June 20, 2013

We had a retreat!!

**If you also read the DCMQG blog, some of this material will be the same as a recent post I made over there. Sorry for the duplication! :)

This past weekend was the first ever DC Modern Quilt Guild Retreat. Some members were able to come for a few hours and others were able to come for the entire three days - but I think we can all agree that we had a blast!! It is always so much fun to catch up with friends, stitch together, and talk about quilts.

I was fortunate enough to host the retreat at my house - a fraternity house at the local university. It was so much fun to share my amazing quilting space with others! Definitely not the kind of all-night party one would stereotypically think of in a frat house, but the location worked well. Retreat go-ers took turns preparing meals in the large industrial kitchen. This was a great way to get to know members of the guild and keep costs down. 

A group of people worked on Noodlehead's Super Tote on Saturday as part of a sew-along. I can't believe I don't have a photo of the finished projects! (Gah! There was just so much going on!) There was a "secret sewer" activity throughout the weekend where retreaters would leave gifts for their secret partner. It was so much fun to see what gifts people were given!! Handmade presents truly are the best! ...well, maybe right after fabric

Since I hosted the retreat I did not participate in Secret Sewers. Thanks to Linda I still got to walk away from the retreat with lots of fun and amazing hostess gifts from retreaters. Thanks Linda!

We lucked out and had great weather all weekend! Some people went on walks or runs on local trails and streets. Others enjoyed the beauty by sitting on the porch and flipping through quilting books and magazines. We were even able to eat all of our meals at picnic tables behind the house!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who was able to come to the retreat and provide so much positive energy! Even though I didn't get much sewing done, I had a great time and I hope that you did as well! 

Did you have to miss this retreat? Don't worry! I will start thinking up ideas for an upcoming retreat. Please let me know if you have any ideas and suggestions for locations or activities for upcoming retreats. I think this was such an enjoyable weekend that we must continue to do these getaways in the future! 


  1. What a great way to get a lot of work done, learn from each other, and socialize--all in the same weekend. I look forward to hearing about the next retreat!

  2. Looks like a fabulous time! Love going on retreat!

  3. You did a wonderful job hostessing the retreat. I read that it was in a frat house in the Modern Quilts magazine article and just had to find out more. We're planning our guild's 2nd annual, researching venues but nothing so inventive.