A week ago today, I did something that seemed like the most "normal" thing I have done in fifteen months--had a quilting retreat with three of my friends, all of us fully vaccinated.
This would be the 21st annual retreat I've enjoyed at my friend Dotty's cabin just outside Yosemite, only having missed last year.
It's always been a small retreat--the most we have ever had is five.
We made it to the cabin by about 11:00 a.m. and started unpacking. We park our cars on the road and then carry everything down to the cabin, up the steps to the deck and then into the cabin.
If you are a quilter, you know what this entails--sewing machines, quilting projects, food, etc.
I'm always glad when this part is over. Although this year, I have decided that it could be much harder: these are two of the cabins down the road. All those steps--yikes!
Note: Next year I have decided that grandsons will be paid handsomely to do the job of loading and unloading both of our cars. A bonus is that the cabin is such a short distance from Yosemite Valley that we will feed them and they will still have time to spend a couple of hours in Yosemite enjoying its magnificent beauty.
We have the set-up down to a science. Years ago, in addition to everything else, we had to drag up super heavy wooden tables to sew on. Then Ruth (who sadly wasn't here this year but has promised she won't miss it next year) and I bought two lightweight 6 foot plastic tables as a hostess gift for Dotty and they are stored in the entry hall closet. Best.gift.ever. Dotty and I each claim an end of the dining table on the left.
As projects are completed, they are hung over the railing. Vicki was exceptionally prolific--I think she hung five quilt tops. Aren't those snails cute? I hung two blocks...what can I say? Those Tattoo quilt blocks are intense--each one took an entire day to complete!
Each day I went for a walk to the end of the road. The dogwood were in full bloom and beautiful!
On the way I passed some barrels of tulips.
It's a remarkable transformation. I will say this--recovering cushions is not really part of my wheelhouse. After adding the Velcro closures, I also added this little label. Obviously by the time I reached this point, I didn't even bother getting the stitching straight. Not a problem, though, as it will not be seen.