Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Quilt Retreat at Quiltworks.

I know that quilt retreats are very popular with American quilters and I have read about them with envy on quilters blogs. It was my ambition to go on one myself and this weekend I organised my own quilt retreat for my group of quilting friends.
After a recommendation from someone on BQL I booked a retreat in Cumbria at Quiltworks hosted by Maureen.
And what a wonderful weekend we had - continuous quilting from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime with gaps for marvelous meals and cakes cooked by Maureen.

The first photo is of the spacious, warm quilting studio. Loads of room for the 6 of us.

Here is the corner for relaxing with quilting books and magazines and a view of the wonderful stove which keeps the studio toasty warm.
We didn't have any taught classes - just worked on our own projects. I managed to baste two quilts and worked on putting together the log cabin blocks from the Birthday Block Swap from last year.

The weekend was wonderful, much better than I could have imagined. If you can get to Quiltworks I know you will not be disappointed and Maureen has regular classes with Pat Archibald as well as some workshops with Gloria Loughman and Dena Crain coming up this summer.
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Quilthaze said...

Your retreat sounds amazing and I love the way you've arranged the the log cabin blocks.

Jude said...

I've always wanted to go on a retreat...can you arrange one for over here...haha!!

Jandi said...

It looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

Heckety said...

Your retreat sounds lovely- I'm surprised you came home! I did a class with Pat Archibold at the Festival of Quilts last year and she was amazing, she knew so much and was so eager to share she could hardly get the words out fast enough. And Dena Craine is another sort of amazing- I met her in Kenya several times and assisted her once when she was jurying a quilt competition. Huh, I wish I lived nearer to Cumbria!

Lucy said...

That is an excellent idea.