Wow, I don't know where to start.
There are so many things I want to say and remember about this last weekend. Not to mention so many wonderful people to talk about. First, though, I have to thank my sister Cindy. There was a time many years ago that I teased her about quilting, I may have even called her a grandma for it. (most likely not a real insult since we would both like nothing better then to be called something that means the greatest women to have lived- our grandmother and our own mother)
I digress, Cindy taught me to sew when I was but a wee little lassie.
She bought me my first sewing box- it was made of blue plastic and inside was a removable divided tray. I think I was about 8 and it was filled with notions and fabric. I loved that box. It smelled like a fabric store and had sharp objects in it (I wasn't usually allowed to have things like pins and needles). There may have been a good reason for the latter but that, my friends, is a story for another day. Cindy also taught me how to piece, how to baste and how to bind a quilt. She has answered countless questions over the years and many of the same ones twice- I do that.
She has also made each of my children beautiful quilts and a few for little ole me. The point is if it had not been for her I would have never found this fabulous outlet, been invited to this retreat and had the opportunity to not only spend time with her but also meet other wonderful people!
Cindy and Me a VERY long time ago
I love this picture, there is a 17 year age difference between us but it only made us closer.
Here she is at retreat. She eventually decided to become a pirate and grow a thick
mustache, not to be out done but such infamous pirates such as The Dread Pirate Roberts.
Fabulous career and the bounty is abundant.
One would likely conclude, considering all of my best laid plans
(see the previous post)
and having two and a half days to sew,
that I would have accomplished a lot.
Well if you 3 swoon blocks falls into your book of accomplishments
under the a lot tab then I most certainly did accomplish something.
However, if 3 blocks is all in a days work then I must have spent
an awful lot of time chatting,
eating, laughing, admiring and learning.
And I did. I can't wait to talk about the ladies I met and all the
cool things I learned. So much fun.