The Rural Thimble…Quilt retreat

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Spring quilt

Spring quilt

Have you ever returned from a trip and wondered why you didn’t take more pictures?  I am so guilty of that this week.  Last weekend 10 “quilties” went to Holmes Co in OH for a quilt retreat.  I rode up with Pam and Tammy and we left at 7 am to beat a winter storm that was headed our way.  We beat the storm and headed out for breakfast…delish!  We then made a quick trip to the cheese store before the snow started to fall.  On to the Rural Thimble…

We arrived to a wonderful house that is located next to our favorite quilt shop, Miller’s Dry Goods.  The ladies there run the quilt shop, a cabin retreat behind the shop and this newest addition, The Rural Thimble.  I was set up just for quilters.  We walked into a big room with overhead lighting and table with comfortable chairs for everyone.  We had 4 bedrooms with 8 twin beds and one double bed and they also had a pull out sofa.  The kitchen was fully stocked with everything but our food. The ladies started to arrive and we ended up having a great weekend.  We watched the snow fall while a big pot of vegetable soup cooked on the stove.  We enjoy loads of laughs and great food and even got a few projects finished or at least go a good start.

wool project

wool project

Pam learned how to do the blanket stitch on wool.  This was her first wool project.  There are 11 other blocks so I hope she will share them with us later.  She also complete the Spring wallhanging at the top of this post.

Tammy's crayons

Happy Hauntings

Happy Hauntings

These are the projects that Tammy worked on.   All three of us are working on the Happy Hauntings quilt that I mentioned in my earlier post “The Doctor is Hiking“.  I forgot to take a picture of mine before I took it off the design board.  Pam is making a smaller version and she got her skeleton finished.  I think there were 112 bones in that!

Penny Haren blocks

Penny Haren blocks

This picture doesn’t do these blocks justice.  The colors are not true, but you can get the idea of how wonderful they look.  Connie was trying to catch up on some blocks from a class she is taking from Penny Haren.  If you have never done anything by Penny, you are in for a treat.  She has a unique way of looking a quilting blocks and then she will show you an amazing way to get the finished look.  Penny and 9 other ladies were in Miller’s cabin and they all came up to see what we were working on.

yellow and grey quilt

yellow and grey quilt

I worked on my Happy Hauntings, Winter Wonderland (hope to post it this month) and this yellow and grey quilt.  Of course I made several trips next door to purchase fabric.  It was great having a quilt store, but also very dangerous to the pocket book.  We stayed from Friday morning until Sunday @ 3 and have already booked it for next year.

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