I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with some friends this past weekend. We had such a good time. If you are interested in having a retreat and you are close enough to southern Indiana to have a retreat there, definitely check out this place. (Actually, the place is located approximately 30 minutes from Louisville, Kentucky.) Lora Nale has a great space for small overnight retreats. She can accommodate eight people comfortably and will take as few as six (maybe even four). There are four bedrooms, two baths, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a dining area. The sewing area is right next to the house and is a really nice space. The room is 30' X 40' with sixteen 6' tables with rolling office chairs. She provides irons and ironing boards, cutting tables, and electrical outlets at each station. She also provides tea, coffee, and ice. Her place is called Quilt Corner and is located at 18629 Gibson Hollow Road in Borden, Indiana. You can't beat the price--$40 for the first day and $20 for each additional night. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we were there, we made a lunch-time trip to Huber Winery and restaurant (not very far from the retreat location). I had never been there and enjoyed that very much. We ate lunch at the restaurant and went to a wine tasting before heading back to the retreat. They have a very nice selection of wines available for purchase.
We arrived and started sewing as soon as we got our cars unpacked. I find that I have trouble at retreats working on any of my "art" projects. When I'm working on my art pieces, I need to have my whole arsenal of fabrics handy. I'm not good at picking out what fabrics I MIGHT need to take along; I NEVER seem to have the fabric I need. I concentrated on making some Christmas gifts and finishing some little Lori Smith quilts. I even had time to do some handwork on a piece. Here are a few of the items other retreat participants made.
Debbie was very productive! These are a couple of charity quilt tops she made.
Ann P. enjoyed working on the machine applique for this piece once she discovered how much easier the applique was to do with an open-toe walking foot!
Nancy made a table runner and embellished several towels (among other things). She has become a "master" at machine applique!
Robin perservered in making this table topper even though the magazine pattern was incorrect. (I think she said she still wants to add a border to this one.)
Ann J. finished this little quilt and worked on lots of other really nice pieces.
I haven't taken pictures of the things I worked on. I'll save those for another post. Also, some of the retreat participants worked on BIG projects, and I didn't get pictures. I hate that I can't show you the beautiful pieces Marge, Jane, and Vicky worked on.
I can't tell you anything else about the retreat because...WHAT HAPPENS AT RETREAT STAYS AT RETREAT!