Tuesday, July 10, 2012

~ Retreat! ~

I've just returned from another awesome retreat at Gruber's. This retreat has become the highlight of my summer!! There is no way I can find the words to describe what retreating with this amazing group of ladies does for my quilty soul, but I know that I feel very blessed to be included, once again, with them all!

(front row) Cindy, Amanda Jean, Stephanie
(back row) Doris, me, Rene, Terri, and Mary.

I am, to be quite honest, exhausted (in a very good way), so I'd like to just share some pics of the eye candy I received and purchased this trip.

Here is a collection of "happies" I received...fun, fun, fun. I just LOVE happies ;-)

Aren't they awesome!!!

Although I quilted hard, I think I shopped even harder!! Gruber's is

Here is a "group picture" of my purchases:

What eye candy!! I think they deserve a little individual attention...

Yardage purchased on sale :)

Loved this last year...bought it this year ;-)

Another item from the sales section.

Isn't she pretty???

While retreating, I worked on, but did not finish, a quilt top. I am hoping to finish it up this week, but here is a preview.

On my wall...not the best picture.

I think once it is all finished and quilted it will look lovely.

I also gave my sister, Rene', a wall quilt for her birthday. As I was finishing the binding while traveling, I don't have a picture of the completed quilt. But, here is a sneak peek of the quilt while still in progress:

I have to admit (and you will rarely hear this from me) that this wall quilt looked pretty darn good! Hope to show it to you soon!! And for any of my fellow retreaters reading today's post...please feel free to forward any pictures...I did a lousy job of taking pictures ;-)

Thanks, as always, for visiting my blog!!

~ Michelle ~


  1. That's quite a collection of eye candy you have!!! Great purchases. Thanks again for retreating with me. I had a fabulous time!!! I love love love my birthday quilt and promise to take and forward pictures soon!

  2. Yes, Rene's birthday quilt was gorgeous Michelle! The retreat was so much fun and I'm glad I got to spend the weekend with you.

  3. I loved Rene's birthday quilt! I have a nice photo of the two of you with the quilt, and one of the back, too, if you want them! You made a great haul with your shopping. Your first paragraph really summed up how I feel about the whole weekend, too! Miss you already!

  4. AZEKA's GrannyJuly 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    That is a great group shot. I can tell from the comments that this is a very special group of ladies. I love all of your purchases. I also look forward to seeing the quilt that you worked on at the retreat. Glad you had a good trip. How many days until the next retreat?

  5. It was so great to see you and sew across from each other! The quilt you made for Rene was so gorgeous! It inspired me to make something similar. Love the project you were working on. Looks like you came home with some fabulous new fabrics.

  6. What a fun, fun retreat!! I want to find a retreat for this winter!! And I love your Orange Pekoe quilt and the Kaffe fabrics - my favorite designer!!

  7. you totally deserve to toot your own horn concerning Rene's birthday present. you did SUCH a great job on it!

    also, i hear you on the exhaustion after retreat. it takes a good week to recover. :)