Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 Glenrose Retreat

Another successful retreat at Warwick's wonderful Glenrose Patchwork Shop's cottages and workroom.

 Maree presented us with a lovely welcoming gift bag. In it was a wine glass ring (all individually named), a Barbara Smith Designs booklet and a challenge. We all had to make the thread catchers, pictured below. Thank you, Maree.

 Some of us are just too vertically challenged to reach the top of the design wall.

It didn't stop Helen from getting her DH's quilt top finished.

 We did not starve! This is an example of one our morning teas. In the middle is the rest of my birthday cake. The night of my birthday was fun. I made dinner. Helen gave us all party bags with lollies and toys. De had us playing the children's game Pass the Parcel. It was a happy, fun night with lots of laughter. Thank you, girls.

 This is what I achieved on the first 2 days. I had all the squares cut, but that was it. I had to sew them together, then cut it up using the itsy bitty twister template and sew them together again. My glasses will give you an idea of size of the finished top.
I then worked on my Gossip in the Garden centre block. It's nearly done, just a few more words to embroider.

 There was lots of concentration. This tablecloth top by Alison had several people offering to take it home. It certainly would fit into my dinning room.

The quilt behind Marilyn is made from leftovers. Another quilt top that had offers of  a new home.

Teresa's bag - very unusual fabric that had us intrigued.

I have not shown De's quilt as it is a present for someone special. Let's just say that although it was out of her colour range comfort zone. It looks great.
 This was another challenge that several of the girls took up. It's the SewTogether bag.  Very versatile with all those zip pockets.

 Sandi gave us another kit. This is what we have to make before our next Christmas in July dinner. In the background you can see the remains of this year's dinner, cooked by Maree. Actually there's not much remaining. I think someone licked their plate clean.

It certainly was colder this year than last year.

 After much stirring (from us) and perseverance by Maree, her Anni Downs' bag was finished.

Her 'thumb's up' could also signify another successful retreat.

Thank you, everyone. I had a ball.



Susan said...

Looks like every one was busy in between all the other stuff!!

Anita said...

Looks like a fun retreat! You all gots lots do sewing done!
Love your twister mat, how small were the squares to start with?

shez said...

awesome pics i love seeing what you girls achieve so many beautiful projects.xx

Chookyblue...... said...

woops just found this post I have saved to comment girls had such a great time at's such a lovely spot to go to..........