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re·treat n.
1. a. The act or process of withdrawing, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant.   (read: Real Life)
    b. The process of going backward or receding from a position or condition gained. (As in, forgetting all my quilting hang-ups, opening my eyes to new ways of doing things)
2. A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security.
3. a. A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude.
    b. A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study: a religious retreat.
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On Saturday, I spend the day at the home of a very thoughtful and generous friend.  8 of us gathered to sew with Victoria, in an amazing space decked out with tables, chairs, ironing boards, cutting mats, hot tea and homemade caramels.  At one point or another throughout the day it fit each of the definitions for "retreat" above. Peaceful, secure, withdrawal for meditation, contemplation.  I was only part of the retreat for less than 10 hours, but it really gave me a chance to think about things differently and appreciate things in a new way.
Some photos:
Mosaic Geese in Flight, 1890-1910
Folk Art Museum, maker unknown.

L>R: Me, Bonnie, Kim, Helen

V, taking the best photos.


The sweatshop setup
Radiating Squares ready to go.

and look who we found in the scrap bin!
 Some realizations:
  • Scrappy quilts don't have to be made with scraps.
  • it's better to think less and sew more.
  • women need other women.  (I knew this one, but had forgotten.)
  • the AccuQuilt Go may well be a wise investment..
  • I ♥ New York.
I'd love to expand on any of these ideas in their own posts if I find the time.  We'll see.

I'm still collecting my thoughts after the experience but I can tell you that my creative energy has been renewed and new ideas are flowing faster than I can jot them down.  The suitcase isn't unpacked yet though so I have nothing to show just yet.  Hopefully soon.  I have a lot of playing to do.


  1. It was so good to see you on Saturday and enjoyed having you there, although the time was too short. But the highlight of the day was definitely the cuteness found in the scrap bin. He just brought the biggest smile to my face. I hope we can do this again soon!

  2. It looks like a lovely time. Especially in the scrap bin!

  3. What a wonderful weekend you girls had! I love to sew in a group too, it's so recharging to have all that creative energy around you. Love the picture of G in the scraps! A classic.

  4. I SO agree on all of your points. I am also energized for more creativity soon. I'm so glad to have met you, and really hope to see you again! You're a lot of fun and your work is amazing.

  5. Oh your little guy is just too the group picture on V's blog I am watching him instead of smiling for the camera. I sure enjoyed meeting you and seeing your beautiful work.
    I don't know how you do all you do with a toddler in the house.... my goodness.
    And your big guy is pretty cute too :0).

    Happy Sewing

  6. Hi, I found your through Nifty Quilts. Just want to say I love the square quilt you made during the retreat. It's so simple but totally radiates with life. You must have had the best time.


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