Quilting Retreat

This week I got away for some lovely sewing time at a quilting retreat hosted by American Quilting.  Good times. (Many thanks to those who made it possible – especially Grandma.) The two quilts above were made by talented quilter, Ann Lewis.

It was held at the lovely Zermatt resort in Midway Utah. You may remember I went for 24 hours last year where I got to meet my quilting idol, Sandy Klop
 Well, no Sandy this year, but still plenty of fun, entertaining people (shout out to you, D!) and this time I got to stay for two whole days!
There was still plenty of inspiration 
 and quilt eye candy.
 And real candy.
I basically pigged out while I was there.
But I was also SO productive. I brought a bunch of works-in-progress. (Some of which were 4 years old. Seriously.) And I finished them! I will share them in future posts.  (Which was another bonus side-effect – lots of good future blog-post material.)
I even started a couple of new projects – including cutting up the pile of Dream On fabrics I’ve been hording saving carefully for a couple of years. I’m going to use this pattern with a green solid sashing.  It will give it such a different look. I’m excited to see how it turns out.
 In the process I added a lot of thread to my lint collection. Occupational hazard.
(Memo to self: bring a lint-roller next time. At least I was among understanding folks.)

Good to get away.  And the productivity was awesome. Sleep was minimal, but I’ll catch up on that later. I had to come home early for events at home, including the 5th-grade “Maturation Program” – I mean, who wants to miss that??

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    Jamie Lee
    March 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Wow that sounds like a real treat! Those quilts are beautiful. Maybe when my kids are older and/or I&#39;m done having kids I&#39;ll be able to go on a few retreats.<br /><br />I love Dream On. I have a layer cake and some yardage squirreled away myself:)

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    March 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time! Can&#39;t wait to see the finishes and the new projects….

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    Katy Cameron
    March 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    You wear your projects so well… ;o) Looks like a fab retreat, and yay for knocking some of those WIPs off the list!

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    vintage grey
    March 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time! I would love to go to a quilt retreat one day! I always look like that when I am sewing. My lint roller gets a lot of use!! Have a beautiful weekend! xo Heather

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    March 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    What a fun retreat! You had me at gelato. : )

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    Melissa Corry
    March 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Nothing beets a good Maturation program. Glad you had a great time and got a lot done 🙂

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    Sarah Craig
    March 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I always tell people that the lint on my clothes is the mark of my profession! Looks like you had a wonderful time on retreat…. 😉

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    March 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Is there a pattern for the circle flower quilt somewhere? It is gorgeous!

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    March 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Wow — there are some gorgeous quilts there! Looks like you had a wonderful time — lint and all!

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    tubilinha tiacarminha
    March 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Que FIAPOS?Estes são glórias do trabalho.Adorei o post,muito obrigada.Beijos.

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    Carol D.
    March 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Oh I love that pinwheel design at the top. How cute. Glad you had a productive and fun and tasty time.

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    March 31, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Sounds like you had a fun and productive time! Good for you!

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    Sew Create It - Jane
    March 31, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Sounds incredible restful and productive at the same time! I love the picture of your sweater…I often go like that on the school run and then have fellow moms trying to pick off the threads…LOL – it&#39;s an endless job!

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    March 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Ha! Fun quilting, fun lint, and fun programs at home. The awesome full life of a quilting Mom. Love it!

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    March 31, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I love going on a quilt retreat! I&#39;m in a great group of women and we got twice a year ~ to a place where the hostess feeds us! it&#39;s so nice to just focus on sewing and not worry about food, washing up or taking care of anyone. <br />Lots of pretty quilts were made, especially love the one that looks like an asterisk.

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    March 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Retreats are just what us Mom&#39;s need to rejuvenate! Would love to have the pattern to the circle flower quilt with the black ends. Do you know if there is one? Thanks bzzybe@gmail.com

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    Elizabeth Dackson
    March 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Gosh, that sounds like a lot of fun! Glad to hear you had just a great time!

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    March 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I&#39;m also wondering about the pattern to the circular one. LOVE IT!! Do you know the pattern or manufacturer/designer? Thx.<br />Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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    March 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Always look forward to receiving your blog updates in my emails. Thanks for sharing the awesome photos, not only of the quilts but also the absolutely gorgeous places you visit and live in. I will probably never get back to America (there as a teenage visitor), so it is like armchair travel, Vicki from Australia xx

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    March 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Looks like loads of fun! I just love the lint, like I tell my hubby who always is laughing at me and my sweaters cause I look like that: &quot;I just come with strings attached&quot; 😉

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    March 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    It looks absolutely lovely. Can&#39;t wait to see all that you worked on!

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    April 1, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Good grief, what on earth is a maturation programme?! It sounds a bit scary. Glad I&#39;m not the only one who carries lint like a fashion statement 🙂

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    April 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Im so glad to see someone else has been hoarding their dream on fabric! until i read your post i forgot i have a pile in my cupboard – i can&#39;t wait to see your quilt finished – its inspired me to go pull mine out and see what i can make!

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    April 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    It was such a fun retreat! You are very talented and it was fun seeing what you were working on!

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    Heidi ;)
    April 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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    Shop Girl
    April 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I am so glad you had some time to refill your cup! Shout out to all the Grandmas everywhere who recognize we all need a break once and a while. Amy M. Does a fantastic retreat. It is on my wish list one day.

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    April 15, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Yes please…info on that flower quilt…LOVE it!!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I love the star quilt and would very much like to know if one could get the pattern?

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      amy smart
      March 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      So sorry. I did not make that quilt, so I&#39;m not sure what the pattern is or where it came from. Wish I was more helpful!

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      April 3, 2013 at 5:51 am

      Does Ann Lewis have a blog where I could contact her?<br />

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    Improv scrap quilt
    January 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    […] classes or eating gelato from the nearby bakery. (You can read and see more about past retreat here and here.) The second week is sold out, but there are still spots available during the first week […]

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    Check out this hive of activity!
    (Some interesting looking men walked in and asked if it was the Sewing Olympics.)

    As I mentioned in my previously cranky post,
    (Skip it if you haven’t already been bored to tears by it)
    I went to my first-ever Quilt Retreat!
    (Well, I went to about 15% of it.)
    This was a 3-day, 2-night retreat at a hotel in Provo, Utah.
    I couldn’t pull-off attending the whole thing, but because I have an in
    (the retreat was hosted by American Quilting where I work occasionally)
    they let me horn my way in for an afternoon/evening of sewing and socializing.
    Lots of neat women there.
    (Quilters are just fun people, you know?)
    Including 4 other Amy’s (or Aimee’s).
    Other talented folks with blogs you may read like Kim, Rae Ann, and Lori Holt.

    This was Lori Holt’s sewing area.
    See? She is just as cute in real life as her quilts!
    Another reason I really wanted to attend this particular afternoon was because
    Nanette Merrill of Freda’s Hive was doing a trunk show.It was so much fun for me to see Nanette’s quilts in real life
    -many of which I’d admired from afar on her blog.
    Nanette is as genuine and wonderful as she comes across on her blog. She’s a gem.
    (And I was totally inspired by her quilts! You can see more of the trunk show here.
    Here are some of the things I got done.
    (Wow, it’s amazing what a person can do with 3 hours of uninterrupted sewing time.)
    A few more of my Union Jack blocks.
    And I finally pieced the top for my own daughter’s pink, red, and turquoise quilt.
    All it needs now is the borders sewn on and it’s ready to quilt!Here is what I didn’t get done.
    My little purse.
    I did go to the class and purchase the clasp.
    I spent the rest of that time pouring through Lori Holt’s stack of quilts.
    WOW. They are amazing. I’ve never seen detail like hers.

    Many thanks for all the kind wishes and blogger-editor commiseration.
    (And helpful suggestions too!)
    It’s nice to be among friends when you’re not having your finest moment.

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    Laurie, the girls and Scott
    February 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Amy! I love your union jacks! I&#39;ve finished 3 so far. Let&#39;s go to London when we&#39;re done and show them off to our people.

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    February 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    So much fun…glad you got to go if only for part…I&#39;m sure it was worth every minute you got to spend! I&#39;ve only seen a couple of Lori&#39;s quilts in person…but they are amazing…and Nanette&#39;s are so inspiring as well!

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    Margaret @ Konstant Kaos
    February 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Love your daughters quilt with the textured squares of chenille (spelling?). I&#39;d love to go to a quilters retreat .. definately on my to-do list.

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    February 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Your first retreat? You have years ahead of fun to look forward to. I agree, having Kim, Nanette and Lori all in the same place is such a wonderful experience.

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    February 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Oh, it all looks so fabulous. You achieved a lot in the time you were there – so glad you enjoyed as Retreats are such fun!<br />Hugs – Lurline♥

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    Kim Walus
    February 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    It was so fun to see you at the retreat. I just wish you had had more time to hang out with us. I barely had time to say hi and visit for a few minutes. Maybe next year you can come for the whole time.

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    The Quilt Buddy
    February 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Wow…what fun!!!…Jealous…Jealous!!

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    February 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    thanks for sharing all those photos!!

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    Aunt Spicy
    February 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    the union squares are fabulous!

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    live a colorful life
    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    You&#39;re union jack blocks are fabulous. I can&#39;t wait to start mine. I leave Thursday morning for a whole weekend of quilting up in the mountains. Trying to get organized. And counting down the minutes. Can&#39;t wait! Isn&#39;t it so much fun??

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    February 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I love your fun site. I&#39;m wondering if I have possibly met you before? We attend the HMQS in Sandy every year, and I have a quilt shop in Panguitch UT.<br />Keep up the great work!

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    Denise :)
    February 23, 2010 at 6:34 am

    How very fun! And what a coincidence, too — I went to my very first quilt retreat this weekend. Three nights and four glorious days; just twelve of us, but between us and the machines, the room was <i>humming</i>! Glad you had a good time; I did too! 🙂

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    February 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    You should come to the Utah Valley Quilt Guild retreat in November. We could be roomies!

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    Sew Create It - Jane
    February 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Love those Union Jacks! Gorgeous!

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    Rae Ann
    February 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations Amy! You are the lucky number…100th follower on my blog. Head over to my blog…<br />Cutiepinwheel.blogspot.com and check out what you have won!<br />Thanks for sharing the pictures of the retreat. I wish I was back there right now with all of the fun women. I loved it that you were able to come for at least some of the time. Enjoyed seeing you and your mom!

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    February 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Glad you got to get away for some much needed sewing/girl time, even if it was only a short time. Love your Union Jack blocks. Lucky you to get to meet some of my favorite bloggers.

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    February 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    ooooh – 3 hours of uninterrupted sewing time? What a dream! Your union jack&#39;s are DARLING. I can&#39;t wait to see it all finished.

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    February 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I&#39;d have a hard time getting anything done at a retreat with those amazing women! Glad you had fun.

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    March 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Aw, thanks for showing me and my quilts. It was really fun to be with you and the girls. What a nice retreat.

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