Friday, May 1, 2009

Lazy Days of Spring

In appreciation of ten years of quilt retreats at Casowasco Grace McQueen and others made this wall hanging for the new dining hall. Some of the blocks are painted and others are pieced. Several are photos transfered to fabric. There is a big label on the back signed by all of us at this April 2009 retreat.
This April we had different accomodations because Emmaus Commons is being renovated, rebuilt and enlarged in order for 400 campers to dine at one time. We sewed in Bethany Lodge's lounge area instead of Foster, which was used as a dining area. We slept in Bethany's bedrooms. It worked out very well for all of us.
Casowasco has a new food director. He delighted us with a wonderful Butternut Squash Bisque for Saturday lunch. I could have licked my bowl clean. It was delicious. On Saturday night we had Apple Smoked Pork Loin. That was another treat.
The weather was beautiful. We all declared that this was the best April retreat we've been to.
The second picture shows Grace's innovation in making a One Block Wonder Quilt. She said she only had a small amount of fabric so she used red blocks to complete the wall hanging. Grace is an artist and also sews clothing. Her clothing show her creativity.
One time she told us about many years ago she had two brown bags on the counter. She was going off to teach a class to make bras and panties. Her husband went out the door with his lunch. He was greatly surprised at lunch time to find his bag contained a red bra and panties she was using for a model.
Tomorrow I'm going out to the Hawleyton Methodist Church for a quilt show by Common Threads Guild. I get so excited about going to quilt shows. They don't have to be big ones. I love guild shows. I am always amazed at the talent we have locally.
Looking forward to being amazed again,


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