Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rejuvenated...


I returned home late Saturday from an amazing quilt retreat held at the historic Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon, Utah. The retreat lasted from Wednesday until Saturday and was home to over 250 amazing quilters for a few days! It was so much fun to meet quilters from all over the country and to be inspired by their quilts, their fabrics, and their lives.


I taught two classes Thursday and Friday (both filled with the nicest women--so nice to meet them all) and was able to give a trunk show on Friday evening. We had an after lunch and an after dinner trunk show each day, so by the time it was my turn I had already attended 4 of the most amazing trunk shows.  I was feeling a bit "out of place" and nervous but ended up having a wonderful time sharing the quilting stories of two of my great-great grandmothers and presenting 44 quilts I brought from home.

I did a little sewing during my free time...finally finishing up the binding on my Vanilla & Blooms quilt that just arrived back from the quilter a couple of weeks ago.


And here are my two Vanilla & Blooms quilts together...notice the darks and lights are reversed in these two versions.


I also was able to start setting together my Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Designer 2012 blocks (I'm doing some pattern testing of this project for Kimberly). The blocks and the setting are both amazing...this is such a wonderful quilt.

I relaxed, read, journaled and doodled, and I came home with lots of new project ideas and goals! The retreat was the perfect mid-winter pick me up!

PS...Congrats to BillieBee who won the SkyReve giveaway!

25 comments:

Cindy said...

Oh! Sounds like so much fun! Wish I could have seen your trunk show.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Sempre gosto de saber que as pessoas estão felizes em suas profissões,e sinto isso vindo de você,parabéns.Sugiro tutorial dessas colchas dubladas,obrigada.Beijos e bençãos.

Sammy said...

Your work is lovely, keep it up.

Wendy said...

It must have been amazing to see so much show and tell. Your quilts look wonderful.

Mama Pea said...

That is very cool! 250 quilters! Wow! And I can't believe you have 44 quilts! LOL! That is awesome. I would have loved to have been there for your trunk show and class. I bet they were awesome. I love how you have the lights and darks reversed on those quilts!

~ Julie ~ said...

I've heard the Bryce Canyon retreat is AWESOME!!! That's on my "to-do" list! :) I wish I could have seen your trunk show! 44 quilts!!! INCREDIBLE!!! What a treat that must have been!

Jan Marie said...

Sherri, I really enjoyed the trunk show you did. I was right on the front. I didn't want to miss any of it. Thanks for sharing.

soyee said...

Amazing with the colours reversed the quilts look entirely different! At first I thought they were two types of blocks.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

There is a pretty good chance I might be moving to Utah in the fall. Will have to put that retreat on my list, so I can meet a bunch of other quilters soon after I get to Utah.

Audrey said...

I love the reversal of Vanilla and Blooms. I would have never guessed they were the same pattern! What a difference reversing the background makes. I love both of them.

Nedra said...

How I wish I could have been there to attend your classes and to see your trunk show. I really miss going to Bonnie's retreats!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. I so wish I could have seen your trunk show. I can't believe I didn't know about this retreat. I only live an hour and a half away from Ruby's inn. In fact, I am taking the youth from our church there in a month for a youth conference. Do they do it every year???

Terriaw said...

Sounds like a fabulous retreat! I love that feeling you get in an environment with so many wonderful, like-minded people. So inspiring when you come home full of energy and new ideas.

Kathy H said...

Those quilts are beautiful. I didn't realize they were the same pattern until you pointed it out. Fabric placement can really make a difference.

Nanette Merrill said...

I thought about you and everyone last week. So glad you could go and enjoy.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Glad you enjoyed your retreat and I bet you were an amazing teacher! I would love to see your trunk show. That mystery quilt looks beautiful.

Carrie P. said...

sounds like fun. 44 quilts! I am sure they all enjoyed seeing them.
I love the quilt done where you can see the x's in the dark.

Patricia Lessell said...

I'm glad you had such a good time. Wish I could have been there. I can't tell you how excited I am about the 2012 Mystery Quilt as I'm sure it's going to be just stunning.

Sandy said...

The Vanilla and Blooms quilts are amazing in how different they look!! A retreat is so much fun. Looking forward to a Fri-Mon one coming up the middle of March. So much inspiration!

Sharleen said...

I was also at the quilt retreat and enjoyed your truck show so much! I love vintage quilts and I loved seeing the ones you brought and hearing their stories. It was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

How exciting -- I can't think of a more beautiful place to have a quilt retreat! Now -- do all your faithful readers get a 44-quilt show??? ;-D

Miss Nancy said...

Sounds like it was a super great retreat! Would have loved to have seen the trunk shows.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

Sinta Renee said...

I wish I would have been there to see your trunk show!!! And also to take a class from you. Everyone must have had so much fun. Your quilts are so beautiful, I know everyone enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed you.

Robbienae said...

Your quilts are lovely! I made a quilt using the vanilla blossoms pattern. I loved making this quilt and plan on doing the reversed version. I'm sorry to have missed your trunk show.

Robbienae said...

Your quilts are lovely! I made a quilt using the vanilla blossoms pattern. I loved making this quilt and plan on doing the reversed version. I'm sorry to have missed your trunk show.