Friday, September 30, 2016

What Happens at the Retreat..............

Hello Everyone,
Another successful Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat came to an end yesterday.  This is just a small sample of the beautiful quilts made by all of the beautiful women.

The day started with another mini-lecture, then we all walked down to the amphitheater for our group photo.  Then back to the lodge for a tasty frittata brunch.  I do NOT want to step on the scale when I return home.
I got all weepy when Rose presented me with two cards signed by all of "my girls".  I had to read them in private so people didn't see me become a blithering idiot.  Their sentiments touched my heart.

Here are pictures of "tablemates".  Some of the nicest people you would ever want to know.


Shelley and Rose you have to come back since I forgot to take your pictures!

After brunch the room started to empty as the girls packed up and headed for home. This part of the retreat always makes me sad. Some had great distances to drive and wanted to be home before dark. 

Here's one group photo of friends, sisters, and cousins heading for home.  Gail and I want them to adopt us into their family.  We promise to behave.....not!

Words fail me to express my appreciation to the wonderful ladies who came to the retreat.  Their camaraderie, inspiration, compassion, sense of humor, love for each other, love of life, and faith, filled the room every minute of every day.  We all are returning home better people, and have widened our circle of friends......all through our love of quilting. I love you all!
P.S. The only thing we missed was seeing a bear.  Next time, I'm going to dress Mazey up in a bear costume and have her stroll through the room.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day Two

Hello Everyone,
It looks like I was so tired last night that I only posted pictures and no text.  So today I'll add the text. Some of the girls got together and purchased their cute shirts before the retreat. Since my last name is Wilder.....this is perfect.

Now the parade of quilts. Gorgeous, gorgeous!

This is Jane's original design using 3/4" hexies and two sizes of diamonds.  WOW.

Lucy Boston was well represented at the retreat.

A little down time on the deck is always a good thing.

Here are just a few glimpses of the creativity that I saw as I walked around the room.

We are calling ourselves the Lovely Lushes.

And we even had a stripper appear.  Not a Chippendale.....but a quilter gone wild with strip piecing.

More fun in store today.


Wine, Women and Chocolate

Hello Everyone,
It was a great first, full day of quilting at Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat.  This was actually taken during appetizer time today.....we don't tipple during the day!

I'm not sure what I was talking about, but everyone in the lecture area was smiling.  What a great group!  I do mini lectures throughout the day.  If the quilters are interested in the topic, they wander on over to the lecture area.

After lunch, a few of the girls went for two walks around the lake.

 Insert sad face looking at our dead and dying trees here in the mountains.

Oh by the way, a whole lot of quilting was happening!

Isn't this a nice idea that Rose made for her block layout sheet for Heritage.


Shelley won the first giveaway, a layer cake which was generously donated by Marcus Fabrics.

Patty doesn't have a tail, just miles of binding.

The food has been excellent. 

 Our brunch today.

I love Terry's version of Madrigal.  This is the first one that I know of made in all batiks.

Love the center basket.

Some wonderful, quilted goodness is happening up here in the mountains.  Wish you all could see it in person. Today is another full day of fun, learning, quilting, eating, chatting, walking, laughing......