Once a year we head out of town to a quilting cabin in the woods.
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- Once a year we head out of town to a quilting cabin in the woods.
Okay, so it’s not really a quilting cabin. It’s a deer camp for the hunters in the family all year round. But for one week, we try our best to “chick” up the place!
Step one, clean it up.
We spend a bit of time when we arrive to vacuum, mop, disinfect surfaces, wash bedding, and do mouse and spider prevention– because it really is a cabin in the woods!
Step two, bring it all in!
First, we’ve set up the table. Followed by the tables, machines, fabric, thread, needles and pins, design walls, quilt blocks, music, movies, lights, food, food, more food. Lastly, and best of all, friends!
In this quilting cabin, we sew among various trophies on the walls and hanging above us from the ceiling.
Get ready to work!
One day, we stood in the field at the top of the hill and made an impromtu target for a money/food/water drop with this water bottle as the target. It felt like a scene from Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
We did get a flyover!
A few days later, got us a ride through the property, complete with thorns and briars and overgrown brush. So, it was a Polaris, not a mule, but that doesn’t sound as exciting.
We were truly blazing trails! This was our view from riding across the the dam.
It was all fun and games until we broke down! Fortunately, the abrupt stop didn’t happen in the middle of nowhere OR in the middle of the briar patch. A brief, downhill walk back to the truck was welcome! We stayed close to the quilting cabin after that.
Learn more about the Floating Flower Garden quilt! It’s made with BOTH beautiful sides of fabric.
Sunrise at the Quilting Cabin
One morning, about 4:30, Linda and I met in the kitchen and since we were both wide awake, we decided it was time to take the coffee to the porch. The moon had a beautiful red ring around it. We rocked, talked, drank coffee, watched the stars turn into a sunrise, and heard an owl in the tree.
Quilting Cabin, Mamma Mia Style!
How does Mamma Mia fit in? Well, one annoying quilter (there’s always one) couldn’t get “Waterloo” out of her head. Knowing only that word of the song, that’s all she would sing…over and over until they finally turned on the movie and then NO one could get that or any of the other songs out of their heads. Let’s see…”Dancing Queen”, “Waterloo”, “Super Trouper” “Honey, Honey”, “Momma Mia”, “Money, Money, Money”, and “Our Last Summer”
Yes, friends, you are all welcome – you’ll be singing those songs the rest of the day!That one Annoying Quilter
Yes, friends, you are all quite welcome for the reminder (blowing kiss).
We had a wonderful week. I regret we didn’t take more pictures, because, believe it or not, some quilters, quilts, and activities didn’t get photographed!
Quilting Cabin Gallery
Retreats are about more than just getting away.
Naturally, there is something wonderful about being around old friends, making new friends, and having limited responsibilities. You can do whatever you feel like doing. You laughing and share.
These are all things that you can’t do at home, stitching alone.
In conclusion, when you’ve left the quilting cabin and you head back to civilization, let me leave you with this song…
“Back to life…back to reality” (another song for you…by Soul II Soul, 1989) You’re welcome, friends!
For more retreat fun, plus a yummy recipe, read One Sweet Retreat.
Enjoy your quilting journey!