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!