I’ve had a marvellous week! My home quilting group manages to get away on retreat at least once a year. They’ve been doing this for ages, ‘way longer than I’ve been a member. This one was number 19 for them!
This time, we rented a vacation house in Sooke, which isn’t a long drive from where we live. Just long enough that we don’t feel inclined to go home to sleep every night (which is the point, after all: to get away), but without a ferry ride or long drive to do first. Eight of us committed to spend four nights, and we brought along lots of food, drink, DVDs and sewing to keep us occupied.
Here’s the view from my bedroom:
We had a great space to work. The tables were high, and the sewing machine feet were a bit of a stretch, but we made do, and got LOTS accomplished. Some of us were hand sewing, some machine sewing, and some not quilting at all, but knitting.
We created some lovely pieces, in between meals and watching episodes of the BBC series “Cranford”.
And I finished off two quilts that I had started before. Both are part of my Refractions challenge.
I have now run out of things to work on, believe it or not. These two pieces represent the halfway point of my Refractions challenge which I’m working on for the next year with two friends (a painter and a potter). We are each challenged to produce 10 pieces – these are numbers 4 and 5 for me. Time to design another quilt!
I’m so happy I was home to be a part of this retreat. I get a lot done when I am away from home, in a beautiful place with good friends. We did a little singing, too, and a LOT of laughing. I can’t wait till I can do it again!