We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and unloaded our stuff--why is it that quilters can never travel light? We had a fabulous dinner and then went to the House of Trix for our evening program. Each quilter told a bit about herself. Some were returnees from prior retreats and some were new--some so new that this was their first retreat ever! I came up with a new game to play--Quilt-o! It's tons of fun and is played similar to Bingo but with quilting terms. It even works for non-quilters because you don't have to define the terms--just find them.
The first full day found us back in Trix. It's a huge room over a small indent in the lake. The water actually runs from behind the building, under the building and then joins the lake. In the first picture you can see my view from the rear of the room looking toward the lake. There is a wonderful porch and you can wade directly off the porch!
Martha, Cindy, Sheila, Nancy, Myra and Liz are making their templates.
On the other side of the room we have Mary Ellen, Gale, Sharon G., Sandy and Paula.
After making the templates, fabrics were spread everywhere and carefully considered. In the true spirit of quilting, fabrics were shared and opinions freely given.
You can see how intent everyone is on making the right choices! Some were able to choose fabrics for all parts of the design right away and others chose one fabric at a time and cut those pieces and auditioned for the next set. It was fun to see the choices!
Next post will include even more photos. Be prepared to live vicariously through the blog as we explore Retreat 2009.
Did you all remember how special you are?