Sunday, April 22, 2012

Back from my retreat at Bear Creek Farms

Here we are. We are all covered in threads. We all have great memories of such great food, friendship and a great sewing area.
Bear Creek Farms in Bryant Indiana goes all out for our comfort! The food is wonderful. The workers there all seem to bend over backwards for us. And we leave their lovely private dining room's carpet covered in so many threads we worry about how they will remove it all!!!!

I am the third from the left in the front row.

One of the BESTEST waitresses there. This little lady was handed 18 cameras and asked to take the group's photo! Every camera has issues and different buttons. And quite a few had dead batteries! HA! But she was a brave soul and achieved the task at hand!

 I did not get as much sewing done as I wanted to. But isn't that the way retreats are???? Too much visiting and food!!!
I did make a good sized stack of partial blocks. These 1 1/2" strips feel so big compared to the 1 " strips I have been using.

 I also got some retail therapy. A new pair of really soft and comfy slippers.
 Some pretty pink beads to make myself a stiletto as per Our Bonnie's tutorial.

And here is my table mate and friend Laura W. This was her first sewing retreat. She really had a great time. And she got more sewing done than I did!!!!

Seated is Ellen who only brought hand sewing along. She really has the right idea. Traveling light makes it so much easier to set up! She finished her Mystery quilt!

Seated are Linda and Deb and standing is Gladys. These ladies are all so very talented. Deb is our connection to Project Linus. She and Linda can really crank out those quilts!

Look at Donna's perfect posture!!!! She just recently retired and she is so pleased that she is able to finish more projects now.

I had issues with the table height. I am not short (5'6") but the tables are tall and the chairs are short (even with a full size pillow underneath me!). So, I moved my machine to the TV tray and ironed on the table. I want and am going to get one of those Sew EZI tables. This setup really hurt my back. I am sure I would have gotten more done if I had been more comfortable.

Here are Gladys on the left and Peg on the right! Peg is another Bonnie Hunter fan. You should see her container of 2" squares. It has to weigh 20 lbs!!! A scrappy quilter's dream. I am sure I left some drool at her table!

Rita is our quilter who makes the best dimensional quilts. From Prairie points to 3-D flowers. Lots of tiny pieces. And her Singer sewing machine just pounds away at all those thick seams. There were times it sounded like a jack hammer from that side of the room!!!!! We all had to laugh at that!!!! Rita is a quiet lady but her Singer makes up for it!!!

 Mary is one of our Ohio members. She is also a quilt teacher for two other guilds in Ohio.  Her DH crafted this sewing machine table for her from a folding table. This is what I want need.

Oh my...I cannot remember this lady's name. She is also from Ohio and is being tutored by Our Mary. For a new quilter she has a great color sense and made a lovely quilt top this weekend. And she used my favorite colors...Autumn hues.

Deb W. to the left, back of Donna and on the right is Deb's mother, Sara. Deb and Sara make the most beautiful applique' quilts. Then they drive them to Pennsylvania for Amish hand quilting. Their finished projects are true works of art!!
I am glad to be home. All the kitties missed me. DH kept busy. He painted the bathroom!!!  A big surprise for me!!!! Nasty job as a wall paper border had to be removed. And I had done the paint job using a sponge method and there were great gobs of color that needed to be painted over. He says he had to put three coats of primer before the wall was ready for the final color. Now we just need to decide what color we BOTH want. What a man!!!


Kats Studio said...

Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

Leeann said...

Yes get a sewezi table they are great. I got one about 2 years ago after thinking about for like 5 years! I should have got it sooner it's great. I use it at home as well as when I go to a retreat etc. Looks like everyone had fun at your retreat, hope your back is feeling better.

regan said...

Looks like you had a great time at retreat.....and a newly painted bathroom to boot! Yay!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Sounds like you had fun even though the set-up wasn't the most comfortable. A sewing machine set on a regular table is always to high for me too and I'm a couple inches taller than you. I simply pile one stack chair on top of another and that makes it about perfect. It doesn't harm good sturdy chairs, but doesn't work so good with those really cheap ones. Of course, just sitting on the really cheap ones gets them all bent out of shape.

Elaine Adair said...

I read your mention of the sewing height when at retreats. I have used quilts, cushions, doubled up the chairs, etc., to get to the right height. Finally found a good BOAT CUSHION (a Thowable Device type) - works very well, has straps for holding. The seat remains firm and doesn't squish. A friend had MADE me a wonderful cushion, but every time I sat on it, it made an unpleasant noise like a you-know-what! LOL The boat cushion remains silent and firm. 8-))