This weekend was the debut of my new pattern series, Love & Valor. What better way to debut them than at a quilt retreat? I was scheduled to speak at Camp Wyoming for the Calico Cut Ups on Friday night. The camp is church run, but is available for rent to the public. It's a wonderful facility in NE Iowa out in the peace and quiet of the woods. We stayed in the Owl's Nest Lodge. I got there around 2PM so I had time to get to know the ladies before my presentation at 7PM. What a great group. There were two mother/daughter combos and a pair of sisters among them. Meals were provided for us in another building a half mile away. Most of us chose to take a leisurely walk there. The cooks were excellent. By the time I set up my display and changed into my Civil War garb, everyone was feeling quite relaxed and at home lounging on couches and comfy chairs. It was like speaking at a slumber party. We had a really good time.I ended the program with the debut of the new quilts and was pleased with their reaction. After a shopping frenzy between 10 and 11 PM, the ladies drifted back to their sewing machines. There were a lot of quilts being sewn at that retreat. I headed to bed around midnight (we each had a private room) as did a few others. I think the rest of them gave up by 1-1:30AM. We were all up and ready to walk to breakfast by 8 AM. Pancakes and sausages were a great way to start the day. When we got back to the Owl's Nest Lodge, I gave a last call for shopping, packed up the General, took a group photo, and we were off to sell L&V patterns to quilt shops in the area.
The Calico Cut Ups in front of the Owl's Nest Lodge...
I finally made it home Saturday evening around 6PM, tired but happy. Randy was on a weekend bike ride in Peoria, Illinois, so I was on my own. I unloaded the General and put everything away even though I was tempted to put it off till Sunday. I did my bookwork and had thought I would get some sewing done, but I fell asleep in my chair! I roused around midnight and went to bed.
I never did post any of the pictures I took at the Meeks Mansion in Bonaparte with my L&V quilts. If you visit my etsy shop, (click the etsy button on the right side of my blog) you will see the new patterns and some of the pictures I took there. Here are a few of them...
Baby Kitty's Quilt...
Well, I'm going to close for now. I promised myself I'd get some sewing done tonight. Since I've passed the two hundred mark in Followers, I'm planning a giveaway. I am deciding what it will be. Come back soon and I'll post the details.
Machine Quilting and Robert Frost
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