I have at least one retreat each year in Idaho. Next year we will be having it in Spokane instead. We have new handouts and people work on story quilt and hoochy piecing of flowers, cats, birds, fish and other fun things. I sometimes show how I embellish and we talk about how to choose fabric and what you may not understand about the color wheel. I divide it up like relatives and it is easier to understand I think. Luckily I came from an art and painting background and I see things like a painter first and quilter second. We have amny people who come more than once and always some new girls who fit in perfectly. I can bring books and ideas from home and some quilts that never go on the road too so that is always fun. This year the weather was wonderful. We did two field trips during the working part of the week to the quilt shop and later the next day to the Coeur d'Alene hotel for lunch. I pay for drinks and desserts there. It is a beautiful lake that everyone should see. All in all it is a ton of work for Mark and I but we love doing this and Tina who comes in from LA to cook works hard too. It is really one of my favrotie weeks of the year. Hope you can make it next year.
The cow pattern is in the "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks Book"
Kathy is an alumni too and they drive from California to Spokane so they can take home great things from the Farm Chicks show and Artfest which are the day before the retreat
Judy is an alumni and she is a docent for the Monterey aquarium and is doing a "Trusty Rusty" quilt and has so many awesome seashells and creatures in it that we all just watched as it developed into a really wonderful quilt....