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Friday, December 8, 2017

My first quilt retreat

 This week I went on my first quilting retreat with my quilting group that meets every week.
We were there from Monday to Wednesday.
It was a wonderful experience and we are planning another retreat next year.
I finished this Christmas mug rug today.   I started it at the retreat on my old sewing machine and the walking foot was not behaving so I had to finish this at home on my other Bernina.
 Here are just a few of the things I was working on at the retreat.  I started a small little book that has memories from the retreat.  All of my friends decorated a page and I am adding their photos and other things to the book now.  I used some sewing and Christmas stamps, markers, stencils, etc to make it fun!  AND some of them added little pieces of fabric to the book........so fun!!
 I took some of my journals and did doodles, lettering, etc.  I ordered the 72 Inktense pencils and I added the number and name and color of each in one of my journals.  I will be doing this same thing on fabric too.
 We were at Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Cener in Temecula.  It has a very quiet and relaxed atmosphere with lots of space and great light.  We each worked on our own projects from morning till bedtime!  AND the food was exceptional.  Photos of one breakfast and one evening meal.

Weight Watcher Lifestyle
The new WW program started this week while I was on the retreat.  I wasn't worried about following the program because the app on my phone tells me the changes in points.  It was easy to fall right into the new program and I love it so far.  I lose weight very...very slowly and I am already losing weight this week after eating such wonderful delicious meals at a retreat!!
Anyone else on WW having any reactions to this new plan??

Linking to finish it up Friday and Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl


  1. Your little memory book from the retreat sounds wonderful!! What do you plan to use your inktense pencils for? Project in mind? I hear good things about them, but do not own them.

    1. Thanks for commenting Vicki! About the inktense pencils....I will be experimenting on watercolor paper with stamped images and then FMQ on fabric. I like that they dry permanent and the colors are so awesome!

  2. Congrats! on your first Quilt Retreat. May it be the first of many! I would like a clearer look at that fabric page in your memory book. It looks SEW interesting!

    1. Thanks for commenting. I haven't finished my little book yet and I might show some of the pages later.

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