Monday, August 17, 2009

Retreat News

Safety Bay

I wrote an article about the retreat for our guild newsletter so will be lazy and post it. (It will be published in September) It was a great time! And thank you for all your kind comments. Will catch up with your posts this week!

WAQA Winter Retreat – Penola by The Sea

The winter weather this year has been quite variable and those attending the WAQA Retreat last month experienced a full range conditions. On Friday, 37 women braved driving rain and gale-force winds to travel to Penola by the Sea at Safety Bay on the coast south of Perth. We all arrived safely but our nerves had certainly been tested! All that was soon forgotten though as friends were greeted and machines were set up or hand sewing organised. As buckets of rain and the howling wind battered the building, we were safe and snug in the sturdy building fed by good food and laughter. While some of the ladies retired early, others sewed late into the night (well, after midnight anyway). But everyone knew they would be cosy and warm in their beds as electric blankets were supplied. What a luxury!

Saturday brought more rain and wind and even hail but that didn’t slow our productivity. I always joke that it’s like a sweatshop – but we are happily sewing away without oppression – only driven by our own obsession to get that project finished! And many of us were able to finish UFO’s that had been nagging us for some time. What a great feeling! Saturday night was the traditional show and tell with many fabulous finished and works-in-progress shown. (Would love to see those in QuiltWest next year!)

Sunday brought sunshine! With the lovely light we madly continued to sew right up to the last minute available. After lunch ladies began to trickle away as some had a longer drive home. A great feeling of accomplishment was experienced by many.

Throughout the Retreat our able hostesses Shelley Pinnell and Tanya Barker ensured that we were comfortable and had all we needed. They also kept us well entertained with word puzzles, funny stories, spot prizes and numerous lucky door prizes. Our Retreats run so smoothly thanks to all their hard work! Thank you ladies!

Our shop in attendance was Kraft Daze Sewing World. We had a generous selection of fat quarters, books and all those little things we seem to forget. Jenny also had a selection of pre-cut fabrics such as jelly rolls, layer cakes and sweet rolls. (Can you tell that quilter’s have an obsession with food?) And if she didn’t have something we needed, she brought it from the shop the next day! Thank you Jenny!

Attendance at a Retreat is a privilege of membership and if you haven’t attended before I so strongly encourage you to! It is so much fun and you get so much done! If you are shy and don’t think you know anyone, you can sit with me! I’ll probably talk your ear off, but I promise to let you get a word in now and again…

Our next Retreat is at Swanleigh, Middle Swan, in April. Be sure and watch for the registration in the QQ as places will fill up fast. Hope to see you there!

Cheers – Shari Jamieson


Stephanie said...

Nothing keeps quilters from gathering! I'm sure it was a wonderful time.

Jackie said...

Definitely a great way to spend your time when the weather is not so great! Can't wait to see what you accomplished.

SueR said...

Oh, I do love a good retreat! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can't believe how gorgeous that beach was from your previous post!

Allie said...

That sounds SO FUN!!!! Seems to me it would be better when the weather is awful, otherwise I'd be tempted to go outside and play, lol. Thanks for sharing it!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Weather means nothing to quilters and look at how cute you are!!!

belinda said...

Just wanted to tell you I think your halloween blocks are cute...wish you were in my group!!

Mel said...

AWW, how fun!!

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