Friday, April 26, 2013

Riley Blake's Fabric Fest

A few weeks ago, we took a trip to Utah and stopped by the Riley Blake Headquarters for a bit of fun and filming. We have an adorable tutorial coming soon to Riley Blake's YouTube channel and a couple videos already on the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel. One thing we couldn't wait to chat with the Riley Blake team about is their upcoming Fabric Fest event. Have you heard about this event? Three of the Fat Quarter Shop ladies will be in attendance and it is going to be so much fun!


Cheryl, Debbie and Kimberly will be heading to Las Vegas with Riley Blake Designs from September 9-12 2013 to spend a few days sewing, quilting and creating. Are you interested in joining in on the fun? Go to the Fabric Fest registration site, find out all about the weekend and sign up! We would love to see you in Vegas!


And for even more information, Jina and Cindy filmed a cute little video with all of the Fabric Fest details. Want to find out who will be teaching classes at Fabric Fest? Or get more information about the events of the weekend? Watch the video and head to the Fabric Fest website to sign up!



For one last bit of fun, we have two bundles of Riley Blake Designs' Cotton Solids to give away! Comment below telling us about your favorite memory of a sewing or quilting retreat for a chance to win one of two bundles of Riley Blake Cotton Solids. Contest closes 5/4/2013!


Thanks for playing, everyone! We loved reading about the memories! Winners have been chosen. Congratulations to Karen and The Whelan Family!

Karen in Breezy Point said...
I just got back from retreat--staying up late and getting up early with nothing to do but sew--love it!! My favorite part is seeing what everyone else is working on and being inspired.

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The Whelan Family said...
I haven't ever attended a real retreat! So sad. I have gone to some all Day sews and I must say that the ladies there crack me up. It is so fun to just listen to them talk...AND...I learned a ton from them.

We hope you enjoy your Riley Blake Solids!

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debbymom said...

Favorite retreat: when I WON the "neutral" fat quarter "Left Right Center" game and took home an armload of neutral fat quarters! Most memorable: In Temecula, CA with a freak summer storm approaching the retreat center from across a valley. The sky turned into a unreal enraged villian twisting into what we Californians thought would surely be a tornado. (Yes, we were all outside watching the show and yes, most of us had never been in this type of weather, so please forgive my naiveté.) Thunder, lightning, hail, heat/cold, winds, stillness, rain ... all happening as quickly as changing a channel. Then came a clap so LOUD, and so BRIGHT, that we all screamed like little school girls and scampered back into our sewing room to ride out the storm. The industrial weight patio furniture in the breezeway screeched across cement and littered the surrounding lawn. Heavy trash cans on property were emptied and stacked up against a distant fence and scattered across the landscape. We were all shocked to go out after the storm passed to see a mature tree split in half. The tree was located between our sewing room and our dorm. Half the tree crushed one of our cars! The sobering knowledge that the lighting hit that close to us was quite a lesson. The owner's comment: "I'm glad my sewing machine wasn't in the trunk!!"

GranChris said...

I had a weekend in the mountains once in NY. Great friends, food, laughter and sewing.

Cal said...

I have yet to attend a summit on either sewing or quilting, but I am sure it would be a great op for learning new skills and meet likeminded people.

Farm Quilter said...

My favorite retreating was every Thursday in Florida when SewWhat!?! would meet to sew, quilt and chat the day away. This wonderful group of 6 ladies helped my piece and quilt the quilts for the team deployed with my daughter to Afghanistan. When the group returned home, we met with them for lunch and got to give each one their quilt (all the quilts were made with the help of other quilters across the United States, England and Australia who donated blocks and yardage). When it was time for me to return home to Washington, it was as hard to leave them as it was to leave my daughter!!

luvs aqua said...

Being the youngest there, and a beginner, I loved being able to learn from the experience of all of the talented ladies there. They were so kind and eager to help.

Rachell said...

I love Riley Blake! They are now my favorite designer. So cute and classy, and local for me! My favorite is still Pueces of Hope for Autism.
I haven't been to a retreat yet, but I'd like to go to one. I enjoy attending quilting club classes at my local Bernina store. It's so much fun meeting new friends of all ages, chatting, sharing ideas and techniques, all while quilting. The sales ladies and staff are amazing there!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

jbsews said...

I haven't been to a sewing retreat, but it does sound like a fun thing. I remember sewing with my grandma and mom. I remember trying to layout a blouse on some lovely poly charmeuse with a rose pattern. Leftover bit, and I couldn't fit it all and was about to blow up. Mom came in (I was in highschool at the time....now I am 50) the kitchen, asked about it, and then said, 'Let me see what I can do." I left, came back and voila, it was ready to cut. Love my mom. :)

Marie Chat said...

Last summer I attended my first Quilter's retreat. I had so much fun with my quilt guild getting to know others better, sewing my projects, and playing games like 'Left, Right, Center' with charm fabric squares. But the best part of all was when the clanging of the stick and triangle let us know it was time for lunch or dinner! No cooking required of us!!

Marcia W. said...

I've never attended a quilt retreat or a quilting class. My good fortune is to live with my mother who is my resident quilting teacher with more than 70 years of sewing and quilting experience.

ledamewood said...

I get together with a group of my friends about once a year and we have a quilting weekend usually combined with a quilt show somewhere. We usually get 6 to 8 quilt tops put together to give as comfort quilts to people going through a difficult time. I love these times with dear friends.

tepyln said...

I love Riley Blake! The best thing about retreats....... Getting some project done without kids interrupting!

Mary Ann said...

I love retreat. This group puts one on here locally every couple of months. They are sooo fun. We play bingo, quilt, eat, show and tell, eat, door prize drawings,quilt and eat!!!

Becky said...

I've attended to quilting retreats. The best part is getting together with like-minded people. So enjoy my 'quilty' friends!

Lovely giveaway!

Mimi said...

Although I have never been to a retreat... from what I have seen shared on the bloggers I follow, they sound amazing and fun!!!

Anne said...

Haven't had the chance to go on a retreat yet but hope that will change this year with the new modern guild I joined.

Janet said...

My first and favorite retreat will be in October! I'll be meeting about 25 of my closest friends - mostly for the first time! We talk daily online and this is the first time I'm going to the annual retreat ... So exciting!

Nortiness said...

I'm fairly new to Quilting and sewing in general so I have not yet had a chance to find any retreats near me :( I would absolutely love to attend one!

Thanks Riley Nlake designs and the fat quarter shop for this giveaway opportunity!

Connie Rhea said...

My favorite and only retreat occurred at a time when I had begun to have strange physical symptoms. I treated myself to a retreat and had an awesome time of quilting, learning, eating, laughing, sharing and making new lasting friends. A few months later I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and that ended my being able to function as easily as once it had been. I shall never forget that sweet blessing, the retreat and all its experiences. I am still quilting as I can and right now I need solids for my stash that is awesome, filled with "hope" fabric that inspires me to do what I can while I can. A good retreat is good for the soul so ladies go for one as soon as you can make a way. Do it for me as much as for yourself.

Lisa said...

What a lovely giveaway! I have never been to a retreat! Hope to go to one someday! Thank you!

Deanna and Gary said...

Went with my sisters to a quilting retreat in Idaho, had a blast!

lvkwilt said...

My favorite retreat memory would have to be from Quilting in the Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming. While I spent my time with Elly Sienkiewicz learning hand applique from dear, sweet Elly, my husband would go off in the park and watch wildlife. It was bliss!!

Brynn said...

I'm still waiting to go to my first quilting retreat - I just need to not be pregnant or have a newborn first! One day, hopefully before too long, I'll make it...

Melva Campbell said...

The guild I belong to just had a 2 day retreat at a local church. Thirteen members spent the days making baby quilts for our charity projects. Some just finished their latest quilts. We had a potluck at noon both days. Good to get away even though this was close to home. We got to learn more about our newer members at the retreat. Melva Campbell

llavmc said...

I have never been to a quilting retreat but I would love to make some fun memories at one.

Malini said...

Its been 2 years since I started quilting or watching quilting videos. But still haven't got a chance to attend a sewing/quilting retreat.

Dream of attending one when my kids are little older.

But would love to win these fabulous bundle of fabrics.

Cynthia said...

I haven't been to a sewing or quilting retreat yet, but love having sewing night with my daughters :)

Anita said...

My favorite retreat memory is staying up so late that I overslept the next morning for breakfast. I couldn't even remember where I left off in my project and was so surprised to see how much I had done!

Deborah said...

I have never attended a sewing retreat - something I have to look forward to!

Helen L said...

My favorite quilting retreat was in Trinidad, Ca. (northern Calif). It was taught by Linda Ballard, and the weather was so perfect. The retreat was at the quilt shop owners home that was just overlooking the ocean, and the weather was clear and bright, the sea was so calm that it looked like glass!! A beautiful memory, and Linda teaches in such a clear, easy to understand way!!

Mystica said...

Never attended one and would be most unlikely to find one here in my part of the world.

Deb said...

I've only attended one quilt retreat--and it was at my friend's home a couple of months ago. I traveled to attend a Quilt Festival in her area and spent the night with her family. The next day we decided to have our own Quilt Retreat! I loved it and got so much done! It was very inspirational and encouraging! Thanks for the chance to win.

The Pink Chick said...

I've only attended one day events...which are always a great way to spend a day. A real quilting retreat where you meet new sewing friends would be a blast though!

Lisa PL said...

I love the silliness of late night sewing!! When everyone gets a little loopy everything is so much funnier! I'm looking forward to the next retreat in June.

ptmemaw said...

I once attended a Mystery Block retreat and didn't know what I was doing or the importance of sewing a accurate quarter inch...quilt is still not sewn together! My had a great time with the ladies...who were a hoot!

Regina C. said...

I have never been on a retreat but my 6th grade art teacher inspired me. I made my first quilt bock in class.

Kathryn said...

I've never been on a quilting or sewing retreat. It always sounds like great fun. I enjoy the 1 day quilt classes that our guild holds. It's a great way to get to know the members better.

Patty said...

Our quilt guild got together one Sunday to make Quilts of Valor. Everyone pitched in and we had a great time doing it.

Judy1522 said...

I have never been to a sewing retreat but I think they sound like a lot of fun. I have attended class at the local community college adult program and at local fabric shops.

Andrea Harles said...

It was so much fun getting up early in the morning and having to only think about friends, fabric and creating.

Pinspot said...

I've never been to one! But I did sew at a crafting weekend with some girlfriends once. I made my first quilt that weekend.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I have never been to a quilting retreat-I would love to go to one in the mountains though sometime - what better than perfect scenery to look at while you are quilting. I love the darker bundle of the solids.

A Scarlet Letter said...

Last fall my sister and I attended a retreat together and had such a blast sewing together and eating junk food! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I have never had the pleasure of a quilters retreat but would love the opportunity to spend time with fellow quilters. The knowledge you gain from experienced people is invaluable.

Allison said...

I've never been to a retreat...yet. One of these days I will.

Mareenchen said...

I've not yet had the chance to enjoy a retreat but would definitely love to someday.

Kim Coffman Jones said...

I have never had the pleasure of a quilters retreat but would love the opportunity to spend time with fellow quilters. The knowledge you gain from experienced people is invaluable.

Angela Nussbaum said...

Last february our mqg had a retreat. I was telling everyone 'bring your swimsuit for the hottub', but some forgot... we told them the hottub was out in the dark, just come in your undies/bra... and they did! we had a blast filling the hottub at midnight in the middle of winter.

Kathi Kost said...

I am just purchasing a sewing machine. I don't know howto sew but am goinf to enjoy the journey of learning. So excited!!!

Kelli said...

Gasp! These fabrics are gorgeous, fingers crossed.. I love all things RB. :) I have never attended a retreat or taken a class! I think I need to fix that. Thanks for the chance to win such a generous prize. xoxo
Kelli
Seriously..I think it needs stitches.

Cindi said...

Have never been to an actual "retreat", but have "retreated" to my sewing room with my sister and laughed til our faces hurt. We do enjoy sewing time together.
Cyn in Indiana

Kathi Kost said...

Just learning and about to buy sewing machine. No clue on what i am getting into but will love the journey on learning to do this amazing craft. Too excited!

Sara said...

What I would give to go on a sewing retreat. Just has not been in the cards yet...maybe 20 years from now. A girl can wish!

I do have a memory about 12 years ago. I sewed some PJ'S with my soon to be MIL (at the time!).

I would also love to win this bundle!!

Judy said...

I never been to a quilt retreat but this one sounds like fun the solid fabric would be nice to win haven't worked with solids too much would be fun to give it a try.

Judy

Laurie said...

My friend recreated the royal wedding - which occurred the morning of our first day of our retreat- with a long piece of batting. It made a BEAUTIFUL veil!

VR said...

I have never been! It sounds like a good time and I am sure as my kids get older I am sure there may be an opportunity to make a sewing retreat memory! That being said my favorite sewing memory just happened this weekend while trying to finish a dress in t time for a party, my husband was helping me by doing my 2nd to least favorite part, turning a sewn sash right-side out. He is such a patient husband!

Carla said...

I haven't been to a retreat yet, but our guild is planning one. Thanks for the chance to win!

Judy said...

I've never been on an overnight retreat, but a group of my friends get together once a month and sew all day. We have such fun, sewing, talking, showing what we have worked on at home. When one of us is stumped, the others always have great ideas. The local quilt shop is a block away, so we have field trips to look at all of the goodies.

Melissa Smith said...

Quilting with my kids - my son spent his first year chilling on my back while I sewed. Now my 4yo is working on her own quilt - each time we sew it makes me smile

Donna Lucas said...

I've never had the good fortune to attend a sewing/quilting retreat. Well, I do crash my mom's quilting group whenever I get a chance. Hope to win some of that RB fabric and be able to "spread the wealth" with the ladies in the group!

Emma Lenton said...

I have never been to any kind of retreat. Sounds nice though!

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Islandgirl said...

My favorite retreat memory was staying up all night sewing and the looks on the gals faces coming to breakfast...they couldn't believe that I was still up! I won the award for getting the least sleep that year!

Charlotte said...

I've never been on a retreat but I hope it would be the friendships I would make. Thanks for the giveaway.

tlcala4me said...

I have yet to attend a sewing retreat and am slightly intimidated at the prospect. BUT our local quilting guild is having a sew-in May 4th, and I think I'm going to try it and see how it goes. I love the idea of a retreat but have NO idea what they entail. So... getting my toes wet for now. And thanks for a chance to win a bundle of gorgeous solids!

Caroline said...

Sadly I've never been to a retreat, nor do I believe it will be in my future for a while. But my favorite sewing memory would be making my first quilt: I was sixteen and making it for a youth leader expecting her first baby boy. I had no idea what I was doing, had little guidance (my mom sewed, but only simple projects), and did the best I could. I spent two months assembling that quilt. Now I can whip that same quilt up in three hours! I've since made twelve baby quilts with the same pattern, but I look back fondly on those two months spent carefully sewing and hand quilting that first quilt. :)

Elizabeth said...

Have not attended a retreat yet, but one day I will.

Rosieq said...

favorite sewing retreat? Wow most of them have been the favorite retreat...I prefer retreats that are at least three days long...prefer 7 days. Semi comfy beds, food furnished...no bake and takes...my DH is quite capable of preparing his food why should I take. A remote in the woods or by the lake atmosphere, and fun ladies, Pirates reigned at the last retreat, hair gals were there and people to give our weary bodies a massage. Fun and games and little gifts abound, and at the very least a shop with 1000 bolts, kits, threads, etc on campus to naughtily entice us to leave with more than we brought! Now that is my idea of a favorite retreat!

Robbie said...

My favorite retreat memory is sewing oodles of quilts while watching downton abbey. We also try to have a crafty project. Last year we made our own vanilla. It's a great time and a little break from the grind. I hope I can find time in September to go!!!

Elizabeth said...

I haven't been to one yet, but would love to one day, probably when my kids get a little older! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

allierae said...

Eeeeeee I would love love love to win this!! I've started going to sew-ins with the Seattle MQG and have had so much fun getting to know the ladies, getting input on projects, and shopping at the same time!

banjo795 said...

I'm not sure it was exactly a retreat, but I spent a day at a community center with a bunch of other ladies and their sewing machines. We were all supposed to be working on the table runner kit that was provided, but I worked on a baby quilt for my niece's baby, and took that table runner kit home with me...

Katrina said...

My favorite memory is a quilting retreat at a cabin home in the mountains overlooking a lake. We had such a good time quilting, sharing, eating, and talking. My favorite part was sharing left over fabrics. It was really special having those fabrics to remember that weekend together.

Anonymous said...

Retreats are the greatest way to sharing the love of quilting. The food is great and you learn a lot from hearing other quilters talk about their quilty experiences.

Sara Hernandez said...

I have not YET been able to attend a sewin retreat but would LOVE too and it is defintely on my list for Future Gifts to Myself. :)

Tina O. said...

I have attended several retreats, all with different ladies and I have to say that it is the ladies who go who make is memorable.

Lynda McCullough said...

I've never been to a quilt retreat but they sound like a load of fun! I get my quilting inspiration from my two grandmothers, who are no longer with me.

Wens said...

I've never attended a retreat, but I'd LOVE to! I'm sure it would be so much fun to learn and share with like-minded awesome fabric lovers! Have a great time everyone going xo Montreal

amummy said...

I have never been lucky enough to attend a sewing retreat.

Cheryl said...

I have never been to a retreat, but my favorite memory is finishing my first quilt. Now I am teaching my little girl how much fun sewing is. She loves it 1

Debbie B Sam said...

My favorite memory would have to be a dream as I've never been. I would love to get together with my online sewing buddies and just stitch a week or 2 away :) Thanks for the chance!

Samantha said...

I have never been on one but looking at photos of people who have it makes me really want to go :)

Sharon S said...

At a quilting retreat with the Loose Threads group at JIm Creek Naval Station I got quite a surprise. I went to start sewing one morning & my partially finished top was gone. However there was a "ransom note" in it's place. I guess the other women were not happy about how fast my top was coming together. It was very funny & we still talk about it to this day!

Lotte said...

I've never been to a retreat, but I have read about a lot of them in blogs and looked at the photos and it has felt a little like beeing there - I have to go for real someday...

elizabeth said...

I havent been lucky enough to get to go to a retreat but attended several quilting classes. I even helped teach some of them. I really loved going to some mystery quilt classes. The food, story, people, and not knowing what the final quilt would look like just made it that much better.

Rhonda Ogle said...

So many of us seem to be retreat-less. I am going on my first quilt shop bus tour this week. I have attended the last several sewing expos that came to our city. It was like the song 'Love and Hate' cause I couldn't wait to go but I got so behind in the classes but everyone was so nice....yes, I am the one with all the unfinished class projects....ha...

Lisa said...

I've never been to a retreat, but I do enjoy quilting with friends at my local quilt shop. It's not really the same thing, but it's the best I've got.

Pamela said...

My friend & I drove over 4 hours early one morning to make it to a retreat in Iowa with Liz Porter. We were so excited to meet her & take a class with her. I had cleaned my machine the night before, getting it ready for the weekend. As we set up our machines for the class I realized I was missing my bobbin case for my machine. Needless to say I was embarrassed & mad at myself for leaving it out of the machine. My dear friend shared her machine with me all day. I have never gone to another workshop or retreat without double checking my machine. Lesson learned!

NancyL said...

My favorite quilt retreat is when my daughter went with me for the first time. I helped her make a quilt for her first baby. So fun to share a love of quilting with her!

lbarnes said...

I have never been to a quilt retreat would like to attend one at some point. I can never seem to block out the time for one. One sort of retreat on my "bucket" list is to attend QBL in Syracuse, NY. By the way, the fat quarter bundle solids are scrumptious!

Reader Owl said...

I've never been to a quilting retreat - but someday I might! Closest I came was sewing for a day with my daughter when she was off work. Loved it.

Jeannie Gan said...

I haven't been to a retreat but will be attending a workshop run by Kaffe Fasset in Feb 2014...can't wait!
jchiagan at yahoo dot com

Cary said...

I've never been to a sewing retreat yet, but when I do go it's sure to be fun!

Sharon said...

I have never been to a retreat but would love to!
One of my favorite memories was when I was a small girl, (over 50 years ago)and my grandmother would make my dance costumes. I never appriciated it as I should have until I started sewing too!

Bossymamma said...

I haven't been on a sewing retreat yet. I have twice booked to go but both of those were cancelled! I would love to go on a retreat - the thought of escaping day to day life to spend time sewing is VERY appealing!

Momo said...

I haven't attended a formal sewing retreat but I love it when my daughter in laws come over and we have our own little retreats together sewing for different events, or people. It is a fun and most of all memorable day! Love it!

Carol Candlish said...

I have attended 2 quilt retreats with a quilt group I met online. It was so much fun to meet people and sew with friends! Thanks for the giveaway.

Figgy90 said...

i just left my favorite retreat and it is always so much fun to spend time with others and love the projects that are shared. We go out to a hunting lodge to quilt for the weekend and have the best time.

LKimmell said...

My daughter and sisterinlaw and I went to our first ever international quilt festival last fall and are now looking to do a retreat of several days. the best part is the shared experience.

Lorna McMahon said...

I have never been on a retreat, unless you consider me sneaking off to my sewing room as a retreat! But I do love to spend my free time in that room, quilting. Thanks for the chance to win a yummy solid bundle!

Nicki.M.Green said...

I have never been to a retreat. They sound like fun, but not really feasible for me now.

Diana Simmons said...

I've never attended a quilting retreat. My daughter was the one who taught me how to piece a quilt. I have made 2 small quilts that I pieced & she did the quilting.

dlm9ivester@yahoo.com

lindaofthelakes said...

The couple of retreats I went to were just a blast AND i got SO much done. Amazine what you can do when you mostly give up up everying except quilting and eating (and talking).

lawton_linda (at) yahoo (dot) com

Martha said...

I went to a small retreat with my mom and sister. It's this really neat 3 bedroom apartment above the quilt shop. we sewed and sewed and sewed in the quilting store. Spent a lovely night. Got back up and sewed some more after the owner of the shop made us breakfast!.

Christine Slaughter said...

I have never attended a retreat or sewing class, but I sure would love to!g

Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife said...

I've never attended a sewing retreat . . . but it sounds like fun! I did do a 4H Sewing Day Camp when I was much younger. I learned how to use a serger! Of course, I haven't touched one since.

Bethany said...

I have never done a retreat before...so now I feel deprived of this...I must find one and go.

Stacy Hadwin said...

I have never been to a quilting retreat, but I would love to go on one!

Jessica @ Just a Mum? said...

I've never been able to go to a quilting retreat - but my favourite memory so far is sitting with my seven year old helping her make a small quilt for her doll. :)

Sarah_L_N said...

I've never been to a retreat or even sewn with anyone else! Sounds like I am missing out!

Gwendellyn said...

I haven't been able to attend a sewing retreat, but sewing with friends is the best way to spend time. Me and my grandmother used to sew all of my Halloween costumes together when I was young, and it helped reinforce that sewing doesn't have to be a solitary, lonely activity; it can also be sociable and fun in a different way. I'm hoping to join some quilting groups soon to regain that ♥

Beebs said...

I never had the opportunity to be part of a sewing retreat but have enjoyed sewing at times with friends and family and that is always a plus. A retreat would be wonderful to experience. Most of the time, I am quilting/sewing on my own but to share with all you lovely quilters...my daughter and family are moving from Montana to Texas THIS week and I will be close for the first time in 18 years to her and my grandchildren. My 'girls' are 17 & 15 and they love to knit, crochet, sew & quilt. Now isn't that just a blessing!!! The beautiful fabric you are giving away would give us some special time together! Tks for 'listening' and for this chance to win! Rebecca Romano

Welcome to the Glorious Chaos! said...

I have never been to a sewing retreat :( I think it would be so much fun to get to go, I am however a "my sewing room" junky :) I do love my work space at home!

StasaLynn said...

Goodness....lots of are excited for the chance to win these awesome solids.... I have never been on a quilting retreat.... YET! hahaha... Hope to do so in the future.

Being so new to the quilting experience, all of my time spent sewing, piecing and quilting are fantastic! Have fun in Vegas.

Patti said...

I haven't been on a quilting retreat, but sure would love to. Thanks for the giveaway of this beautiful fabric.

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Have never been on one, but would love the experience!

Dianne said...

Oh my gosh, every retreat is full of stories of fun, friends and frivolity so it is hard to pick one story or one retreat...guess I would have to pick the first time I and four friends travelled by ferry to Mayne Island to have a retreat with my QFF Rebecca. Four days of laughter, food and fun with five of my best friends - oh yes, we sewed too! LOL

SewCalGal said...

One of my first quilt retreats, many years ago, a group of quilting friends decided to rent a cabin in the mountains for a couple of days of quilting and to enjoy the Fall Colors. Time flew by and we had a great time, but on the last day we realized we had never taken time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We ended up hanging all our quilt projects on the 2nd story balcony railing and going outside to take pictures. We also had a nice walk and tour thru the little town of Idlewild, CA. We had fun and it proved quilters can have fun anyplace!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

kristi_d said...

Not so much a favorite memory as an unforgettable one: I sewed my finger to my quilt. Ouch.

Beth said...

I've never been to a retreat, but I would really like to go. My favorite memory is learning to sew with my grandmother when I was young. She always called me a speed demon because I put the pedal to the floor for everything.

Karen said...

Just attended my first retreat last month. It was a one-day event. Lots of time to work on my own project and there were several demos. We also had an one hour pillowcase making marathon.

Laura K. said...

I've never been to a quiltting retreat. I got really into quilting when I lived in Alaska. We were in a pretty remote area and had very limited resources so a retreat-let alone the cost of getting anywhere made it impossible. Now that I live in civilization again, I love to go on one. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Suzanne said...

I've never gotten to go to a retreat! I would LOVE to someday. My favorite sewing memories are learning to sew from a college roomate while we were supposed to be studying!

Margaret said...

I have never been to a retreat but would love to go to one some day. I think of a sewing retreat when I visited my sister in Houston and we sewed all week.

Ann said...

I've never been to a retreat

Anita Kroll said...

I have never attended a retreat yet but would love to go to one soon. Have not had the opportunity to do yet and am hoping one will come up soon in my area with an ASL interpreter so I can participle in the retreat.
In meantime I would love to win the fabrics.

Anonymous said...

I have never attended a retreat but have definitely sewed with 2 machines at each end of the table....my cousin and I spent a summer sewing happy years ago...
pmanson@peoplepc.com

Nita said...

Sadly, I have never been to a quilting retreat. It is definitely on my bucket list, though!

Kim Turner said...

I have never been to a quilting retreat. I haven't been quilting that long. I'm sure they are amazing though.

Jacklynn said...

I hve only been to one quilting "retreat", a local woman invited people into her home and for $125 we would leave with a quilt. She didn't take into account the different skills of her participants....needless to say I finished the top on my own at a later date. It was fun though and she made us great pasta for lunch. Thanks for the give away!

Angelia Lanouette said...

I have never been to a retreat but would really love too. They sound like sew much fun! Thank you!
anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

Rae R said...

I've only taken some classes at my local quilt shop. I would love to go on a retreat someday! raybanfandango at hotmail dot com

waycatholic.com said...

I've never been to one, but it's high time I do! When I was a little girl, I loved watching my grandmother create Barbie doll clothes, baby doll quilts and other fun things for her MANY grandchildren each Christmas.

Sharon said...

I have never been to a big retreat...this sounds like loads of fun..ahhh it would be so nice

lesley dean said...

I have never been to a sewing retreat but i would love to have the chance.To be able to meet like minded people, and be around lots of lovely fabric.

Nati said...

Not really a sewing retreat but my grandmother used to babysit me when I was little and we would spend days making clothes for my dolls! This is my happiest sewing memories! Thanks for the chance to win!

Rachelle said...

I remember a retreat where a friend was trying to spray baste a quilt using the cheap stuff from our big box equivilent. It did not go well at all and in the end pins had to be used.

Tracy Paul said...

I made a ring pillow for my sisters' wedding. I made it all alone on her friend's sewing machine. I had never sewn a pillow before and had not used a sewing machine since high school.
Don't know what I was thinking of, when volunteering.
I also waited till the last minute and had never seen a ring pillow before. Somehow it came out beautiful and looked expertly prepared. An angel must have been sitting on my shoulder. I can't think of any other way this small miracle occured.

Jo said...

Sad to say I have never been to a retreat or any kind of sewing or quilting event. Someday I hope to go to one although I am rather quiet around people I don't know so maybe it is not such a good idea for me.

Emily Camfield said...

I've never gone to a sewing retreat, unless escaping to my sister's house one evening a week for 2-3 hours of un-interrupted sewing time counts!

Love the solids!

Emily

Amy DeCesare said...

I had a very small mini-retreat - just me and my aunt, who got me back into quilting after a long hiatus when my sons were very small. We spent the weekend sewing and quilting while my husband was at a golf "retreat" about a mile away. :)

Bunk said...

Wow I have never been to a retreat but sure would love to go.. Of course I am sure I wouldn't get much sewn together because of talking and having a good time with other ladies who have the same love of sewing!

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

I'm a new sewer/quilter but I do love to go sew in my mom's sewing room at her house or set up my machine on a card table at the family cabin. It makes me feel very creative. - I assume these would count as retreats. :)

Brenna said...

It's not really a formal retreat, but I clearly remember my longest sewing session - I was in high school, and an avid 4-Her. I had a dress I had to finish before the fair, and I spent the better part of 24 straight hours sewing. I loved it!

The Whelan Family said...

I haven't ever attended a real retreat! So sad. I have gone to some all Day sews and I must say that the ladies there crack me up. It is so fun to just listen to them talk...AND...I learned a ton from them.
cwhelan at williamwoods dot edu

Stacy said...

I've never been on one but I sure would like to!

Kim said...

I have never been to a quilting retreat. I would love to go on one someday. I have fond memories of teaching my girls when they were little how to quilt. They were 6 & 8 and making the blocks from the Lazy Girl book with the.

Jenn4653 said...

Closest thing I got to a retreat was when I taught my mother and my best friend how to hand quilt tops they had made one weekend. Lots of fun and fond memories.

Gayle Lacey said...

My four quilt friends and I have a beautiful private 'cabin' in the woods that we go to for weekend quilting. It's awesome! We're alone. We take our own food or cook in the outdoor kitchen. The cabin has private bedrooms and sleeps 15. Lots of quilting 'til late at night, and lots of bonding time amidst our hectic schedules. Love it! Love the fabric!

deanna turner said...

I attend two retreat every winter with two different quild guilds and another in August. cannot wai for the next one. also sewing expo in Sept. Love Quilting!!!

wilma serrao said...

Our Guild hosts a day retreat annually. It is subsidised for members.Non members can come for a different price. Members teach classes It is held in a 5 star hotel with good food.We can work on our own projects too. It is fun to sew with friends.There are lots of prizes.This year it is on 5th May.I have always attended one every year and enjoyed it very much.

sheknowsallthemoves said...

I have never attended a sewing retreat, but I would love to. Spending full days doing nothing but sewing sounds glorious!

Nikki M. said...

I've never attended a retreat, but I hope to one day!

Nina said...

I have never attended a retreat. I have to say that for me sewing is a solitary activity, a chance to get away from all the noise around, therapy if you will. But I do remember sewing with my grandmother long time ago. Thanks for the chance!

Melissa Tremberth said...

I have never been to a retreat, but think a sewing one would be so much fun! I can imagine a bunch of ladies who all love the same things getting together to share it all!
Love the giveaway....when I saw what it was for, I could not get my comment on here fast enough! Its great!

Terry said...

I've never attended a retreat, but it sounds like fun.

Sallie said...

Looking forward to my first quilting retreat this summer! However, I have great memories of teaching two of my friends to quilt - we were newcomers to town, met weekly, and became best friends as a result.

Unknown said...

I haven't been to one but I would love to go!!

Melissa M.

melissamoyers6982 at yahoo.com

Susan Paxton said...

Hi this is Susan in Utah...I have never been to a retreat but loved sewing for and with my Grandmother and my Aunt. We would get together for the weekend and redecorate a guest bedroom or such...so many memories...so long ago!!

Sally Anderson said...

I remember one quilting retreat vividly even though it was a while ago. It was just happy-making time. I said one afternoon while there that there was no where else I'd rather be & nothing else I'd rather be doing. It was just so much fun to sew sew sew! I love those solid colors!!! Thanks for hosting this.

Debbie said...

My friends and I used to get together at a friends lake house and sew and quilt and cook. It was the best of times. Love the light colored solids. I need those.

Paula said...

I've yet to attend a retreat - doing so would require me to travel abroad and unfortunately that's not on the cards for another few years. Sooner rather than later I hope.

Pam said...

Last year I attended a retreat in Santa Barbara with Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. We had a blast! I love Gwen's jokes!! It was held in a hotel on the oceanfront in Ventura. We had a great top floor view of the ocean! Great creativity happened there!!

Mary in Tennessee said...

Sewing/quilting retreat? How about all those intense tutorials at the sewing machine when I was 11, and making my first garments - a plaid, pleated skirt and blouse. Mom thought the best way to learn was to jump in at the deep end, and immediately embrace the hard stuff. She taught me to drive the same way: right through downtown Dayton, Ohio at noon on my first time behind the wheel, and with a stick shift, no less. Jeepers.

carolann said...

I have never attended a retreat! I am retiring later this year and plan to attend one this fall - can't wait!!

Billy'sgirl said...

I have never been to a retreat, although I would love to someday. I have spent an entire Saturday with my quilt group, sewing for a particular charity, and have enjoyed the company, the laughs, the "snacks", and the fun of quilting together for a cause.

Schatzi said...

I'm a beginner, and I've never been to a retreat, but it sounds delightful.

Judy @ CQC Library said...

I love going to Quilt Colorado every other year for fabulous classes from wonderful instructors. I always learn lots & lots & have great fun with my friends as well. I'd certainly love to win these solids--what fun they'd be!

Anonymous said...

hallo, I've attended for the first time (certainly not the last) a quilt retreat last march in Blankenberge at the Belgium coast,
Can you imagine that we never had time to go for a walk nearby the seaside altough it was only a few steps away!
thanks for the chance,
lecluysekatelijn@hotmail.com

Deb Peterson said...

I've never been on a quilting retreat. However I'm sure looking forward to one someday.

Sarina said...

A retreat is still on my bucket list of things to do. But I love the RARE occasion when I can sit and sew all day... you can accomplish so much! Both bundles are so beautiful!

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

Back in July 2008 my son and I particiated in the Southern California Association of Quilt Shop Owners "Quilter's Run".

I'm in a wheelchair and don't drive so I was thrilled when my son, Jeff, volunteered to be my buddy for this "Quilter's Run".

We had so much fun and were able to visit all 39 shops. We were so proud.

Best time ever!

Julie said...

I have never had a chance to attend a retreat...but do have fun memories of my grandma teaching me to sew when I was younger!

Hoping to pass the tradition down to my own daughters...then maybe when they are older, we can have our own retreat!

Thanks for a chance to win!
Julie

Mary Ann R said...

My once in a lifetime sewing dream trip was organized by our local fabric store to the garment district of New York City. The shop owner had a personal buyer in NYC, so we got to go into fabric stores not open to the general public. Truly fascinating and inspiring. (PS Just returned from Utah - one of my favorite places.)

Stephanie Webb said...

My favorite retreat was making one of my very first quilts for my first son, CJ. I was pregnant with him at the time and it was a great learning experience plus all the quilting ladies gave me lots of advice as a first time mom.

Stephanie C. said...

I've never been on a quilting retreat but its def on my bucket list!

kwkaiser2 said...

My favorite was an AHA moment at a dyeing retreat when I learned about tray dyeing. We learned a lot of different techniques on a long weekend, but that was a real winner for me. That dark stack of fabrics are really beautiful. I live in Germany, but visit family often in the USA, so, I have an address in the USA.

Barb and Sharon said...

I have never had the opportunity to go to a quilting retreat. The closest I've gotten is quilting to midnight on a mystery block quilt. I hope to get a chance in the future.
Barb@Witsend

Carla G said...

I have never attended a quilt retreat and have no quilty friends local either. I would love to be able to have some like minded people to quilt with someday. :)

CJ said...

I love quilting retreats. All the friends that you make and the they are so much fun.

Susan Entwistle said...

I don't get it...the post says the contest closes on May 4th (which is Saturday), yet you say thanks for playing and announce the winners??????

Carolyn said...

I have never been to a retreat, but I hope to attend one someday.

Jan said...

I have never been to a fabric retreat, but I had plenty of fun teaching my step-daughter to quilt when she was young. I really need these solids. Pretty please, pick me.

Carmen Nuland said...

I've never attended a quilting retreat - I hope to (soon) someday.

Linda E in AZ said...

Several years I attended Quilt Camp in the Pines in Flagstaff, AZ. It was a great get together even though it usually rained a lot at that time of year!
thanks

Debbie P said...

I have only been to a one day retreat and it was a great experience! The best part was meeting new people and enjoying each others creativity and humor! I was filled with fun and laughter!

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