Monday, March 9, 2009

Feb 2009 Retreat a Big Success

The weekend was really nice. The weather was rainy, but not too cold. Sat. night the water was out for 2 hours, but by midnight it was back on. We had several new faces and friends (17). Tommy, Elaine, and Robbie all brought friends, and Sara Leblanc, who came to the Jan. guild meeting. She came with her daughter who beads. At the last minute, Tracy Gallagher, a lady Beth met at Pam French's retreat center, joined us too. They all enjoyed it and hopes that we will have space in future retreats for them! I collected money from everybody. The Retreat Center said they will call me with a total numbers, and bill us (me). They did not want any money this weekend. We obviously have a good reputation with them. As you wanted, I plan to ask them about the possibility of setting a future "annual" River City retreat. I asked around and the majority felt 1st Sat. (weekend) in Feb. would be better than 2nd or 3rd. The next runner up was 2nd Sat. (weekend) like we just had because Mardi Gras will interfere with 3rd weekend. Please let me know your preference.

We all have projects to show at the March meeting. I finished one UFO and have another close to completion. Thelma finished a UFO. Margie put together an entire double Irish chain quilt, finished her batik/black border top, and started a paper pieced Mariner's compass. Kathy made some cute place mats for her two nieces. Several of us made the pin cushion/snippet holders. The directions were pitiful, but with wonderful help Beth and Norma, we were able to complete them. Beth also made an amazing top with a collection of black/white squares surrounded by turquoise blue for her daughter. Charlene worked on tops with scrappy pinwheels, and Norma was battling a complex "Louisiana" block. Joni put together another black/white collection mixed in with red/black blocks. Elaine must have made 500 half square triangles for a beautiful scrap quilt and Robbie made bear paw blocks with the center square as a fussy cut brown bear.

A special thanks to Thelma Berg and Terry Buchanan for donating door prizes at our retreat.
Next Retreat is set for Sep. 4th. Interested?? Talk to me, Cynthia McGee (h) 665‑8720 (c) 921‑3544

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