Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quilt Retreat--Timber Moose Lodge



I just returned home this afternoon from an incredibly amazing and inspiring quilt retreat in the mountains at the Utah County Modern Quilt Group retreat--Quilt Bliss!  The event was held at the spectacular Timber Moose Lodge near Heber City, Utah. The lodge is over 26,000 square feet, sleeps 60, and is the largest private log cabin in the United States.



 We arrived on a snowy afternoon (I must thank my roommate and friend Jodi, for her patience and for telling me exactly what to do to drive in the snow). The entrance to the lodge is grand and spectacular; however, it pales in comparison to what you find inside! (There are some terrific pictures of the lodge if you follow the link above to the lodge web-site--but come back here to read about the amazing weekend).



 We had spectacular views from all sides of the cabin. There is no better way to spend a few days than being in a winter wonderland with your sewing machine,  lots of fabric, and wonderful creative friends old and new.


  
We were able to take classes, attend trunk shows and lectures, and sew to our heart's content. I was inspired by Sarah Jane's lecture on creativity and fabric design.



 And I was motivated to start sewing with all of my scraps after taking Amy Smart's string block and scraps class. There were also several other trunk shows and classes by some amazing women. Quilt eye-candy and inspiration were everywhere! One of my favorite things, though, was just to talk with good friends about the art of quilting and how we as modern women make time for our passion for this past-time in our busy lives.

I was also able to give a trunk show and talk to share some of my quilts and my journey in quilting. I am so grateful to have been invited to speak!


Photo via UCMQG

The retreat was planned and organized by the four amazing women pictured above: from left to right, Pamela, Kristin, JoyLyn, and Anna. They thought of every detail: every person attending felt looked after and pampered. Pamela, her sister, her mom, and her aunt catered the gourmet menu.


  
On the top floor of the cabin was a large room with beautiful windows and mountain views. We were able to sew and visit up in this spacious room all hours of the day and night! I so appreciated being to visit with long-time friends and new friends while sewing.



 If you ever get a chance to attend this retreat, just go...make whatever plans you need to!



 While I was there I had to make my next mini quilt...Camille's mini-dwell. I'll show another photo as soon as I get it bound.


I also worked on what I think is one of my oldest works in progress...a braid quilt using 1 1/2" Fig Tree fabrics. This one should be finished up soon, too!



And, I continued working on my string blocks...I really am going to have a string quilt one of these days!

Thanks so very much for stopping by. I'll get the Schnibbles parade up sometime tomorrow afternoon if you've been patiently waiting for that!  Happy sewing!




20 comments:

Heather said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend. Attending a retreat is definitely one of the things I'd love to do.

Jeanna said...

A beautiful location for a quilt retreat. You made some nice progress on your projects. Love the mini-dwell piece. It will be adorable when you finish it.

Kristen King said...

What a beautiful place to sew...and what beautiful things you worked on. :)

Nedra said...

What a fun time! So glad you were able to go with Jodi, too. Look at all that Utah snow!

Missy Shay said...

You got a lot accomplished, I just finished my first string quilt, it was fun!

grammajudyb said...

What a beautiful place for a retreat! Thanks for sharing all the photos. Looks like it was loads of fun!

Cardygirl said...

Looks like an amazing place to stitch!

Kim said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend.

Fran said...

What a fabulous weekend, it looks wonderful. I love all those projects you are working on, each one is in my to do list.... Are those braid quilts hard? Your strips are so thin, I would worry about warping the fabric - which I did recently trying a more straightforward ladder with narrow strips!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- it sounds perfect! The pictures I've seen of the lodge look amazing. And the mountains and the snow -- my idea of Heaven!!!

Diane said...

Your string quilt is going to be lovely! I love the colors, the bit of navy is perfect!

tamidug said...

It was so nice to meet you at Quilt Bliss and see your trunk show and here your story. You are an amazing quiltmaker and your photos of the retreat really captured the feeling of the retreat. You inspire me!!

Tami

Helen L said...

How fun!! Thanks for sharing with us!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

pandchintz said...

That looks like quilters' heaven! Bliss!!

Michelle Jensen said...

The pics are great to check out. It looks like a wonderful place to have a retreat!! I bet you had a blast sewing all weekend :)

KMSC said...

What a wonderful retreat with some great guest speakers! I wish I lived closer. Also, congratulations on having a cover quilt on the latest issue of APQ. Well Done!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful lodge -- love the name too. I can think of nothing better than gathering with quilters/friends to sew, feast, and have fun.

Michele said...

Wow! That all sounds fantastic and the setting couldn't be more beautiful. I just wish it wasn't so far from me.

Paula Hughes said...

It looks so beautiful! and fun!!! Maybe next year:) Thanks for letting us have a peek!

Sarah said...

What a beautiful setting for a retreat. So many bloggers I follow seem to have gone. It looks like a lot of fun. Your string blocks look great. I love your inclusion of navy in them.

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