads, which makes mountain travel a little more sketchy. Fortunately the folks from Dave’s Bernina and Heather from the Quilt Barn helped us out and we made it to our destination safely in the end. But it made for more of an adventure.
And I have to share the sweetest, serendipitous moment here. Fortunately I wore my snow boots for the drive up (which are pretty comfy), but didn’t bring any other shoes or slippers and only a pair of ‘regular socks’ to wear each day. When we got to the lodge my legs and feet were wet from getting the car out of the snow and I was wishing I had something cozier to put on my feet while my boots dried by the fire. That’s when I saw Maggie who gave me a sweet little hand made bag and inside were some beautiful hand-knit wool socks! It was such a happy little blessing at that moment!
Once we got there and got settled in our accommodations and enjoyed a gourmet dinner of salmon and pork loin (I’m not kidding) we got right down to business: sewing.
Really, it’s hard to beat a room full of giddy women with two full days of creative, sewing time! Plus, the people are always just fun. I like quilt-y people a lot. And it’s always so much fun to meet more of them. Especially when you have time to just hang out in your pajamas and visit and sew and eat lots of good food. And maybe even have a Frozen sing-along…
Another thing I love about retreats is I always love seeing what people are working on. Lots of pretty star blocks from the paper-piecing class. (Look at those perfect points!)
Here’s Heather again with some of her Swoon and Union Jack blocks. (Heather has a shop and retreat place called the Quilt Barn in Kimberly, ID. I’ve followed her on Instagram for a while and it was fun to finally meet in person.)
I love being inspired by the gorgeous things people create. This was a little swap gift made by April. The details were amazing!
I was asked to teach a class about organizing and using your scraps. (I love that topic. I finally started a Pin Board to keep track of my favorite Scraps projects.) I then demo’ed a strings-foundation-pieced quilt block (similar to this one). You can see mine in the picture at the top of this post. It’s not finished. I’m trying to decide whether to just add borders, or make more blocks. We’ll see… But loved seeing what the students in the class did with their scraps!
I especially loved this one Andi made using selvage pieces!
While we were there we were also treated to some spectacular trunk shows. Here is Sherri McConnell showing off a quilt made by her great-grandmother that inspired her newest book Fresh Family Traditions.
I just love Sherri. She is an amazing quilter, as evidenced by her enormous Dear Jane quilt.
Sarah Jane Wright also came up Saturday afternoon and shared some of her creative journey with us. It was so inspiring!
As you can imagine, it was great to get away for a few days. I was a little worker bee the whole time trying to catch up on a lot of projects and upcoming deadlines. Wifi was super spotty – which is both a good and bad thing too, right? (Katy snapped this pic of Sherri and I at lunch one day when I finally caught the first whiff of Wifi!) No instagram distractions 😉 but I felt like I came home to a lot of emails to catch up on. Still, totally worth it.
I hope Quilt Bliss will happen again. I am so there. It’s such a great to get away and sew with other people. Even if you can’t get away, just get together with some friends one afternoon, or join a local guild. I can’t believe how blessed I’ve been to find real-life-quilty friends. They (you!) are such a blessing!