Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cabin Fever Spring Mill Retreat 2017

I just got back from a retreat at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, IN, put on by Marcia and Cindy of Cabin Fever Retreats. It is always a fun retreat, and I get to visit with friends I don't get to see very often. I took a few pictures to share with you.

Day 1 we found these cute name tags at our tables. (They DID spell my name wrong.) Later in the day, we got the embroidered blocks (shown at the bottom of the pic). The theme of the retreat was "Are We There Yet?". The room was decorated with strings of Mason jar lights and colorful bunting.
Day Two and Three "Gifts"--My Mason contained quilting clips. The little camper is on the cutest card.
 I worked on my latest piece. I didn't even bring a sewing machine!
We have a beautiful room for the retreat. The lighting in this room, however, is the biggest drawback to this retreat. I know you wouldn't think so, but this is the darkest room in which to sew. With all the windows, you'd think it would be VERY light--not so. Two walls and the ceiling are dark wood. There are few overhead lights, and they aren't very bright. Many of the retreat attendees bring floor lamps. I didn't have a floor lamp, but I used four lights and still felt like I was in the dark.
Robin made a colorful table runner. Barbara worked on a quilt-as-you-go braid quilt. I loved the elephants on the "jungle" quilt. The row-by-row quilt had the cutest mice (under the cats).
We had a surprise guest who brought us gummy bears!
I'm already looking forward to next year's retreat!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Declaration of Sentiments--Paducah Fall 2017

The SAQA Regional Exhibit Declaration of Sentiments debuted at the Fall AQS Show in Paducah. This exhibition celebrates women's accomplishments and honors their struggles throughout American history. Whether abstract, graphic, and representational artists' voices illustrating the passion, anger, hope, perseverance, or celebration of women's rights is relevant and important. 

I hope, if the exhibit comes to a place near you, you will take the time to check out the entire exhibit. 

Here are a few of the quilts (and their stories). Enjoy. (If you need to, you can click on the picture to enlarge it.)


These quilts and all the others in the exhibit will travel for a couple of years. I know the exhibit will be shown at AQS Quiltweek in Des Moines, IA (October 4-7, 2017) and at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington, IN (March 1-3, 2018). Other venues are in the process of being scheduled.