Our BYOF (bring your own fabric) mini quilt retreat: hop + giveaway!

Make It, Take ItHere are a few great things about quilt retreats:

  1. They’re away from home, chores, kids, and responsibilities.
  2. Retreats are all about hanging out with sewing buddies and developing friendships.
  3. But they’re also about getting projects completed.
  4. Retreats are a great time to relax, unplug, and unwind—sometimes with a little wine and chitchat.
  5. After the retreat is over, you can return to daily life refreshed, rejuvenated, and with your work-in-progress pile a little bit lighter.

Quilt-retreat ideas

That’s the spirit behind Krista Hennebury’s NEW book, Make It, Take It. The book is full of fun stories from contributors, as well as clever ideas for quilt-retreat projects to inspire friendship and community.

Projects from Make It Take It

Prior to Krista’s book-release date, we were itching to hold our own retreat. So we took a break from our desks and got together to sew the “Rainbow ‘Round the Cabin” quilt in Make It, Take It. For this round-robin style project, everyone brings a couple yards of their own fabric in a predetermined colorway, plus a 12″ center block. The center block can be whatever you choose: a pieced or appliquéd block, or simply a square of favorite fabric—whatever makes your quilty heart happy!

We had a dozen eager participants, so we split up into two groups. One group chose brights and the other neutrals. Check out some of the photos from our in-office quilt retreat:

Virginia sewing, Linda cutting
Virginia adds a row to someone else’s quilt top, and Linda squares up a quilt top. There was plenty of time to swap stories and laughter in the line for the iron and the rotary cutter!

Virginia, Sarah, and Durby sewing
Virginia, Sarah, and Durby busy adding rounds.

Cathy, Karen, and Mary sewing
Cathy, Karen J., and Mary help each other determine in what order the rounds should be added.

In just two hours we had 12 quilt tops finished. Unbelievable!

Of course, we had to take group photos of our two round robin teams and their finished quilts! We confess, it got a little silly:

Bright Make It, Take It quilts
The bright group, clockwise from top left: Beth, Linda, Cornelia, Kara, Mary, and Karen B.


Neutral Make It, Take It quilts
The neutral group, clockwise from top left: Karen J., Cathy, Virginia, Durby, Sheila, and Sarah.

See the original “Rainbow ‘Round the Cabin” quilt in the gallery.

Wanna see more fun projects for your next quilting getaway? For even more great quilt-retreat ideas and projects to make before AND during your retreat, look for Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury at your favorite local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com. Don’t miss the other stops on the Make It, Take It Blog Tour:

Friday, April 3 blog-hop kickoff: Krista at Poppyprint
Monday, April 6: Berene at Happy Sew Lucky and Amy at During Quiet Time
Tuesday, April 7: Leanne at She Can Quilt and Felicity at Felicity Quilts
Wednesday, April 8: Martingale Inc. at Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Thursday, April 9: Krista at Spotted Stones and Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
Friday, April 10: Lynne at Lily’s Quilts and Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
Saturday, April 11: Ayumi at Pink Penguin and Krista at Poppyprint
Sunday, April 12: Kristie at OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder and Christina at Sometimes Crafter


What’s your best quilt retreat story? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Make It, Take It. We’ll pick a random winner one week from today and contact the winner by email. Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Nancy, who says:

“My best quilt story is about a quilt I made for someone who had no idea she would receive it. She was overwhelmed and her reaction made every part of quilting for me worth it!”

Nancy, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


147 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My main sewing machine had died so I was in the process of figuring out which one to buy. So at the next retreat I went around and interviewed everyone on the machine they had, what they liked, what they didn’t, what they recommended. At first I felt uncomfortable asking almost strangers but soon women were "Come here next!". They all wanted to tell me the story of their machines!

    —NancyR on April 8, 2015
  • I went to Shipshewana, Indiana for a quilt retreat a couple years ago. It was so much more than a retreat–the shopping, the history of the area–smack dab in the middle of Amish country; the fellowship, sharing projects and getting to know people with a passion for quilting was a blast. And of course, the food! Would love to go back and do it again some time!

    —CJ Hines on April 8, 2015
  • At one of our guild retreats we went Hawaiian and during the sewing two of the ladies came in with grass skirts and coconut bras and started doing the hula. It was so funny, we all laughed until we hurt. It is something that won’t soon be forgotten.

    —connie b on April 8, 2015
  • It looks like you all had a great time and accomplished a lot of quilting while you were at it. I am intrigued by the little wall quilt hanging on the wall behind Virginia, Sarah and Durby (has a checkerboard pattern across the bottom and a branch with several little owls perched on it.) Can you tell me where I could find/get that pattern.
    Thanks,
    Judy Casteel

    Hi Judy, that pattern is from Jelly Babies. ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Judy Casteel on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never attended a quilting retreat, but it sounds like a lot of fun!

    —Bea K on April 8, 2015
  • Lorsque je fais un beau log cabin , avec le sashio , c’est ce que je préfère …..mais en le faisant tourner avec les autres "patcheuses" chacune fait un morceaux , c’est assez drôle et le résultat surprenant ,

    merci !! à bientôt

    Translation: When I do a beautiful log cabin, with the sashio, this is what I prefer.. .but by turning other "users" each made a pieces, it’s pretty funny and surprising result,

    Thank you!! See you again

    —Pénélope on April 8, 2015
  • The five of us were at our annual retreat in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. We were way too full of mischief, and when the camp administrator came into our sewing room we asked why she was calling us names …(on the bulletin board was a reference to ‘fun bags’) One of our ‘team’ started calling us collectively "The Fun Bags", and we have been known by that name since. Every year someone supplies us with ‘team shirts’, and we have ‘team pictures’. Such good friends and memories.

    —mary on April 8, 2015
  • I have NEVER been to a quilt retreat and I want to go to one!

    —Elizabeth Kuntz on April 8, 2015
  • My favorite memory is from my first retreat. Several of the women were very experienced quilters and very willing to help me improve my skills, a very beginner quilte and they didn’t make me feel like I should know that already.

    —Kim Leachman on April 8, 2015
  • I have never been to one, but these pictures sure make me want to go to one! I love how you guys caught all the laughter! Such pretty quits as well!

    —Sunnie on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilt retreat! Sounds like fun, though!

    —Teresa on April 8, 2015
  • My best friend and I would rent a beach cabin in Lincoln City. We would set up our machines on the dining room table, light the fire in the fireplace and sew and talk to our hearts content. Eating and sleeping when the need arose, walking to the local fabric store with the quote"you can buy all the fabric you can carry back to the cabin". Great times!

    —Janine on April 8, 2015
  • I wish I had a great quilt retreat story. It would be amazing to attend one. Maybe, I will one day. It sure sounds like fun!

    —anna donato on April 8, 2015
  • My cousin, a quilter, invited myself and my mother to come up to her house in the mountains (where it is cool) in July when it is going to be very hot in Phoenix. Another quiltin’ cousin is flying in from Omaha and we are going to have a fun quilting retreat time together. Definitely a fun getaway to look forward to.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on April 8, 2015
  • I have never been on a quilt retreat! It sounds like fun.

    —Virginia Over on April 8, 2015
  • I don’t have a quilt retreat story as I have never been to a quilt retreats. I would love to though.

    —Susan on April 8, 2015
  • For one of our quilt guild retreats we were told to bring so many 1 1/2 inch strips. One sweet gal had her all strips on a hanger according to color. Our instructor first instruction was to throw half of our strips in a pile on the floor and then to pick up as many as we threw in, but not our own!!! Well our sweet friend really didn’t want to after all her work. The moral of the story was to work more scrappy!!

    —Valley on April 8, 2015
  • At my most recent retreat – I had a project that needed to be done for my quilt guild meeting the following week. It had to be done in secret- and the recipient of the finished project was in the group – so I had to wait until after she went to bed to work on it. It took an "almost all nighter" but I did get it done (and then she missed the next quilt guild meeting -so still hasn’t received it!)

    —Regina on April 8, 2015
  • We did a Halloween Quilt – even though we all used the same fabrics – they still looked different – love the way that happens

    —Kathy Luehrs on April 8, 2015
  • My best quilt story is about a quilt I made for someone who had no idea she would receive it. She was overwhelmed & her reaction made every part of quilting for me worth it!

    —Nancy Lanier on April 8, 2015
  • I have been quilting for 7 years and have yet to go on a quilt retreat! Someday……..

    —Sandy on April 8, 2015
  • only have one been only on one but had a fantastic time. was hesitant at first because i was the only one going didnt no anyone and it was for ufo’s nothing specific do what you want 4 days in central fl many years ago but had a great time and learned great tips and helpful hints was from a guild not retired yet so it will beawile again thanks for the chance to win

    debra on April 8, 2015
  • Sadly I have not been on a retreat yet. Someday perhaps …..

    —Karen L. on April 8, 2015
  • I have not attended a quilt retreat in the past due to work schedules, family events, etc. Now I am at a point in my life where it seems possible to do so. I am searching for a reasonably close venue to experience the fun and inspiration of a quilt retreat.

    —Mary C on April 8, 2015
  • Quilt retreat is new to me. sounds like a lot of fun. love the book and love the ideas.

    —Shawna on April 8, 2015
  • My machine jammed up pretty bad at retreat once. Spent half my time getting it un-clogged. Now I keep a spare machine in my trunk…just in case.

    —Claire on April 8, 2015
  • Retreat stories: oh my, I have so many. There was the time I woke up and thought my roommate had died in her sleep, but I was afraid to check, so I left the room and waited for someone else to find her. She got a big laugh out of that when she came to breakfast. But the best story is this: retreat at a conference center in the middle of the woods, very dark outside. Late one night, I was standing at the ironing station, which was in front of a door and you stared straight at the woods. All of a sudden, I looked up and there was a face in the window, just a deadpan, blank face staring at me. I screamed and about had a heart attack. One of the women had gone outside for a smoke, but no one heard her knock at the front door, so she had come around to the back door. She didn’t want to startle me by knocking, so she waited until I noticed her. Oh, I noticed, and everyone else did, too, when I screamed.

    —Jill Ellis on April 8, 2015
  • I have yet to attend a retreat but several ladies in my sewing group look forward to theirs. They sound like fun. Perhaps someday. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    —Ann D. on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilt retreat. I am hoping to hold a mini retreat with my friends at the lake house and this book would be fabulous to use! I love the ’round the cabin quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Pamela on April 8, 2015
  • My most fun and memorable quilt retreat was a few years ago when I forgot my 1/4 inch foot for my sewing machine…. I debated going home or finding somewhere that sold the 1/4 inch foot. My daughter and I decided to go the route of hunting for somewhere… I found a sewing machine repair shop that had the foot and I also learned a lot about sewing machine use that I didn’t know. We also found 2 great quilt shops on our little journey.. It turned out to be a great day and retreat.
    I love your quilting books and would love to win!!

    —Christy on April 8, 2015
  • Spent the week at my sister’s cabin, quilting and laughing. Nothing better than a sister with a shared passion for quilting and a week away to laugh and play!!

    —Kris on April 8, 2015
  • I have never been to a quilt or sewing retreat! Looks like a lot of fun and would love to find something close to my home near Austin, Texas. Hugs.

    —Nancy Weber on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilt retreat.

    —Diana Salmon on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve been to three out-of-town quilting retreats, and they were so much fun! I decided that I am a lucky companion for the retreats. My best friend and my sister have won the raffle grand prizes and three of the smaller prizes all three years, receiving wonderful gifts. Maybe it will be my turn one of these years.

    Kathy on April 8, 2015
  • I am still looking forward to a quilting retreat. I have never been to one. I am getting my supplies ready. Can’t wait.

    —carol on April 8, 2015
  • I have yet to attend a quilt retreat-but hope to get to one as soon as my kiddos are a bit older!

    —Emilee on April 8, 2015
  • I attended my first retreat while trying to finish college. My summer course was online and the location of our retreat had NO SERVICE!! I had to drive up the road, sit at a stop sign and walk through the homework with my husband on the phone! It was crazy but I made an A in Spanish that semester!!

    —April Hurley on April 8, 2015
  • I think my favorite quilt retreat story was when we were each working on a version of the disappearing nine-patch — but handled as a mystery quilt; the group hadn’t done one before. At one point we had them choose the fat quarter they liked the least, (cut into Twelve 5″ squares) – and then distribute them: keep one square, and pass the rest to the person on the left and as they received the stack from the person on the right, to keep one of those and continue until all were handed out. Now they each had twelve 5″ squares in a variety of fabrics (there were more than 12 of us). At this point they were very concerned because these fabrics did not go with their pallet, necessarily. I then handed out to each person three 5″ accent squares and 12 background 5″ squares. They each made three 9-patch blocks with the background squares in the north/south/east/west area of the block, and the accent square in the middle. Then of course went on to cut that into quarters and finish the disappearing nine-patch pattern. What they didn’t know until they were finished is that this became our charity quilt for the weekend. But it was fun having them worry how these were going to look in their quilt! The charity quilt turned out great!

    —Karen Dicken on April 8, 2015
  • Due to circumstances I can’t go to retreats. Doesn’t mean I cant dream about one though. Looks like lots of fun was hadby all.

    —Cindy on April 8, 2015
  • I am going to get a copy of this book it has great projects and I can make and share and use in our guild’s quilt show this October. I love the copy right disclaimer so that we can do that.

    —Elayne Novotny on April 8, 2015
  • I drove with a friend (850 miles) in my new cute little Prius for a one week school! We left with 2 small suitcases. After all, what would we need? They contained our comfy sewing clothing and our quilting "ordinary sewing supplies." We each had our machines and embroidery unts. Lots of room in the hactchback!

    We returned after 7 days of marathon sewing with the back seats lowered and every possible inch of space behind our seats and under the passenger ‘s feet with notions, patterns and fabric as well as our projects! We looked like the Beverley Hillbillies coming into town!

    It is amazing how much can actually fit into a Orius with two Quikters on board! The next trip was in a minivan!

    —Judi on April 8, 2015
  • I haven’t had the opportunity to attend a retreat due to work and financial restrictions. My goal is to attend one and bond with other quilters and gain knowledge from other quilters…it’s on my wish list.

    —Anne on April 8, 2015
  • Probably not my best, but in January I went to retreat ten days post-op foot surgery! Not the greatest idea I have ever had-2 flights of steps on my butt and using a rolling chair to travel between stations was a real experience! Everyone was so warm and ready to help if I needed assistance. Best part about it, I was stationed very close to the snack table!!! Love to go on retreat with quilty friends!

    —Bev Gunn on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been on a quilting retreat but right now something in the mountains or at the beach sounds wonderful.

    —Debbie Holley on April 8, 2015
  • I have never attended a retreat, but they sure sound like a great deal of fun!!

    —Terry on April 8, 2015
  • The truth is I have never gone to a quilt retreat. Some day I hope to go to one as the sound like so much fun.

    —Judy on April 8, 2015
  • Wow, that looks like a fun place to work! I haven’t been to an official "retreat" but enjoy taking classes at quilt shops or shows. It’s fun to spend time sewing with quilting BFFs both old and new!

    —Lisa Marie on April 8, 2015
  • Playing no peeking poker for 2 1/2″ strips was one of the funnest things I’ve done during a quilt retreat. Not being able to see your own card and bidding and raising with strips was a blast; especially since I won! We pulled enough strips which coordinated since we announced to bring fall themed strips, to make a charity quilt. I took home the rest.

    —WyoDi on April 8, 2015
  • I attend a Quilter’s Day retreat 3 times per year. I always have more than one project in the works and it is fun to see what others have as well. At the last retreat, one of the other quilters was using the same line of fabric as I was but a very different pattern.

    —Karen A on April 8, 2015
  • My favorite quilt retreat is the first one I attended. I was new to quilting and joined a guild. I really didn’t know anyone but signed up for the retreat. It was so much fun, and I met so many people! We had time to chat at length and really get to know one another. And I learned a lot about quilting, too.

    —Pat V. on April 8, 2015
  • I see I am not alone in the "haven’t been able to attend a quilt retreat" situation. My dream is to go on a quilt retreat cruise. Probably will not happen, but…dreaming is what keeps me looking forward and backwards.

    —JaniceCarole Allen on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been on a quilting retreat but the weekly quilting class I go to sounds like a mini retreat…
    Love the projects in this book!

    —Linda Fleming on April 8, 2015
  • I have never gotten to go to a retreat. I would love too. But finances won’t permit. So my retreats are solitary and very lovely.bi enjoy all my time quilting.

    —Doris Mccarty on April 8, 2015
  • I haven’t been on any retreats yet but I hope to make lots of fun memories in the future.

    Sarah on April 8, 2015
  • I think my first retreat was the best. There was ten of us that went to a time share in Pegosa Springs, CO.and then attended the quilt show in Durango and took a class with Fons from Fons and Porter. It was a great week with great ladies. We no longer meet as some have passed and some have moved. But those of us left, still keep in contact.

    —Lorraine Robertson on April 8, 2015
  • Sadly I don’t have a retreat story YET! I am planning on attending my first real soon

    Debbie D on April 8, 2015
  • Do unfinished projects count? My friend and I went to a one day retreat/class at Tater Patch Quilts in Merrill OR, to make a chenille jacket. It’s gorgeous, with a sweatshirt base. I bought all the tools, got all the prep work done in the class, was ready to start slitting and then sewing back together, when a move to Colorado intervened, and it still sits in a bin waiting sadly to be loved again. Sure could use it on these early spring days when it’s winter in the morning and spring in the afternoon. I think I’m going to make the needle holder…..

    —Sharon Schipper on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilting retreat before but I sure would love the experience. I’m a kind of "keep to myself" person but do enjoy interacting with people with similar passions.

    Debbie Harris on April 8, 2015
  • My most memorable moment was a trip to Colorado for a retreat, hard to sew there with all the beautiful scenery!Lots of places to buy fabric and quilters from everywhere!!

    —Allison on April 8, 2015
  • I packed up everything I thought I would need, and many extras. Upon arrival at the retreat (200 miles from home) no power cord could be be found as I setup my sewing machine. As my heart sank, the retreat organizer produced a spare cord for her machine that was exactly like mine. I was saved by an angel!!!

    —Camille on April 8, 2015
  • I have never been on a quilt retreat, but it is definitely on my bucket list! It would be so wonderful to quilt and talk with friends for days! I’ll keep dreaming about this special time, and I’ll eagerly await the day I get to go on a quilt retreat.

    —Kathy Biciocchi on April 8, 2015
  • I attended a quilt retreat nearly 40 years ago that featured Georgia Bonesteel. I have her books and still refer to them and use some of her methods.

    —Nancy on April 8, 2015
  • At a retreat we did the Jelly Roll Race and the run away winner was Linda. She went so fast that her sewing machine died. The repair man was not amused when she explained what she was doing when her machine stopped. We have some great memories and quilt tops from the event!

    —Vicky on April 8, 2015
  • I haven’t been to a retreat yet. They sure sound fun.

    —Dot H on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilting retreat yet but it is on my bucket list! ;-D

    Awesome giveaway!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on April 8, 2015
  • Looks like you ladies had a lot of fun making those quilts! I haven’t been to a quilt retreat, so I have no story to tell.

    —MoeWest on April 8, 2015
  • I have never been to one but I would love to go to one. Thanks for the giveaway

    —Margaret Schindler on April 8, 2015
  • Last April, I went to a quilt retreat and we played the LCR game (left, right, center with dice). Each participant brought 6 fat quarter to play with. I won the entire pot of 72 fat quarters… that is 18 yards of luscious fabric! Nice haul. And, my first granddaughter was also born this lovely day. How much grander can it get?

    —Jane V. on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilting retreat, so I have no stories to share.

    —Karen Cohn on April 8, 2015
  • Still waiting to go to my first retreat. Some friends that quilt want me to plan a summer "quilt away" since I am centrally located. The heck with the family wedding…..a quilting retreat sounds like more fun.

    —DebMac on April 8, 2015
  • I have never been to a Quilt Retreat 🙁
    They sound like fun. May be we Quilters in the Woods will have to
    get together and do one.

    elr on April 8, 2015
  • My favorite aspect of many retreats is that a classmate with whom I graduated 40 years ago would twice annually drive 5 hours (one way) to come to quilt retreats near my home and (her sister came, too: flying from Maryland to Iowa!) Sew special: one year she made pillowcases for every attendee before arriving and three years she came prepared to share courage, humor and jokes although she was suffering from cancer. Sew considerate of others: she had her head shaved the first night of one retreat so her lovely locks of ‘falling hair’ wouldn’t bother others’ quilt projects. It has been 18 months ago that she died, and the past three quilt retreats have NOT been the same without my red-headed chum!

    —Marty on April 8, 2015
  • I would love to go to a retreat with my best friend and fellow quilter, Carol. Vermont would be one of my choices.

    —Vickie on April 8, 2015
  • The best quilt retreat story is one I dream about: the most wonderful, friendly group of women meet in a spacious lodge on the side of snowy mountain. The large sewing room is equipped with the finest sewing machines, fabrics, threads, scissors and notions anyone could imagine. We all choose a pattern to sew on and take a break every hour to sip a chosen beverage, a chocolate snack with a clatter of gossip and conversation. By the end of the day, we are best friends and exchange our completed projects by way of drawing numbers. Oh what memories we’d have!

    —Kathy E. on April 8, 2015
  • I have yet to experience a "quilt retreat" … some day I will though as that is something on my quilty list!!!!!

    —Tonie Peterson on April 8, 2015
  • One of my quilting friends has a summer cabin and one year three of us spent a weekend at the cabin and quilted the entire time we were there. It was a fantastic weekend and no one cared how messy the room was or what time dinner was ready.

    —Linda Webster on April 8, 2015
  • This post just makes me feel happy all over. I’m so glad to see, and read, how much fun was had by all of you! Thanks so much for all of your energy and support of Make It, Take It!!!! xo

    Krista - poppyprint on April 8, 2015
  • Every fall my quilting buddies go on a long weekend retreat. We had our machines all set up and we’re ready to get down to some serious sewing. Of course my bobbin ran out of thread. So I get it set up to wind a bobbin and it wouldn’t wind. Couldn’t figure out what was happening. I thought my sewing was done. One of my buddies said "do you need to step on the foot pedal?" Daa! That’s the hazards of having more than one brand of sewing machine. Not complaining. So now when we’re on our weekend and a bobbin needs winding they say "Wind bobbin wind!" Wouldn’t want it any other way.

    —Rita on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve been to one retreat, our guild calls them "Quilt ’til you Wilt". They’re so inspiring and there’s always someone there that can answer your questions or fix a problem. No cooking! Yea. There’s one coming up this weekend.

    —Joy on April 8, 2015
  • My favourite part of a retreat is hearing everyone’s story – it is such a relaxed atmosphere and so interesting to hear about everyone’s experiences.

    —Tamara on April 8, 2015
  • *SIGH* I’ve never been to a retreat so I don’t have any stories but I SO want to go to one – somewhere locally. Most are several states away and I can’t afford them. But I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of the book!!!!

    —Crystal Guyer on April 8, 2015
  • If one has as much fun as you girls had count me in! Can’t wait to find one near me so I can try it out!

    —Esther Dunn on April 8, 2015
  • I don’t have any great stories but I love going for a couple of days learning something new and being with friends.

    —Chris on April 8, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilt retreat but this book looks like it could inspire me to try organizing one here in Mid Wales.

    —Karen on April 9, 2015
  • Retreat stories ahhhh where to start. I had mystery quilt to lay out waited patiently for the table to do so. Then proceeded. After I got it pretty good I asked a friend yo check a make sure there weren’t squares with the same fabrics touching. We concluded after a couple of switches that it was good. I then asked which way she thought I should pick up the blocks as not to mix them up again. ( had never laid out a quilt this way before)She advised me and assisted in picking up the stacks. The problem arose when I sewed them together. They were directional and I sewed on the wrong side of the blocks. I sewed and ripped and sewed and ripped for days and days. It was very different when I finished, but I love it.

    —Gaye McCance on April 9, 2015
  • Hello! I don´t now if I understand what you want me to write but I give it a try. I have quilt for a while now but I have not stopp quilt just have other things to do. But now I priority to quilt because I feel good when I quilt. I have my things out all the time. But I´m good att cleaning up things I´ve used clear. Ready to quilt. Your best! Titti

    Christina Nord on April 9, 2015
  • I organised a weekend retreat for my quilt group 2 years ago and it was such a success that I now organise one every six months. We have great time and I organise a social event for the Saturday evening where we play a game and I provide prizes. We originally went for 2 nights but the next one is for 4 nights!

    —Pauline Gacal on April 9, 2015
  • This looks so stinkin’ fun!On my first retreat with my quilt buddies Kim and Betsy, my friend Kim’s sewing machine acted up within minutes of arrival. We were hours from home, she wanted to pack it up and leave! We convinced her to cut out a project that evening as another quilter(whom we did not even know!!) who was only able to be there for part of the first evening offered her her sewing machine to use the next day! Crisis averted. Great time had by all. Quilters are the BEST

    —Machelle on April 9, 2015
  • I am fortunate to retreat twice a year with 15 of my best quilt buddies – once at cocktail hour, I tossed ice cubes out an open window and left the room. A dear friend also tried to do the same thing nonchalantly, unfortunately the window she chose had a screen in it !! So her ice cubes came bouncing back at her feet, LOL

    —Liz Tamiso on April 9, 2015
  • I haven’t been to any retreats yet. I read about the different places that offer them. Looks like a great time.

    —Sharon B on April 9, 2015
  • I went to a quilt retreat in Norway just before Easter in 2012. Two Australian designers were there to teach us stitchery; Gail Pan and Helen Stubbings. They were excellent teachers, but what I remember best is when it snowed the second day, and one of them (I can’t remember who, now) newer had experienced snow before! Both instructors ended up making snow angels!

    Anita on April 9, 2015
  • I have a group of friends that go to a retreat annually at Metigoshe Minitries in North Dakota. We have a great time sharing ideas, tips & tricks, sharing stories of family & faith – just brings us even closer as friends. There is just something about quilters – they are willing to help and share anyway they can.

    —Terri on April 9, 2015
  • I haven’t been to any quilt retreats yet. It has always been my dream to attend one but since I work full time and have two kids in school in different stages of life it gets difficult to get away. Hopefully, one will come together during a summer for me and I can take time off from work to attend one. It is my dream!! I’m only 39 and my friends all laugh at me because they’d rather be partying on the beach or in a spa but I tell them I’d rather go on a quilt retreat and I’m sticking to that!

    Annette J. on April 9, 2015
  • My quilt guild has at least 2 retreats a year. You are so right ~ they are so much fun as folks get to know each other better in a fun environment with none of life’s interruptions! This seems like a fun book to share with friends at one of these retreats! Thanks.

    —Marie Chat on April 9, 2015
  • Just last month my quilt guild (PMQG) had a retreat with 29 women and 1 man ~ I had the most fun at this one and I’ve been to a few retreats! We had giveaways (Krista sent her book that someone won), great food and a swap of a zipper bag ~ it was like a white elephant swap where you could steal one time! It was great fun and ended much too soon ~ I can’t wait till the next one!
    Looks like you ladies had a fun retreat too!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    —elsa on April 9, 2015
  • The best retreat is one where a couple of our local guild members who live next door to each other open up their homes and allow us to stay with them for a long weekend – more like a sleepover with sewing! Great food, wonderful companionship, and all the assistance we could possibly need!

    —Marilyn on April 9, 2015
  • retreats are so much fun, every year there are so many funny things that happen. one year Judy held court, we gave out tickets – speeding, too much chatter, messy workspace, encroaching on other peoples area – then the next day you had to plead your case to Judge Judy and she would levee fines of fat quarters, a drawing was held at the end of the "rulings" of all those fined to get all the fat quarters. We laughed for months about that.

    —connie b on April 9, 2015
  • I have gone on many Quilters’ Getaway Weekends in Waterville Valley,NH. The ones I enjoyed the most were the ones when my daughter went with me. She was 11 on the first trip and we went each spring until she went to college. I look forward to her coming again when she can. I am glad to say we still quilt and swap ideas. It is one activity we happily share.

    —jean crowe-balliro on April 9, 2015
  • I am loving this blog site

    Liz on April 9, 2015
  • We retreat every January at a nature center out in the country. Every year we get the best of the winter blizzards the same weekend. I usually get through the last 3 miles driving with my door cracked open to be sure I stay on the road. Once there, with the the fireplace crackling, we quilt, gab and eat like crazy for three days. Last year we got snowed in and ‘had’ to stay an extra two days! Can’t beat winter quilting in Minneaota!

    —Kathy G on April 9, 2015
  • I had the great opportunity to join 12 ladies for a week long vacation/quilt retreat in the mountains of Colorado. We made 20 quilt tops for a local women’s shelter during the week. Later we got together on a Saturday enjoy each others company more and tie the quilts. Many hands made light work.

    —Herma Hughes on April 9, 2015
  • I’ve been on a retreat but I would love too!!

    —Gill on April 9, 2015
  • I’ve never been on a retreat but I would love too!!

    —Gill on April 9, 2015
  • I have yet to go on a quilt retreat. I hope to have some good stories though after I go on a mini retreat with two of my friends in June.

    —Lisa on April 9, 2015
  • My best retreat story when we piled into cars for a midnight run to the (closed) quilt shop! A few of us needed something, and a couple of others were just curious, so the owner of the shop (on the retreat with us) said, Sure, I’ll open the store!" that was SO MUCH FUN!

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on April 9, 2015
  • At the retreat we learned strip piecing on a muslin square. The trick, use a handful of strips from a box. All one color, many fabrics in each box, just sew do NOT lay out. Many found that stressful! But they got into the relaxing mindlessness of not over-thinking placement. I asked for at least 1 block back to make a runner for a quilter on dialysis. In no time we had enough blocks for a queen size quilt which I finished and we presented to her at our next gathering. There were tears all around, happy tears of love and support.

    —Sarah Silk on April 9, 2015
  • How can one tell just one story? Meeting new friends, staying up late and sewing, getting up early and sewing, having all the meals prepared and delicious, too many snacks. Retreats are a blast!

    —Nancy N on April 9, 2015
  • I love retreats and the focused creative time they provide. The chocolate isn’t bad either.

    —Tamie on April 9, 2015
  • never been to a quilt retreat but I’d love to win this book thanks

    —apple blossom on April 9, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a retreat. Its on my TO DO LIST for this year! I love this book, it has so many great projects. My friends get together at each others homes and sew all day, but a long weekend would be heavenly.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

    —Karen Propes on April 9, 2015
  • The best parts of a retreat would be all the laughing, the food, having an opportunity to get to know each other better, and finding out you’re not the only night owl quilter.

    —Ellee on April 10, 2015
  • I haven’t been to one yet but I hope to soon! Thanks so much!

    —Tabitha K. on April 10, 2015
  • I love quilt retreats! The last retreat I went on, we did at least three different make it, take it items. One of them I liked so much, I continued when I got home and made three more for gifts. I also finished one quilt top and had most of the blocks for two more! This book looks like a lot of fun. 🙂

    —Tara A on April 10, 2015
  • I have never been on a retreat but from the pictures you can see how relaxed everyone is. They certainly look like they are having fun. Reading a lot of the comments has been so amusing. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on April 10, 2015
  • I have not yet bee to a quilt retreat but hope to sometime in the future. My husband does so much around here that it is like a retreat in some ways — no interruptions, etc. But a retreat sounds like a lot more fun! And it offers a chance to meet new people and learn new things.

    —Nancy Angerer on April 10, 2015
  • I haven’t been to one yet, but they look like so much fun!

    —Mary on April 10, 2015
  • Have never been on a quilt retreat. It is on my bucket list.

    —Sherril M. on April 10, 2015
  • I’ve not been to an official retreat, hoften tho I quilt/sew w/some very inspiring sisters. Teaching one or two of them how to add a zipper or embellishment, is so satisfying. That’s my best story…thanks for the opportunity to win the hard copy or e-book.
    Rainbow Round Robin would be perfect for my first retreat

    —Diane B on April 10, 2015
  • I have only been to one and it was last month. It was so much fun for me and at 83yrs. old, a challenge, but I met such great people that I didn’t feel out of place at all and hope to live for another one.

    Donna on April 10, 2015
  • I have attended many quilt retreats; and each one leaves good stories to tell. But my fave is when I took a major leap of faith and drove 5 hours to retreat with blog friends I had never met in person (we were virtually strangers! and I’m a shy introvert!). That was five years ago; we still retreat every summer in Minnesota and they are among my closest and dearest friends.

    Doris on April 10, 2015
  • I have never been able to attend a quilt retreat but would love to one day. I know I would learn so much from working with others. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

    —CindyM in Oregon on April 10, 2015
  • I’ve never been to a quilt retreat. It would be great fun I am sure.

    —teri on April 10, 2015
  • I have never been on a quilt retreat! I would so love to go on one.

    —Jo on April 10, 2015
  • I’ve never been…would love to someday.

    —Renee Welton on April 10, 2015
  • I have never been on a sewing retreat….. i like the idea of getting away from all the distractions, but i suspect i would feel guilty for spending most of the day sewing!

    —Suzanne Keal on April 10, 2015
  • My most interesting story is the retreat when my sewing machine started to work on itself. I did not have do anything. A "ghost" wanted to get into the fun. Actually the foot paddler was not working.

    —sew happy on April 10, 2015
  • With all the machines going during a retreat it can be hard to perfectly hear the conversation so when a retired elementary school teacher mentioned that she liked "porn" films, everyone stopped sewing in amazement. We looked at this grey haired lady until someone asked tentatively what she liked about them. "Everthing but the sub-titles", she said. Some one asked, "they have sub-titles in porn films?" "No, I like foreign films!!!" We all laughed until we cried and still tease the lady involved on her adventurous movie tastes a.

    —Linda on April 10, 2015
  • The best retreat I have been on was up in the mountains of Idaho – 4 days, 3 nights of stunning views from the huge sewing room where I won the stripping game – came home with a boat-load of WOFs 🙂

    Susan the farm quilter on April 10, 2015
  • Sounds interesting

    —barbara woods on April 10, 2015
  • Eat, sleep and quilt, we were well fed at the retreats I attended, sleep – incidental and quilt – the most fun, checking out everyone’s projects, a wealth of advice and ideas from "experienced" quilters AND getting something of my own to ‘topper" stage. Now I want to take a cruise quilt retreat!
    Cheers, Carol

    —Carol on April 10, 2015
  • Sadly, I don’t have a retreat story to share because I haven’t taken part in any retreat yet. I hope to be part of one soon. Thanks for the chance!

    —Barbara on April 11, 2015
  • Our local guild hosts a yearly retreat. I think registration was $15 plus classes and supplies. Since I go home each night I really love the Friday all night sew. The classes are great but Friday night is when we bond and laugh and play. It is crazy, and so much fun and the projects are amazing.

    —Mom C on April 11, 2015
  • I have been to one quilt retreat. It was a gift from my cousin who took me to a quilting weekend at a bed and breakfast in Lancaster, PA. We had a wonderful time and look forward to our next one.

    —Kathy Renz on April 11, 2015
  • I have not been to a quilting retreat. They sound like a great fun time. I do have a Featherweight, so I am ready for one – someday!

    —Bertha G on April 11, 2015
  • I haven’t yet participated in a quilt retreat … but it sounds like so much fun. I love these projects – thanks for the giveaway!

    Jenifer Farrell on April 11, 2015
  • Last year’s local quilt retreat was in a beautiful historic building with a fantastic view of the lake.The blocks we made were inspired by the decorations on the walls of the villa and are being sewn together for a charity quilt.Can’t wait for this year’s retreat!

    Nesta on April 11, 2015
  • well, some years ago, when I belonged to a Quilt Guild we had a two-day ‘retreat’ in town. The purpose of this retreat was to make loads of quilts, using the humungous stash of a member who had recently passed away. I am not sure how many quilts were made, but I also took some fabric home and ended up making 6 bed-sized quilts, which were donated to an abused women’s shelter and a homeless men’s shelter.
    Thanks!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline

    Jacqueline VH on April 11, 2015
  • At retreats for my guild (Tompkins County Quilt Guild, Ithaca NY) the gremlins sometimes come and play tricks after *everyone* goes to bed…Last time there was a mouse (made out of fabric) nibbling on some cookies next to someone’s sewing machine (there was a real mouse visiting the previous nite) and some interesting replacement blocks pinned over the real ones in a beautiful quilt top on the design wall. We posted pics the next morning on our facebook page so everyone could have a good laugh!

    —Naomi Raimon on April 11, 2015
  • I would love to tell a great retreat story, but I have never been to one. I hope to someday.

    —Karen McMahon on April 11, 2015
  • About 5 years ago at Thanksgiving, I taught my 2 daughters-in-law how to make a star wall-hanging….It was a lot of fun to see what fabric they picked from my stash! One finished and one didn’t. But they are both interested in quilting and have made other things since then, but not the three of us together like at that holiday retreat!

    —Rosalie on April 12, 2015
  • I’ve never had an opportunity to go on a retreat; they sound so great!

    —NancyB from Many LA on April 12, 2015
  • I love quilt retreats and have been lucky to have organised a couple for a local guild. We have so much fun. Eating (and drinking), sewing, laughing (eating), sharing stories, (eating), sometimes some (fabric)shopping. Sometimes the retreat has been local (within a 30 minute drive for most attendees), and sometimes further afield. Sometimes staying in cabins, sometimes at a glamorous resort. Wherever it is, the most important part is the friendships, the laughter and coming home too tired to unpack!!!

    —Sandra on April 12, 2015
  • I am also among those that has not been to a retreat. :-{

    —Shirley on April 12, 2015
  • My most memorable retreat was when a pipe burst in the room above our retreat room. My machine was directly under the stream of water flowing through the light fixtures. I was shopping at the time, but everyone in the room grabbed machines, projects, etc. Nothing was damaged!! The firemen arrived and someone labeled them the "hunky firemen". The next year we teased the retreat chairs about having the "hunky firemen" come back and the same thing happened again and they did arrive again!!!

    —Diane on April 13, 2015
  • What a great time you all must have had! Sewing together with friends is priceless.

    Jane on April 13, 2015
  • The most memorable quilt retreat is one that none of us will ever forget. A group of us were at our favorite retreat one March, when one of the ladies of the group, received a call that her son had committed suicide. We all felt her pain! As she left for home, we all got together and decide to make her a healing quilt. The vendor had some inspirational fabric and we all contributed to purchase some and then we combined our own scraps. We each came up with a block that would signify the comfort that we wanted to extent to our friend. We all hoped that sometime in her life, she would be able to look at it and find God’s comfort that we all wanted to give her!

    —Theresa on April 15, 2015
  • Quilt retreats are so much fun and entertaining. Being able to spend however much time you want to sewing or just visiting. It is so relaxing. Thanks for a chance to win.

    —Elaine on April 16, 2015

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