Quilt Retreat

I left bright and early Thursday morning for my bi-annual quilt retreat at Camp Mitchell up on Petit Jean mountain.

Packed and Ready!
Packed and Ready!

It’s beautiful up there, and the lodge we use has an abundance of windows and killer views.

I baked copious amount of rolls. Ninety eight in total! Some were my plain buttermilk yeast rolls, the rest were experimental flavors.

Hmmm
Hmmm

I did some with bacon, scallions, and Jarlsberg cheese. Those were my favorite! A batch with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil, and some with Greek olives, fresh thyme, and goat cheese.

Bacon, Scallion and Jarlsberg Rolls
Bacon, Scallion and Jarlsberg Rolls

I smoked and reverse seared a couple of ribeyes and sliced them thin for meals.

Breakfast
Breakfast

An excellent feast with cheese and fresh fruit! Although my penchant for steak that still moos if you poke it hard enough may have freaked a few folks out. 🙂

I’m an early riser, and always enjoy a hot cup of tea while I look around and smile at the chaos we quilters create.

A few of the quilts the girls finished early.

A friend’s Lemur blocks… so stinking cute!

Natalies Lemur Blocks
Natalies Lemur Blocks

There’s never a shortage of help and advice (and apparently purple shirts) at a quilt retreat!

It Takes a Village
It Takes a Village

My little nook. I’ve had my Sew-Ezi table for about 15 years or so, I had purchased it when we were full-time in the RV. This time I paired it with a four-foot folding plastic table, and my wool pressing pad. It made for a nice little work station.

My Station
My Station

I forgot to take my blocks diagrams from Electric Quilt, and I spent more time ripping blocks apart then I did sewing. While the center blocks are all the same, the outer row are different, and I kept messing those up.

QoV Progress
QoV Progress

I didn’t get the quilt finished, sadly. This still needs the top and bottom row, and the borders.

I ended up leaving Saturday afternoon instead of Sunday, as I’d been fighting a migraine the entire weekend.

Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound

The girls helped me load the car. Funny how fast it goes when you’re leaving, it takes me forever to get it loaded for the retreat!

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Looks like a lovely retreat with lovely ladies. Hope you are feeling better.

    1. It really was. I am so glad I came home, I feel like utter crap this morning.

  2. It looks like a wonderful place for a retreat. So sorry you had to leave early though. Our daughter suffers (endures) migraines. She actually goes blind. She has found over the years that certain foods trigger them. Also, hormones play a big part also. She is hoping once menopause is finished she won’t have them anymore. They are hereditary in her maternal grandmothers side of the family too. Your quilt blocks turned out beautiful. Have you ever considered selling patterns for some of the ones you design?

    1. I’m positive my migraines are food related. I actually went and bought a glucose meter and test strips this morning. I’m going to test my blood sugar levels for the next week. My migraines started AFTER I went through menopause.

      I have been asked many times to write patterns, but my math skills are laughable. I don’t ever get any math right!

  3. Sympathy from someone who once suffered terrible migraines. Sometimes three a week and had to just lie in a darkened room and hope they would go away. Since having surgery, thankfully, migraines are no longer suffered. Take care and do what you can to get rid of them. i know how frustrating this can be. Your Quilt of Valor looks stunning and your designs are to die for. Maybe you could recruit someone to help set out the maths for selling patterns. I am sure you would have a queue of customers willing to buy 🙂

    1. Thank you Maureen. I’m so happy to hear you no longer have migraines! I should teach my hubby to quilt and let him do all the math :). He’s positively brilliant with the wicked stuff. LOL

  4. I live in NW Ar and just found your site. I’ve been a Bernina girl for many years and was just wondering if the quilting retreat is open for newcomers or just a select group? I thoroughly enjoy your tea and muffins. They are also my morning infusion 👩‍🌾👩‍🌾

    1. Hello Belvalee! While we would absolutely love to have more quilters join us at the retreat, there sadly isn’t enough space there even for our entire group, so it’s first come and first pay a deposit within our local group.

      We had a second retreat area in Perry AR, at Heifer’s Ranch which held more and was open to everyone, but they just announced they will no longer be doing retreats! We are quite bummed. And looking for a new retreat area not too far.

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