My Annual Quilt Retreat

Oh, my, gosh!!! What fun, I love it, I love it, I love it!!! The most awesome part is… I know you know what I’m talking about… Here is our place of extraordinary fun. Quilt retreat on the second floor and quilt shop on the first floor. A design made in heaven to be sure!

So, a group of us met for our annual Wild Rose quilt retreat. We are co-workers, past co-workers and dear friends, and it is a, “what happens, and, is said at retreat stays at retreat” situation, but I can tell you it is more fun than I can have in a year!!! Many times we were laughing so hard we were crying! I would love to say more but you know, I can’t… (snicker!)

Traditionally, I take projects that are almost done and since I work on several projects at a time I can have several projects done by the end of this uproariously campy weekend. However, it usually means my nose is to the grindstone and little socializing is accomplished. This year was different as I decided to take only hand projects thus, narrow my focus ability a bit and use my energy gabbing about.

Also, in the mix is this splendid¬¬¬ coincidence… The little, sleepy retreat town had a most exciting occurrence during our awesome weekend there. They had (what I think was) their annual car show. So, starting at 8:00 am on Saturday we were entertained with awesome music from the 50’s and 60’s all day as well as having 500 of the most beautiful hot rods I have ever seen outside our balcony! It was cause for LOTS of excitement that day.  What you see here is just a smidgen of what eventually was there. Everything was within walking distance too including coffee!!! We also had the most beautiful view of the North side of Mt. Rainier… breathtaking, huh?

Back to the retreat… I had a table to myself (awesome!) so I spread out all seven of my projects. I have a confession, I have a case of the “Woolie Loves”. Yes, I’m a closet primitive design lover that ODs on wool and my most favorite is hand dyed wool (it’s a wool-snob thing; at least that’s what I’ve been told)! The seven projects were entirely wool, hand sewn little quilts, and all were completed except one!!! Wahoo! This is my one and only purchase just for me! Doesn’t it want to make you drool!?!

And then there was the sock caper…

(to be continued…)


  1. Lou Ann - June 20, 2013

    What fun! I’m glad that you had a great time and am very jealous!

  2. Anne Grinley - June 20, 2013

    SO glad for you, Mari..looks like your retreat was a sucess. Anne

  3. Stephanie - June 20, 2013

    Oh my goodness — what fun ladies you are! Love the socks and granny square “shoes.” I love how Connecting Threads has different bloggers sharing things. It’s fun and also interesting to learn more about what goes on “behind the curtain.”

  4. Gayle/La. - June 20, 2013

    I think that a retreat would be so much fun! I would love to go to one at anytime in the future. I will be looking forward to more blogging on this topic. I am so glad you got to go. Was Karen J. There?

  5. Mari - June 20, 2013

    Thank you ladies! I’ll finish up the story on Monday.

  6. Mari - June 20, 2013

    Yep! Karen was there! It was so good to see her again too. Such good people and good friends!

  7. Linda Froggie - June 20, 2013

    What’s in those glasses, Mari? You look awfully happy! I bet it’s rum and coke….
    ~Hopppy quilting~

  8. Linda Froggie - June 20, 2013

    HEY! I recognize that there mountain! And I don’t know what the ‘sock caper’ was, but I LOVE your socks and house shoes.
    ~Hopppy quilting~

  9. Joy - June 21, 2013

    Sooooo much fun Mari 🙂