November 16, 2022: Back from Retreat!

Greetings dear readers! I had a truly wonderful time on my guild’s 3 day retreat. It was great to be surrounded by my quilting community and be a full fledged member of my quilting “tribe”. I had great “table mates” and there was a lot of laughing. So good for the soul! I was the early riser who had responsibility for opening the gym at 5:30 AM each day. Within 10 minutes there were usually 2-3 others joining me. I grabbed this photo one morning before any one else was there:

My major accomplishment – besides socializing!😊 – was getting the “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light” top completed! 28 months from start to finish – but of course it still needs to be quilted.

I made the 4 corner blocks:

A big task was trimming all 4 borders to exact size. With an appliqué border, I always cut too big to allow for shrinkage. Then all the parts had to be sewn together.

I think I need to hand quilt this, even though it may take a while to get to it as there are 2 others ahead of it in the hand quilting queue, not counting my current hand quilting project. Speaking of which, I did get some hand quilting done on Sweet Journeys at the retreat:

I will likely cross hatch at least the center of the heart wreath, but not sure yet about the outside area; might just leave that straight lines.

Another project I rescued from hibernation and took with me was Hexagon Stars, my EPP “long journey” project. 10 rows had been completed and I need either 13 or 15 rows total. I managed to get all the stars for row 11 made and sewn together and am making good progress on row 12:

And, finally, I completed 6 more basket blocks for Ursula’s quilt:

It was an incredibly productive 3 days in addition to being a lot of fun. The weather was amazing on Saturday- 72 degrees and sunny! We were located about one mile from the beach so I had a beautiful walk each day:

How wonderful to be able to see everyone’s works in progress and share advice and encouragement! Here’s a look at some of the things that folks were making:

This next one is in lovely shades of blue that I was unable to capture well with my camera:

Members of next year’s Raffle Quilt Committee were at the retreat and the top of 2023’s raffle quilt was revealed:

What could be better than houses, stars, and trees?!

Now it’s back to everyday life, in which I am full of gratitude for my many blessings.🥰

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

21 thoughts on “November 16, 2022: Back from Retreat!

  1. Maribeth November 16, 2022 / 7:27 pm

    I just love the heart and blackbird on the Baltimore Album quilt. Could you share the pattern source?
    Thanks

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks Maribeth. The wreath of hearts pattern is from Elly Sienkiewicz’s book, “Baltimore Beauties and Beyond”, though I tweaked it a bit, putting in the extra hearts in the lower corners and adding the bird in the center. The bird pattern came from a different book.

  2. Mrs. Plum November 16, 2022 / 7:44 pm

    What fun eye candy! Stormy Weather is gorgeous! I love the complex borders. You accomplished a great deal in 3 days.

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you Mrs. Plum! It’s amazing what one can accomplish when there are very few everyday distractions!😊

  3. Carol in Texas November 16, 2022 / 9:14 pm

    Gladi, Stormy Weather is just glorious. Those vivid colors against the dark background make a stunning quilt, and the borders are spectacular. Kudos to you!

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Carol! I’m so happy I chose the darker grays for the background of this quilt – perfect for showing off the other colors!

  4. Marie Tymrak November 16, 2022 / 11:10 pm

    I love the corners on Stormy Weather, which appear perfectly assimilated into the densely appliquéd border. How wonderful you can socialize and create together; clear from the photos that other retreaters were similarly ambitious about their projects. Thx for sharing.

    • Pat in WNY November 17, 2022 / 12:12 am

      Stormy Weather seems mis-named, it’s a vision of glorious sunny warm days! Congratulations on finishing this spectacular top.

      • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:32 pm

        Thanks Pat! The full name of the quilt is “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light.” It was started in July 2020, early in the pandemic. The gray seems to represent the Stormy Weather we were going through then and the bright and colorful stars, sprigs, and leaves represent light shining out from the darkness. We get through the storm by being our best selves, being kind, and caring for others; we are lights shining in the darkness. Hope that makes sense! At least that’s what I was thinking and feeling in the early stages of making the quilt!

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Marie! I highly recommend retreats!

  5. Janet Elia November 17, 2022 / 12:02 pm

    Glady, your Stormy Weather quilt is just outstanding! Love all the Tilda fabrics! And the dark background just makes everything pop! Beautiful!

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much Janet! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  6. Kelley Secrest November 17, 2022 / 12:41 pm

    Good morning, Stormy Weather is stunning! The dark background was the perfect choice to showcase the stars, sprigs and leaves. You had a very productive three days while at the retreat. Your needles must have been flying! I am always inspired when I see your beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you Kelley for your kind and generous comments! I loved working alongside others sharing my passion.

  7. Kyle November 17, 2022 / 2:49 pm

    Wow! What a group of very talented quiltmakers. Stormy Weather is absolutely glorious.

    • gladiporsche November 17, 2022 / 9:36 pm

      Thanks Kyle. I love how Stormy Weather came out. I wish I could wave a wand over it and make the hand quilting magically appear!😊

  8. Susie Q November 18, 2022 / 2:20 pm

    you have some great quilts there…….. a lot of work but will be super when finished thanks for showing us……

  9. Linda Sherman November 20, 2022 / 8:39 pm

    You are Amazing!! Beautiful work! You’re a true inspiration!!!

  10. Cynthia November 21, 2022 / 6:07 pm

    Looks like a wonderful retreat, and near the beach no less. Your Stormy Weather top is nothing short of spectacular!

  11. Nancy November 23, 2022 / 6:00 am

    Stormy Weather–so many stitches, so much patience, so much beauty! When you began this quilt I couldn’t imagine how it would look when finished, with the dark background, but it’s perfect. The quilt is amazing!
    It seems that you stayed really focused and got a lot done on your retreat!

  12. marissthequilter November 25, 2022 / 11:57 am

    My good heavens, you accomplished so much in 3 days, and all of it such beautiful work. I am in awe.
    Beautiful beach walks too.

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