What a wonderful life it would be if we could go from quilting retreat to quilting retreat. I just came home from four days at Silver Falls State Park. We stay in the lodges, have our meals prepared for us every day, and have a great big meeting hall where 24 of us fit comfortably and sew till the wee hours of the morning. I worked on my Rangeley Stars quilt (picture shown here is of the pattern by Deb Tucker, http://www.studio180design.net). With Deb’s permission, I will be teaching a class on this quilt at the Ocean Waves Quilt Camp (by Jane’s Fabric Patch) in October. Here is a photo of a few of the blocks I have assembled for the center of my quilt.
In addition to sewing, we get to hike the wonderful trails at the park, including the main river gorge with 10 waterfalls. One of my favorite parts of the retreat is the campfire. Our chefs prepared our fire for us this time and it ignited instantly and was a lovely blaze. We sit around the fire, share home-made liqueurs, wine, stories, marshmallows, s’mores, and lots of laughs. This year we had caramel marshmallows, chocolate marshmallows, and even roasted peeps!
On Saturday, our director of fun, Adonna (I really think she should be dubbed Queen or Empress of Fun, as she does such a wonderful job), taught a sun painting class. Here are some of the gals displaying their projects.There were only two problems with this retreat. One, I forgot to slather on the bug repellent I brought with me, and the no-see-ums ate me alive. I’m still scratching! Two, I had to come home to reality. Ah, but I can dream of the next getaway — Ocean Waves Quilt Camp in the fall!