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Monday, October 11, 2010

Quilting Retreat at EAA

I attended my first quilting retreat.  We had wonderful accomodations at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Air Academy Lodge.  There were 25 of us, and we had the entire lodge to ourselves. 
The grounds were beautiful and the weather was perfect.  When you needed a break,  you could take a relaxing walk on the trails, or go visit a LQS. 

These statues are atop a scenic overlook. On each of four benches, were personal items belonging to this family. You can see a flight jacket on the bench in this picture.  The woman's sweater had eight pointed stars on it.  Indoors, one of the first things to greet us was the "chocolate salad" below. 
I was amazed at the talent and creativity!  It was fascinating listening to the discussion amongst the quilters.  Here are some of the projects people brought on the retreat. 

Above are the templates I made for marking my baby quilt.  Below is the pattern on the quilt.  I got everything quilted except the border.

This quilt won in a competition.  There are 323 stars in it.  The woman who made it (at right) told us how many half square triangles it had, but I don't recall the number.  Her original plan was for a larger quilt but she reached a point where she just could not make one more star!

This pineapple quilt is so intricate.  It was met with many "ooohs" and "aaahs."

This is an aerial view of the work space.  The large windows provided lots of sunshine and a beautiful sunset.
 Had a great time and learned a lot.  I think there will be more quilting retreats in my future.  :)


Joanne said...

I am glad you had a great time! Looks like lot of fun!

Barb said...

Oh...looks like an awesome time was had by all...that chocolate salad was the best. Truly loved seeing what everyone was working on, thankd!