Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Retreat Quilt

Virtual Retreat Quilt
Buttoned Up
Isobel Meekins

The retreat, both virtual and real, is over.  Those that were gathered at Capon Springs in Virginia are on their way home while those of us who were retreating from their home are thinking of them.
This was the first virtual quilt retreat that I've attended and there are a number of reasons why I would do it again.  It was held over four days so  those us who had to deal with day to day situations were still able to be involved even if it wasn't every day all the time.  This is a big plus for me (as I am sure it is for many others) as weekends, if they are held then, already have scheduled activities.  I do my laundry on Saturday because of the cheaper hydro rates.  On Sunday, I go to church and we often have company after.
I also liked that this retreat was held in conjunction with a real one so we were able to see the food, the participants working, completed projects etc. just as though we were there. Not everyone is able to go to a physical location for a number of reasons so a virtual one includes everyone in the fun.
This retreat was sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine ( and was another of the activities they hold for subscribers.  The publishers of this magazine really go out of their way to make their supporters feel they are part of the TQPM family.
The pattern for this quilt was given to all attendees.  I am thinking that I might hand quilt it but will let it hang on the wall where I can look at it and think about it for a while. There were also a number of door prizes.  I won one much to my surprise.  I figured it was for the person who wrote the longest posts.
I am sure my husband is glad to have me mentally back home.  He is a wonderfully understanding man so I didn't push it by expecting him to provide me with meals and take came of the household chores while I was 'at retreat'.



  1. Thank you so much for participating in our retreat, Anna. It was an absolute delight to chat with you and share in your quilting experience through the virtual retreat. Your quilt is FABULOUS!

  2. Anna, I love the way your quilt turned out. Can't wait to see how you decide to quilt it, either by hand or machine. Although I was only able to participate for a couple of days, (due to a business trip), I also had a good time chatting with everyone and seeing all the photos taken at the retreat as well as watching the progress of those who were also there virtually.
    Nancy Noah (aka: Cat Lady)

  3. Anna,
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about the retreat. I had hoped to go, but again life situations sometimes get in the way. I was delighted to retreat "virtually" as I actually felt I was part of the activities and part of the fun. There was also a wonderful fellowship shared by all the virtual retreaters and it is nice to get more acquainted with our readers. I feel as if I have made some new friends.
    I love your quilt and I also love hand quilting so will be curious to see what you decided to do. The cooler weather is coming so it would be good to curl under and hand quilt on some of those cold nights.
    Thank you again for writing about our wonderful retreat and for attending virtually. You added a lot to our group!