The Best Ever.

That’s what the LAMQG 1st annual quilting retreat was.  Seriously.  The. Best. Ever.  We had so much fun!

First off – 18 inches of snow fell while we were there.  That’s a whole lotta snow.  Amazing that this is only an hour and a half outside of sunny Los Angeles!

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Those are the cars we drove up in. And we stayed up in those cute lil’ cabins.

We dealt with one vehicular mishap, but all ended ok and while there was some trudging around in the snow to get places, everyone was warm, inside and sewing, sewing, sewing for most of the time.

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We were in such a great space! We even had a big cozy fireplace that we all gathered around the whole weekend.

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The knitting nook was also quite active through out!

The women I’ve met in the LAMQG have become irreplaceable to me. I’ve made so many friends who I am certain I will still be sewing and laughing with when we are old cranky quilting ladies. This has added to my life immeasurably and I’m so, so thankful for what we’ve created here with The MQG.  I read on blogs that lots of you are having similar experiences in your local Modern Quilt Guilds and that makes me so happy. We’ve started something really great here.

Anyhow, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I could have… but you know what happened just as much as quilting? Chatting. Lots and lots and lots of chatting.

We all could have stayed for longer! And next year we will.

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Many more photos here.

Spring Market MQG meetup!

Any of you going to Spring Market in Salt Lake City?

If so, be sure to join us at The Modern Quilt Guild meet up!

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Friday May 13th at 8:00 PM
at the Marriott’s Destinations Lounge

Hope to meet some of you there!

 

LAMQG Retreat

I’m headed out for the weekend to the 1st annual LAMQG retreat!

Retreat stuff

There’s no packing lightly for these things, is there??

I’ve never been on a quilting retreat but I suspect that lots of good times are ahead. Here’s what I do know: the (100% self-appointed) Cocktail Committee has invented a drink they have named The Seam Ripper. Do you think that other guilds invent themed cocktails for their retreats?

Fabric inspiration.

I am loving these Kaffe Fassett woven strips right now.

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Mixed with some Carolina Chambray blues.  Something good is going to come from this… I can feel it! 

Happy weekend everyone!

Visiting the Kansas City MQG

Last week was filled with MQG meetings for me!  On Thursday I headed away from this…

LA

… to this in order to give a talk to the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.

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The cold and snow were well worth it though because it was really great to hit up the meeting and see that they are having just as much fun as we are in LA.  And there are so many people at their meetings!

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The talk was really fun to give.  A huge thanks to the KCMQG for being so warm and welcoming!

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Additionally, it was truly wonderful to get a chance to meet and get to know Jacquie.  We’ve been blogging friends for a long time, so meeting in person was a ball! Lots of late nights chatting about quilts over wine – what could be better??

We’ll be catching up again soon since she’s coming to talk to us here in LA in March!

And one last photo of an amazing sunset at her house… so so beautiful!

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