Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - Unskilled Quilt Guild Getaway


Welcome to this week's Wonderful Wednesday post!!  A member of my local Quilt Bee belongs to another bee.  That Bee was buzzing to have a quilt retreat.  The week-long event took place during the last week of September.  It was a Create-Your-Own-Retreat affair.  Some people went for an entire week, one went for most of the week, two more went for a late-week adventure, and two others (myself included) attended for the weekend only.

Our arrival found THIS beautiful quilt top in the works:

Hot cocoa with "a little something" was on order after a harrowing car trip with TONS of traffic and some crazy drivers:

We awoke to this spectacular view:

It's SEW peaceful here:

It was a bit too cool for breakfast on the screened-in porch:

The temperature warmed up as the day went on:

Sewing was the order of the day:

Our hostess showed off the projects she's been working on:

I enjoyed a room with a view...

... But took my time setting up my sewing station:

The "sewing room" had a spectacular view, too:

Nancy showed off the quilt that she brought.  She is working on sewing down the binding:

I found the scenery to be quite a distraction:

I haven't even set up my sewing station and I'm already ready for a break!!  Lucky for me the lower porch is equipped with THIS:

Looking for ORANGE leaves:

Found some on the way down to the dock:

These stairs lead up to the cabin from the lake:

The dock makes the water look so inviting:

Of course, I had to take...

... A photo...

... From every direction:

Hello, quilters!  Wish YOU were here:

The stairs were easy coming down, but look rather steep on the return trip to the cabin:

Maybe I'll just wander around down here by the lake:

Oh, all right!!  One last picture:

Look!!  They came out to see if I fell in the lake:

Work was underway when I returned to the sewing room:

These Moda Cake Mix Recipes from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. were door prizes from the Asheville Quilt Show.  Members of the Unskilled Quilt Guild took in the show (approx. 45 minutes away) before we arrived at the retreat house:

Britt got busy while I was out taking photographs:

I finally got set up for sewing.  Crumbs, anyone:

Nancy's (?) beautiful wall hanging...

... And her much-avoided One Block Wonder:

These might look familiar to my Rainbow Scrap Challenge friends:

See?!?!  I was sewing:

But... I got distracted as the sun rose higher over the lake:

Margaret is contemplating borders:

The colors are more accurate in the photo below:

Borders.  Going on this Linked Up quilt from MSQC:

What on earth is THIS???

After putting dinner on to bake, we all went out for an explore:

Mountain Laurel. Twenty feet tall... or more:

Wait for me!!  I'm trying to take a picture:

Here is the longest view of the lake:

Time for a late afternoon / early evening selfie:

An ever-changing look at the water, as we continue around:

You've got to love a lake that you can see clear to the bottom:

Not a worry in the world, as we sit on the community dock:

SEW relaxing:

Time to head back so our dinner doesn't burn:

What's under the dock?

I wouldn't mind wading here, if it were a little warmer:

Last look at the community boat launch:

A fern bank on the way back to the cabin:

Just LOOK at these reflections:

The skies are darkening and the moon is up:

Who knew you could pack SEW much into ONE day?!?!?  But wait, there's more!

After dinner, it was time to turn our attention back to sewing:

Scrappy bits!  Guess who made this:

ORANGE Scrap Jar Star in progress:

Borders are going on this Sampler Quilt:

Well, that's one way to use a border print:

After much debate, the pumpkin won out for the inner border:

Another Scrap Jar Star in the works:

Go, Britt, go!!  TWO borders remaining:

Margaret give the inner border a final press:


Almost there:


Hold it up for a better picture:

One happy quilter...

... On to the NEXT project:

Look familiar, Ruth S???

Components complete for block number two:

Margaret got her inner border attached:

Give us a better look, please:

Good morning!  Let's get busy.  Next up?  Outer borders:

Hmm... How is this layout looking:

What's this?!  Garment sewing:

Linked Up is complete:

What a great pattern:

Let's see the project that didn't get touched:

Great fabric choice.  Pretty pattern:

It's almost a skirt.  Only the waistband remains:

Even the hem is done:

We couldn't resist stopping to take in the views from the scenic overlook on the way down the mountain:

Color me a happy quilter!!

Connestee Falls, Western North Carolina's Premiere Mountain Golf Community

 No one told me that I was only minutes away from THIS.

Waaaaahhhh!!!  I absolutely LOVE waterfalls!!!

Until next time...
Adventure awaits!!!


  1. Awesome post. I am surprised you still had time to see, lol. Wonderful pictures. Inspiring quilts. Thanks for sharing. ;^)

  2. Such a gorgeous location for a retreat!

  3. Beautiful quilting in equally beautiful, albeit distracting, surroundings! You certainly look and sound like you had a ball. Good for you!

  4. What a great place for retreat with buddies. Lots of sewing and scenery to keep everyone happy.

  5. That looks heavenly. Very jealous.

  6. What a spectacular location for quilt camp! I am jealous!


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