Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Annual Quilt Retreat at the Sandbox

Last week I got to join my quilting friends for our annual quilting retreat at Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. It's held in the SANDBOX room at the Beachcomber's Haven in the lower room of this building. It is owned by a quilter, so she had the room set up for quilting retreats. The lighting is wonderful with windows all along the side to look out towards the ocean. We have gone there for many years and it's really fun. We have 4 apartments and it's like a little home away from home.

The weather was just beautiful most of the trip. We got to stay from Sunday afternoon until Friday morning. It's so reasonable and just so much fun.

I'm not sure which of our quilters made this lovely table topper, but it was really pretty and nicely done.

Each room takes one night to prepare the dinner meal for the whole group. Not much cooking and it's nice to stay in to share the evening meal. The food was really yummy this year.

My group usually has the Sunday dinner on the first night. This is Donna and Nancy~ two of my roomies making dinner and having some fun.

Ina always brings her little Featherweight. Those little machines are such workers that last forever. She looks pretty serious!

This is my friend Gloria in the background and Vicki was new to our group this time. She is a long arm quilter and  makes lovely quilts. She brought her coffee machine and made us wonderful coffee drinks. Thank you Vicki....what a treat!

This is one of Vicki's quilts she was making for a friend.

Gloria loves lots of fabrics to fussy cut.

Kathy got to sit by me this year. I really got to know and enjoy her during this week. She was working on a large quilt for a friend. Such pretty fabrics!

This table topper was also Kathy's creation. It was soooo pretty and interesting.

Peggy was also working on the same pattern. Sadly, Peggy's hubby Al, had a heart attack and had to have a double bypass, so Peggy had to leave. I'm sorry I didn't even get a picture of her. Al is doing well, but it will be a long haul for the patient and the care giver. Our best to you both Peggy.

More quilting friends....Karen, Roberta, Jan and our other Vicki. Jan and Vicki pump out the quilts like you cannot believe! They do beautiful work too. I didn't manage to get photos of Vicki's work! I really missed the boat!

Two more of Jan's quilts!

And, we cannot forget our Donna! Funny funny Donna who also manages to whip up so many quilts at each retreat. I can't even keep up with her!

This was a favorite of everyone. It's just so bright and cheerful.

When we went over to our room for a break, we found Joy enjoying a Coke...everything goes better with Coke...right? There were a few candy wrappers too! She said she was busted! LOL.

This is one of Joy's mini quilts. She is just getting interested in them and wants to frame this little one.
Very sweet.

Joy hated this fabric, but look how great it turned out! I just loves the print and the colors.

This is our other Nancy in the background and our youngest quilter Torie. She was just so upset, struggling with a project. We have ALL been there. It turned out really cute, but she didn't like it.

And last but not least, my good friend Nancy! We stayed up talking late every night and I always have the best time with her! I cannot believe I didn't get a picture of any of her quilts! She would have them up on the design wall and when I went to take a picture, they would be gone! She does beautiful work and also long arms quilts.

I can't show you any of my work, because my projects are going to be given away this summer at a special party for my high school buddies. I promise to share them all before I give them away. They are really cute and I am having fun making them. 


mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like great fun, meeting up with like-minded people. Some really delightful pieces of work, a great trip.

Storybook Woods said...

How fun and what a lovely group of ladies to hang out with !!! xox Clarice

Cranberry Morning said...

Looks like some wonderful art, a great time, and in the perfect setting!! How lovely!

Denise said...

I'm truly going to search out for a group of ladies that like My kind of fun so I can go on outings,but the truth be told I just never want to leave My husband for a weekend.I wouldn't mind sneaking Him in My suitcase though.What pretty work You all do.Miss the photos of You sweet Linda. OX Denise

Debbie Harris said...

Wow! Look at all those beautiful quilts, amazing!
What a fun time it looks like you all had. I can just hear the laughter and sweet fellowship between you ladies while sipping on a coke and eating candies.:-)

Years ago we had a sweet lady in our church who taught some of us women how to quilt and we gathered together with our sewing machines and had a blast.

Beautiful post, Linda.
Joy! Debbie

Rose said...

It looks like you had a wonderful group to enjoy quilting with!

Stephanie said...

My sweet friend, thank you so much for joining Roses of Inspiration - I was thrilled to see your post :) I apologize for just now getting to your blog. I have been quite under the weather and am finally feeling better.

It looks like you had a lovely time with this beautiful group of ladies. What a joy for all involved. Love and hugs to you, my friend!