Monday, May 6, 2013

Stitching Retreat!

Just returned from a wonderful long weekend at the Pacific Ocean!
It was sunny and warm the whole time---that is a miracle!
Every year at this retreat it is usually cold, windy and raining sideways!
This year was the opposite.  I was able to walk along the ocean and admire the natural efficiency of seagulls in eating the stranded crabs and clams when the tide goes out.
Sand dollars galore and I haven't even talked about the stitching :)
 

There were 8 of us sharing this modest house (5 bedrooms).  This was taken in the early morning hours (6:30 am).  You can see a peek of the ocean behind.


Here is the view from our patio doors leading to the back yard.  The sound of the waves coming in was surprisingly loud. There were wild strawberries growing in the grass.


Here is a look at our stitching room. Unfortunately no windows looking out to the ocean so I took regular breaks to enjoy the unusually fine weather.
We were joined by 2 sisters from California and one really long distance stitcher from South Carolina.


I am proud of myself for adding very little to my stash.  Above is my little tray commemorating this weekend.  And below are the only other purchases I made.



Finish #1 for the weekend.  It is a quilt block for the Crabapple Hill Gardener's Alphabet quilt.


Finish #2.  It is the first free quilt block from the 2013 Girls Own Stitching Club by Australian designer Red Brolly.


Finish #3 is the Hornbook Needlebook by Her Own Work


Start #1- Snowed In ornament by Stacy Nash


WIP Blackbird Designs Flowers for Sarah Needlecase
 
We held an auction for a local hospice charity.  We had a sales table.  And, most importantly, we had show and tell!
For your viewing pleasure, here are some of the items shared--























What a talented bunch of stitchers.
But I am so glad to be home!
(I already paid my deposit for next years retreat :)

20 comments:

Phyllis said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Where is the retreat held? Probably too far from Arkansas! :)

Laura said...

A stitching retreat and the ocean!!! How fabulous! So glad you had good weather and tons of fun!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

A retreat and the ocean all wrapped up for one fun weekend. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Kaisievic said...

Where was the retreat held? You achieved so much and such great pieces you have shown us. I particularly like the Halloween piece.

Vicky L said...

What a great place for a retreat! Beautiful stitching by everyone. Your finishes are lovely.

Margaret said...

Looks like a wonderful time! And I love the setting -- who can resist the ocean!

Barb said...

Looks great! You could not have had better weather!!!

Faye said...

Oh what fun!!!!!

Annette-California said...

Looks like fun! And with the ocean so close - beautiful. love Annette

Mii Stitch said...

What a great post! Looks like you all had a lovely time & ready for next year :D

cucki said...

Aww so much fun..I am so far away..I wish I can come too..
Big hugs x

Carol said...

Looks like a great retreat--nothing like stitching by the sea :)

Lorrie said...

When we were stationed at McChord AFB we had squadron weekends at Pacific Beach. Really is a lovely area. Great progress on your projects and loved the show and tell pics.

Brigitte said...

A great get-together at a great place with some great show and tell - perfect!

Sherry said...

What fun! I really wish we had a guild around here. Love all the eye candy! I have been seriously thinking about subbing to Primitive Quilts and Projects.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lucky you! Aren't retreats just refreshing and invigorating?

Giovanna said...

Looks like a wonderful place to go to for a stitching retreat - glad you had a good time, and the stitching is wonderful.

KimM said...

WOW! Looks like it was a great time - and very productive.

Anne said...

Wow! Looks like it was a fabulous retreat! Love the photos of all the projects you've started. The pieces for the auction are stunning! I bet they sold quickly!!

SoCal Debbie said...

What a fabulous place for a stitchy retreat! The show and tell pieces are wonderful! Where in California is this?