I begin by spending the night with Amanda Jean. Her daughter, Abby, always lets me stay in her room, and always makes me feel so welcome.
Stephanie worked on these two projects:
Mary's progress with these blocks.
Doris had a couple of projects going on--her feathered stars were such fun with the Heather Ross fabric she was using.
Rene' worked on this beautiful quilt top for her daughter, who was heading off for college.
Shelly's book. She lives only about 40 minutes away from Gruber's and when she realized that Shelly was so close by, she asked if she could come meet her in real life. Of course! In the meantime, we all stalked her Instagram feed and saw some amazing things (highly recommended). She brought some hand work along and stayed and chatted for a couple of hours. It was such fun.
Shelly, Maria and Stephanie
And then she invited us to her home for dinner the next night. This is the first field trip we have taken, and it was such fun. She is a wonderful hostess and we had the best dinner. She took us on a tour of her house, which is on a lake. Shocking, I know, considering she lives in the state of 10,000 lakes.
It is definitely the house of a quilter (although she does a lot of other things--knitting, weaving...). Who wouldn't love this kitchen, with the Swoon block over that stunning red stove.
Red is Maria's signature color. It pops up everywhere.
I'd like to make a reservation to stay in this guest room.
Or climb up the stairs with a cup of tea and read a book...
I would never want to leave her sewing room.
Thanks, Maria. We had such a lovely evening.
Amanda Jean brought the quilts from her latest book, which should be in every quilter's library. And everyone was able to choose one to sleep under our last night.
Victoria, who actually started this retreat eight years ago, was able to join us for dinner, along with her daughter. Brooke joined us as well--it's such fun to visit with her.
Stephanie, Amanda Jean, Doris, Rene', Shelly, Mary, Victoria, Brooke, me
The time goes by way too quickly. Until next year, my friends...