Tootsie Rolls, Please! September 14, 2015 12:10

It's "back to work" mode, today, after spending a delightful weekend in Shipshewana, Indiana at a quilt retreat!

Our group was smaller, this time, and we kept the spools spinning, the chatter going, and the treats were awesome!  We were missing some friends, this year, due to health issues, and their lovely personalities, as well as their work, was missed.

The project was a beautiful Christmas Tree skirt, and, while many of the ladies chose that project, there were several of us that worked on completing those UFO's that seem to pile up on us.

In addition to the candies necessary for quilting, there was plenty of eye candy in the fabric selections for the various quilts, tree skirts, bags, appliqued wall hangings and pillow cases under construction....traditional Christmas prints, Halloween prints, red white and blue for a Valor quilt, golds, Fall prints, and batiks.  One of our newest joined the group with her mother, and worked on her impeccable cross-stitching, using a beautiful variety of colors in her design.  Of course, there were several ladies that had to shop for more can never have enough!  

The gift exchange was a lot of fun, with items ranging from boxes of project bags (yay!) to a darling "Frazzled Woman" doll that included a seam ripper in her apron.  Patterns and fabrics, hand lotions, candles and coasters, and other delightful items, were also in the exchange.  

Our "oohs" and "ahhs" were uttered as each new pattern was shared, fabric audition decided and project, completed.  Encouragement, quilting tools and techniques were shared, lavishly.

Our instructor, affectionately nick-named the Quilting Fairy, was up before everyone had risen and after everyone had retired, to cut, stitch, embellish, and repair our projects, and sneak in a gift, or of us woke to find her notebook with a quilted cover!  

Guests at the hotel would peek in as they passed, some staying to visit and view the beauty inside, others to wonder what "all that noise is about"!  Our hosts at the hotel were very kind, and had our tables, extension cords and power bars for each table, ironing boards and irons, snack table, cutting table (complete with risers!) and a refrigerator set up before we arrived.  How wonderful is that?  If you are looking for a hotel, the Farmstead Inn is the place to go while in Shipshewana!  

Well, it's back to work, here........

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!