The Shipshewana retreat was fantastic!
There were "early in the morning quilters" and "night owl quilters".
I am in the first group and retired early. I was amazed at how many little blocks I did complete. I only worked on one project. But almost everyone worked on many, many projects.
Judy L. brought her finished "Mystery" quilt. It was beautiful. She added 7 borders to the quilt and it was great eye candy!
Bonnie brought her Featherweight with the "hot" paint job. There are flames on the bed of the machine. Gorgeous machine! Bonnie also shared her tricks on sewing hexies. It was so nice to see Bonnie again. She is so beautiful in person and in spirit.
OK....caught in the act of SAVING scraps from the landfill. I did have permission from the other quilters. Bonnie had already resigned from collecting scraps and offered the basket to me. Of course I jumped on that offer. I have some of Bonnie's peacock blue in my paper-pieced pineapple blocks now.
After seeing how small my needed scrap size was, other quilters started making deposits at my sewing station. I added all of them to my blocks with joy. Now when I look at my blocks I will be reminded of the great time I had sewing at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana at a 4 day quilting retreat. The Farmstead Inn is a great place to go to have a relaxed and calm vacation. Life moves at a different speed in this small Amish town of 565 permanent residents. On Saturday early evening I saw at least 50 buggies moving at a proud trot into town. The horse hooves make the loveliest sound in the air.
I did make two trips into town to shop for fabric. Yoders is a store that carries everything from fabric to tractors. Then there is Lolly's in the Davis mercantile building. I hit the basement store where all fabric is only $5.99 a yard. WHOOOHOOO! But I really did not buy very much. One of our quilters spent so much that she was given a "tiara" from the shop owner.
I hope all of you will be able to view this video of our cat Macy. Hubby has taught her a trick. She will roll over on command. Her reward is a thorough brushing. She LOVES to be brushed even though she has the shortest coat of all our cats. Hubby holds the brush and asks her to roll over....then asks her to roll all the way over. So turn up the volume and you can hear him giving the command.