Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Quilting Retreat.

16 ladies from my Patchwork and Quilting Group stayed over for 2 nights at Retreat. Others joined us for the day on Saturday. The weather was sunny and warm and in one photo I took you can see the group who took an early morning walk along the beach at Papamoa ( towards Te Puke on Saturday and towards the Mt. on Sunday ). It was lovely to stay by the sea and as one of my room mates likes the window wide open at night I fell asleep to the sound of breakers crashing in on the beach.

We all provided the food so of course there was far too much eating but it was yummy. ( women / mothers all take a little extra just in case ).

On Friday night we all did the obligatory set project - usually a fiddly challenge and this was no exception. Everyone sitting around the long table joking and story telling while we worked. The resulting row of "wee Mirrie Bell Noel" dolls or fairies or angels can be seen sitting on the piano next day. Mine has purple hair.
I took 3 projects to finish with me. The hand quilting on the little purple and green quilt got completed. The Fun Flowers is now at the sandwiching stage and while we watched a video on Saturday night I stitched pentagons together to make another of my felt balls ( see my very early posts ).
It was ,as always ,a fun time and a time to get to know others better. The other photos show some of the girls working at their own projects. Unfortunately because I am taking the photos I am not in them. Maybe one of the others has one with me in.
We were so lucky with the weather because yesterday and again today we have much needed heavy rain. The Waikato and Taranaki, both areas desperate for rain, are getting some too but because this is the Bay of Plenty we are getting the most!
Found out the twisted scarf in my last post is a Moebius scarf - named after a mathematician .


Molly said...

What a cute chorus of angels! Nothing like the company of other quilters to encourage you to make progress...Can almost fill my lungs with that bracing beach air. Glad you had such a nice time!

meggie said...

Seeing the beaches of my childhood takes me right back. I can smell the air- & feel the nippy wind!
Another lovely retreat. It is just what I need right now.

Deb H said...

It looks like a wonderful time.

peggy said...

OMG, those angel dolls are just too cute...where can one find that pattern?
Peggy in NJ

Ali Honey said...

Hi Peggy, I have emailed you regarding the pattern.