This weekend I was away with 4 friends on a short retreat in New York State on the Hudson River. We were at a B&B in an old Victorian House built in 1870.
I'm not sure how much actual sewing was accomplished, but we had a lot of laughs and good food and wine. It's always fun to get a way from it all and spend time with quilting friends.
Here is our group; Susan, Elizabeth, Norma and myself in front the house.
The bedroom that Susan and I shared on the 3rd floor - it was quite a workout going up and down. This was the perfect setting for late night chatting.
This is a sun porch on the 2nd floor attached to Elizabeth's and Norma's room. Norma elected to sleep on this porch and said the sunrise over the Hudson was quite a view.
We settled in for snacks, wine and chatting.
Here are some views of the workroom in the lower level. It was set up with tables, lamps and ironing supplies. The design walls were equipped with flannel backed vinyl table clothes - they work really well and can be picked up at dollar stores and party stores - great for retreats!
This was one of 7 working fireplaces throughout out the house.
Susan worked on an a new paper piecing hexagon project and machine quilted this baby quilt - so cute - Susan and the quilt.
One of the projects that Norma finished was this 2 sided seasonal table runner.
Elizabeth worked on a paper piecing project and hand sewing and was packed up when I took photos - sorry Elizabeth!
I made several blocks for the border of my selvage quilt project.
I also cut out and designed this top of an apple core Halloween quilt. I intended to piece this on the machine and it was not pretty! As I said when I sat down at the machine, "this is where the dream goes to die....." curved piecing is difficult and with the convex and concave curves it wasn't good. I am working on an idea of how to do this another way that does not include hand piecing or traditional English paper pieceing - stay tuned.
A view without that annoying figure in the way ;)
If anyone has made an apple core quilt, or has any suggestions on ways to piece together this top I would love to hear from you!!
If you get a chance to get away with friends and sew I highly encourage it. It's good for the creative soul.