Friday, August 9, 2013


Tell a non-quilter that you're going on a quilt retreat and they give you quite a puzzled look. Most think of praying when they hear the word retreat. And although there are plenty of prayers uttered {my grandmother always taught me to say a prayer before cutting}, if you've ever been on a quilt retreat you know just how amazing and restorative they can be.

We sew drinking our coffee in the morning until sipping our wine at night. In between there's yummy food, tears of laughter {often over the same old jokes} and tears of sadness as we experience the safe place to share our struggles. I've been retreating with the same group of friends for many years now and though not biologically, they are truly my sisters. My heart is filled with gratitude for each and every one of them.

And yes, I got some fun sewing done!

A fat quarter pack of Nordika transformed into a Garden Lattice quilt from my new book...

The July Lucky Stars block...

A new pincushion using this tutorial... 

home for my awesome, new "Little House" pins available here and here...

Four more "Fresh" blocks, giving me a total of 5... {pattern from Simply Retro}

Nine blocks to add to my Flying Geese Redbird Bee quilt...

And a final Good-bye to Kinderhook Lodge. You were fun!!

More pics from this year's retreat on Instagram... #kinderhook2013


  1. Sounds like a wonderful retreat and very inspirational based on all the wonderful creations you were able to produce.

  2. Wow. What a lovely group of projects! Your fabric choices are stellar.

  3. Beautiful!! How much fun and how hard you must have worked to accomplish all of that!!

  4. Oh my goodness, your projects are always such eye-candy to me, Cindy!! I'm going to go check out that pin-cushion tutorial right now. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What an excellent post! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration and for letting your readers know where to find the tutorials and patterns. Also, your new book looks beautiful; it's now on my to-buy list!

  6. Wow, Cindy! you got a lot done!!!! It all looks wonderful! Where is Kinderhook?

  7. Retreats are good for the soul. Looks like you did lots of super great work. Love it all. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

  8. Wow - what a lot of sewing you got done. What a fabulous time you must have had.

  9. Kinderhook is a wonderful place! We had our quilt camp there in June and I got so much done! It was so fun finding out about another group that "retreats" to our favorite spot.


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