Monday, February 8, 2016

Refreshed and restored......

......after a fabulous five days spent at the retreat at Bryce Canyon.  We left in adverse winter weather conditions, but it takes quite a bit to stop the plans of determined quilters.  Our last forty five minutes were white out conditions.  We arrived to forty mile an hour winds and a 30 degrees below wind chill factor.....we were happy to get our multitude of stuff unloaded and then settled in for good times with good friends.
Isn't this a cozy picture of Leslie hand quilting an Irish chain quilt?  The wind was howling outside that first evening, but she was cozy with the quilt snuggled around her.  We were sad though, because she only had one full day with us and then she needed to leave, because her husband had emergency surgery.

On the way to Bryce Canyon we only stopped at one quilt store because of the weather, and it was Broadbent's in Lehi, Utah.

We were in a bit of a hurry because of the weather, so I did not take many pictures......but I always find the Trip Around the World a great pattern for a quilt.

We had one day of free sewing time before the actual retreat started.  We always try to come early to have a day just to relax and sew.

This bright and cheerful design was what our friend Trudy Johnson from Saint Louis Mo. was working on.  We usually only see her at this retreat every year.....and needless to say is one of the high points for spend time with quilters we only see at this time each year.

This design is called Tea Party by Wendy Williams from Australia.

A close up of one of the flowers.

Bonnie Quiggly, our friend from Park City, Utah was sewing up these wee churn dash blocks......a favorite of mine.

And, Bonnie's sister Pat was working on the blocks from my design, "How Does Your Garden Grow?"

This was a sewing roll that Bonnie has cute!  A place to store her various scissors which she brings with her.  We quilters make all sorts of nifty things to carry our supplies in.
"This is the beginning of a new day.  You have been given this day to use as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever;  in its place is something that you have left behind.....let it be something good."  -Author unknown


  1. Hi, Norma, what a lovely post- much eye candy! Can you please tell me where your friend, Trudy, is purchasing her BOM of Tea Party? It is so bright and happy- just love it. It would be a real change for me to stitch- I almost always make reproduction quilts. Thank you

  2. Thanks for all this lovely inspiration this morning! Man, I love those 'How Does Your Garden Grow Quilt' blocks! They are just screaming SPRING!!

  3. Dear sweet Norma - thanks for the shout-out in your blog of Monday, Feb 8 !! We love the retreat at Bryce
    - for many reasons, but you and Leslie are two at the top!!!

  4. Hi, Norma, This is in addition to my previous comment- I think that I located the answer to my question- it was a BOM from Material Obsessions. Thanks

  5. Glad to hear everyone arrived safely. Hope all went well with Leslie's husbands surgery.

    Love that Wendy Williams block.

  6. I love the prairie dress and apron and the little churn dashes. Glad you had time to enjoy each others company

  7. All of you really are a determined group of quilters! Wow! I hope everything went well with Leslie's husband's surgery... beautiful quote!