Take a look at our sweet quilt retreat in the woods.

This sweet retreat includes summer breezes, floating skies, lazy days…butterflies.

This is a retreat – by the numbers!

Image of Creek at the Sweet Retreat
One Sweet Retreat

First, we have one hunting cabin. Add twelve ladies. Next, throw in three feather-weight, one Brother, two Janome, and one New Home sewing machines. Furthermore, we had three Scan N Cut machines working away.

In addition, some gals brought handwork to stitch. There is fabric everywhere along with thread, pins, needles, fusible, vinyl and food!

What more could a quilter want?

Perhaps a few deer out the window.

Deer on the bluffs.

While some gals worked on their sewing machines and some day-trippers brought handwork, many of us worked on final details for the local quilt. Our River Heritage Quilt Guild quilt show was less than a month away. Definitely, there were bindings and labels being stitched. Surprisingly, some quilts were just getting started!

Rosie’s stocking.
The End of the Road

What seemed to a few like a road to nowhere turned into a swell time for us all!

Nearly everyone got some kind of monogram as we were testing our wits against our new Brother Scan N Cut machines. and realizing the possibilities.

A is for Anne with an E

Simply put, we were busy from dawn unto late in the night.

Of course, a sweet retreat must involve food.

In addition to the laughter, sharing, and world problems being solved at this sweet retreat, there was a fair amount of food involved. And one sweet treat involved a practical joke.

With a recent experience regarding a visit from a bear, one quilter planted this “bear scat” near my car.

I thought I’d bring some bear scar to scare; instead it was really bear scat to share.


See It’s a Bear Out There!

Image of sweet bear droppings (candy) at the retreat.
Fresh Bear Scat

Bear Droppings

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp shortening
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • In double boiler over simmering water, melt the chocolate chips and shortening until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in raisins and almonds. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Chill until ready to serve.

My answer to the bear trickery was a bear paw quilt made with Kaffe and Moda Grunge. See It’s a Bear Out There for the full bear tale.

My Bear Likes Kaffe

This little getaway was a fun and beautiful way to transition from the heat of the summer to the cooler temps ahead.

Sweet Friends

It was a sweet retreat.

The Infamous Low Water Bridge

Enjoy your quilting journey!