Monday, January 14, 2013

Back from Quilt Retreat...

For the last few days I was up at Hickory Knob State Park for my guild's annual retreat.  As always it was lots of good food, friends and fabric.

Unlike past years it was so mild that the doors of the "barn" where we gathered could stay open and one afternoon we ate out at a picnic table!  Last year at this time we were covered in snow and ice and had to chip a path to the meeting room...go figure!
Retreat block this year was Bonnie Hunter's Moth in the Window...some lucky quilter went home with enough for a small top!

I didn't finish anything this year...though I did hand off two tops to be longarmed (thus standing a good chance of finishing them this year!)  Most of the time I worked on getting the blocks for our next donation quilt kitted up...which is another way of saying I played in fabric most of the weekend.

The folks at Piece of Cake gave us permission to use this pattern.  The proceeds of our quilt go to support Camp Rainbow, a camp for Children with Cancer run here in Georgia.  We are using gray for the background in honor of the guild's 25th anniversary.  Can't wait to see the blocks finished! 

A couple of members brought antique or vintage quilts.  Kat brought this one from Tennessee.

It is a family quilt circa 1830.  She is wonderful at telling the family history and the role this quilt plays.

I love the label on this quilt!

This quilt also came from Kat's family.

The quality of the stitches is amazing.  It was made in the 1930's.


Janet said...

What an amazing quilt to have in the family!! I love the flowers - and the label :0)

Kathie said...

love the antique quilt and the note do not use!
ok the quilt you will make from the Piece of cake ladies is just beautiful I hope you will share your groups progress as you go along.

regan said...

Beautiful quilts! Sounds like you had a great time! :o)

Janet O. said...

I love the Moth in the Window blocks.
Beautiful donation quilt!
Look at those family treasures.
Do you know if the label was added by the maker of the quilt or by a family member somewhere down the line?

Impera_Magna said...

Sounds as if you all had a great time... and had beautiful weather too!

Sherrill said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all. That's gonna be a GORGEOUS raffle quilt!! Wish we had some of that warmer weather here-BRRR!!

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great retreat!
Love that label!

Betty Lou said...

You must have had a good time with your guild and the sharing of the lovely antique quilts. Love the label "Do Not Use."

Tonya Ricucci said...

glad you had a great time. that i a great piece o cake quilt - should be a beautiful raffle quilt.

AnnieO said...

How nice to not have to worry about the weather this year! Looks like a good time was had by all. Those vintage/antique quilts are wonderful.