My First Quilt Retreat!

If you ever have the opportunity to get away for a weekend with fellow creatives— say YES! The joy of a few days, preferably in a spectacular location, with like-minded friends and future friends, is amazing.

I am a member of the Connecticut chapter of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), which is an incredibly talented gang. We met up in a retreat center in a really lovely, remote (more on that later 🤣) part of our scenic state.

As part of the set-up team, I helped pack up goody bags! We had fabulous sponsors in, and

The room soon filled with the happy buzz of idea-sharing and a symphony of sewing machines…

…and lots of spontaneous demonstrations of techniques. Our fearless leader Christina Blais wisely ensured that we had little structure and plenty of time to sew/relax/exercise.

Which led to a classic art quilters’ hike featuring lots of stops for photos and, ummmmm, perhaps a few missed trail markers ;). I discovered that iPhones actually have a compass app which really came in handy 🤣. (Hint: texting that you’re not lost yet is really bad luck ;))

One very special moment featured the “Friends” stone in the opening photo. Kate Themel ( brought a basket of these engraved stones so that we would know, when back in our studios, that we are not alone 💜.

Until next year, gang….

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