This past weekend, I had the pleasure of getting to go on a weekend retreat to Quilt Bliss. Renee @Quilts of a Feather told me about the retreat in June, and we signed up to attend together. Jasmine @Quilt Kisses was also able to attend on Saturday, and it was so delightful to deepen my relationships with both women.
The retreat is held at the Timber Moose Lodge outside of Heber City, Utah. It had snowed a few days prior to our arrival, and it made a beautiful backdrop for the retreat.
It was glorious to watch the sunrise each morning and see the soft pink light first highlight the peaks of the mountain range.
Renee and I went for a walk around the property on Friday morning, and the brisk air and fresh mountain smells were a perfect compliment to the beautiful views around the property.
Prior to leaving for the retreat, I made a set of 6 hexie coasters to gift to Renee in her favorite quilting colors: teal and gray. Renee has gifted me so many lovely things over the course of our quilting friendship that I was inspired when I found the 5 minute hexie coaster tutorial last week. Each coaster is slightly different, which is a fun touch that I like to add to “sets” of things that I create.
Renee and I both had free time on Friday morning while classes were being taught in the sewing space (we took the second morning of the same classes on Saturday). We thought that the light, views, and space in the tower could not be passed up. Renee spent some time working on a Mandela drawing, and I spend more time coloring. Then, Renee taught me a card game that she let me win a few times before stomping me. 😉
I took secret sewing projects along with me, so you will have to trust me that I spent a lot of time Thursday night, Friday afternoon and evening (until after midnight), and Saturday afternoon making great progress.
Saturday morning I was so excited that Jasmine was able to set up right next to Renee and I prior to jumping in and taking the Quilt Story House pillow and sewing circles classes.
I chose to make a house pillow using train fabrics to gift to my niece for Christmas. She is just over 2 years old and currently loves Thomas the Train, so I hope the pillow makes a good gift for her. Renee’s pillow is the bug pillow on the back left, and Jasmine made the sweet fairy tale castle pillow with the purple roof. I just love that she modified her “chimney” to be a castle turret.
During the sewing circles class, Jasmine shared a *fantastic* tip for removing paper from the back of fusible web. After ironing the fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric, instead of folding back the edge of your fabric to get your fingernail or sharp object (like a needle) under the edge of the backing paper, simply use a pin to lightly score the back of the paper in the middle of your shape. The paper will then have a nice slit for you to run your finger and gently remove the paper. This is amazing and will keep the edges of your fabric from warping!
I plan to take the pieced top from the sewing circles class and play with free motion quilting on my long arm and use it as a table runner. I do love blue! 🙂
I am so grateful to Pamela, Kristin, Anna, and all the other wonderful women who worked so hard to make Quilt Bliss an amazing retreat.
I cannot thank Renee enough for helping to turn my 9-10 hour car trip to and from Quilt Bliss into retreat of its own by riding with me for 6 of those hours and flying in and out of the Las Vegas airport. I am so glad we had all that time to talk and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to spend more time with her in the future.
We clearly had an amazing time! If you have not gifted yourself the gift of some time away, I cannot emphasize enough how valuable it is to be in a room full of extended quilting family. I just sat back and listened to the music of laughter and sewing machines on more than one occasion. The kindness, warmth, and generosity of the quilting community cannot be equaled, and I feel renewed with a sense of connection because of the retreat.