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….

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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