There were 6 of us who got together for the weekend for our retreat for the modern quilt guild of New Orleans: myself, Kaelin, Karen, Mandy, Lana, and Cherie. We had a blast quilting, eating, making trips to the local quilt and craft stores and staying up way too late watching season one of Glee! Everyone came with different projects in different states of completion, so it was great to see projects begun and projects completed and everything in between.
We stayed at a house in Baton Rouge that is set up for quilting retreats. I think we all have mixed feelings about this house. It was great to have space devoted to quilters but the house was a bit, shall we say, strange. There was a lovely musty smell that permeated the place and caused my allergies to act up. I went out and got some air and fabric freshener and a clean linen scent candle to keep by my machine. That helped. LOL. There were stupid things like no toilet paper and dish soap and irons we had to beg for. Odd.
But our work space was probably the highlight. Here's my machine all set up!
Everyone hard at work quilting late into the night!
Large design walls perfect for pinning up projects (like Karen's fabulous Bento Box!).
Sometimes we were working...LOL.
Cherie picked up a pack of fat quarters for us at a local quilt show for us to give to Kaelin for all her hard work on organizing the retreat. Kaelin was pretty excited about them! Yay! She made it hard on us because we wanted to buy other fabrics, but then she would buy them herself! Grr.... LOL.
Karen working hard on sewing her Bento Box. She was right across from me and my roommate! We had a fun time making each other laugh! That's what she said!
Karen's so shy I could never get her to pose for anything. ::cough::
Here she is wrapped up in her table topper made from darling sheer witch fabric edged with crazy black trim.
I'll share more later, but I want to make sure that the other ladies have the opportunity to blog about their own projects before I show them. ;) It's so hard because they are all fabulous! Woohoo! And I did not get enough pictures!!!
All in all, we had a fabulous time hanging out and sewing, taking trips to quilt stores and singing along with all the Glee episodes...and of course eating. We even got to see some prostitutes...errr...teenagers all dressed up for a school dance having lots of drama! I think we're still all having nightmares about their shoes! I swear some of them must have gotten redressed in the car because if I ever let my daughter out of the house dressed like them someone shoot me! Good times. LOL.