Our annual guild retreat was held during the second week of February. We had a truly wonderful time. There were 25 of us. A good number.
I wish I had taken more photos of our work room (aka sweat shop!). We stay at the Dry Creek Inn Best Western in Healdsburg. It is a very nice hotel with great amenities and employees. This is the 5th or 6th year we have been here and we love it. Our workroom is a large conference room (above). Each person has a long table to work on. They provide irons and ironing boards, and there is always coffee, tea, and water available.
A lot of great work gets done here, like this beautiful quilt above with purples and blues. Lots of Harmony Art fabrics!
Here's a great triangle quilt top.
We even had live entertainment! One of our quilters brought her guitar and played/sang wonderful music for us during our nightly happy hour. Another quilter brought her ukulele and she provided us with lovely music, too.
I like this deceptively simple quilt with square patches, offset by uneven rail fence blocks.
Here's a real stunner. Three-dimensional flours cascading down this beautiful quilt.
Here is some of what I worked on. These are patches made with my father's shirts. I was playing around with placing them on point on my design wall, just to see how it would work.
And I think this is the best idea I have ever had! I asked every participant to bring two four-patch blocks with them, made with red, white, and/or blue fabric. Each of the four squares measured 6" square to start with. After we got to the retreat I gave them directions of make a disappearing four-patch. Now they will all be put together to make a Quilt of Valor. The above photo shows just some of the blocks made, but we have 49 altogether. That will make a quilt top 6 blocks by 8 blocks, plus one on the back for the label.