Quilting Retreat 2019

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For those of you that don’t know, I attend a couple different quilting retreats with my Mom every year. You can see my post on last year’s retreat here. I also have a couple older posts from 20142015, and 2016 retreats. I’m not a quilter but I have found over the years that a quilting retreat is a great way to get some good reading done! So I tag along and while all the other ladies are quilting, I read! This year I was also determined that I be creative as well so I brought a coloring book to try and enhance my creative abilities. I also ended up helping one of the ladies with a project for a quilt she was making that was super fun! This year was another super productive and fun year, and I wanted to share with you readers a run-down of what happens at our mystical retreat weekends!

Here was my overall schedule for the weekend:

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We started retreat on Thursday afternoon this year, which was earlier than in recent years. The extra time made a big difference and allowed me just a bit more time to get reading and other things done! Below are some highlights and pictures from the weekend:

  • Thursday:
    • First picture colored! I purchased this Magical Planner on Amazon a few weeks ago because (a) I like magical things and (b) I like coloring. I already have a planner but I liked the information this planner has and I’m hoping to learn something new! Below are before and after pictures of the coloring! Love how all the colors really make the picture come alive.
  • Friday:
    • Mom and I went to a local winery, Chamard Vineyards, and did a tasting. We go here every year to get a stamp in our CT Winery Passports and also because we like wine! I snagged a few pictures below from the winery, which is beautiful.
  • Saturday:
    • My handsome husband came to visit! We shared a delicious lunch and then went for a hike. The retreat center where we go for the Quilt Retreat has extensive trails and also various sporting gear. We found a basketball court along the way and decided to stop and shoot a couple hoops (picture below!). There’s also a gorgeous outdoor worship space that I love taking pictures of every year, it’s right on the water and is just so peaceful. Picture included below!
  • Sunday:
    • I helped one of my friends, Debbie, with a quilt she was working on! I like stretching my creative muscles during retreat and I had great fun helping Debbie pick out which fabrics to use for the doggy glasses!

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I also included a picture below of a few other quilts that ladies (and mom) were working on during the weekend and another picture that I colored during the weekend. Also my desk space where I hang out for the weekend is pictured below!

 

Quilting Retreat 2015

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This past weekend was the yearly Quilting Retreat that my mom and I attend. The above picture is our faithful alarm clock from retreat, we call him Pickles the Peacock. He lives at the camp where we stay for Retreat and he is a very vocal peacock, especially at 5am. For those that don’t know the background, my Mom is part of a Quilt Guild (here is their Facebook page) and every year they go on a retreat the weekend after Memorial Day weekend and spend the whole weekend quilting. For the past few years I come along and spend the whole weekend reading. Here is my post from last year’s retreat. You can also read about retreat on my Mom’s blog, joann94wquilts.

So this year I think I was a little overzealous when packing because I brought 8 books with me, not including the one I had already started. I was bummed though because I didn’t get to start reading until about 5 pm on Friday. By the time we got to the Incarnation Camp in Ivoryton, CT, unpacked the car, and got my Mom’s sewing station set up it was about 11am. At that point I ended up having to do something for work (blah) that took me a little over an hour. Then we had lunch and I started reading after lunch but only got about 4 pages in before I promptly fell asleep. I had been up until 1:30am Thursday night doing laundry and packing for retreat and then I was up at 5:30am to drive over to my Mom’s, so by 1pm Friday I was dead tired. I took a two hour nap, then when I woke up it was time for our daily walk (Mom and I take a walk every day to make sure we are getting some exercise). We saw the adorable baby goat (see pictures below) and then I did some additional exercises and took a shower. Could barely believe it but it was already 5pm and almost time for dinner. Suffice it to say I didn’t get as much reading done on Friday as I would have liked. Luckily, I was able to read all of Saturday as we didn’t go out anywhere this year like we usually do. And then Sunday I read for most of the morning in between getting things packed up into the car when I could.

So that being said, I started reading Pride and Prejudice on Friday afternoon/evening and finished it before dinner on Saturday. After doing my blog post on it, I started reading the first book in the Hunger Games series and finished that book by Sunday before lunch (blog post to follow, I’m just doing one blog post after I finish the whole series). I started reading the second book in the Hunger Games series next but I didn’t get too far since we had lunch at noon and then we did final clean up and packing before we had to be out by 2pm. Overall I still consider the weekend a success but I wish I had planned my reading choices differently. Besides reading, I also spent some time assisting the ladies with IT items and helping my Mom with a few quilt related decisions.

I’ve included a collection of photos from the trip below. Some I took, and some are from other people’s Facebook pages.

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I would encourage any reader to try this. Taking a whole weekend away just to read is great fun and I think it is a real treat to be able to devote your time for a whole weekend to reading.