I'm back to the blog; sorry for the sabbatical. Family priorities were center stage for awhile, and now I'm getting back to updating the blog and website.
This weekend I'm retreating with friends, catching up on some projects. We're at Stitchin' Tree Quilts and we're finding it a pretty ideal space. Teresa has done a great job with all the details, and it's helping me to know what to look for in a retreat center--or to plan for in the quilting/fiber art studio and center I want to set up. Some day. :-)
The story behind Jeanette standing by the sign isn't as interesting as it might be; she's just waiting to flag down a fellow quilter who hasn't been here before. All he truck drivers waved, though.
The kitchen is fully equipped, so we don't have to bring paper towels or pans or crock pots--any of those things that fill up the car. That means we can load more fabric and projects. (Because, of course, we never bring more than enough projects, anyway, right?)
We have plenty of elbow room to work, with more tables, if we want them. There are "big board" ironing boards. There's a big (BIG) design wall. They updated the electricity in the converted farm house so there are enough outlets. We have a Wi Fi connection, (Yes, we're still all pretty much connected, if we want to be.)
Of course, the beds in the bedrooms all have quilts on them, so we feel right at home.
The retreat center is attached to the quilt shop because, though we load up the car with fabric and projects and notions and books and patterns, we never have everything we need. You know what I mean. Our friend Karen just went shopping for more batiks (no big hardship for her, it must be said) because she miscut something. She definitely seemed more upset about making the mistake than having to shop for more batiks.
Next time I'll post photos of what we're working on; I'm in the midst of some pretty talented quilters, and I think you'd like to see what they're making.
So, I'm gathering ideas (while thoroughly enjoying what she's done here--I'm grateful for the wonderful space) for the future. What is/would be your favorite things for a retreat center? What do you most like about the places YOU retreat?