Friday, January 31, 2014

A Wonderful Retreat

Great Girlfriend Getaway, St. Augustine, Florida Retreat

Pam Buda and I just missed the ice and snow in Atlanta driving home from our Florida retreat. We both had a wonderful time sharing our quilts and quilting techniques and spending time with this great bunch of women. The weather cooperated with beautiful 70 degree days when we arrived, then cooled off to more normal winter temps of 40-50 later in the week. What did we care - we were stitching away in cozy comfort.
Across the street from our Hilton home base.

The quilters were flying through their Windmills on the Plains pinwheel blocks
using my easy layered patchwork technique.
Windmills on the Plains

New! Assorted Tan Precuts by KTQ

 Many of the quilters opted to make this 48" square wall quilt into a lap quilt by adding just a few ingredients. With KT's new assorted tan Jelly Rolls, it's a snap! We chose (20) of our favorite tan tone-on-tones and prints and assembled them into pinked edge Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs. They're perfect for adding to a project to enlarge it since they match Moda's precut edges. A KT exclusive, now available on our website at KT Tan Precuts.



Pam and I are already busy working on our next retreat in Mackinaw City, MI in September. Check out the details at GGG Mackinaw City, MI Retreat at ktquilts.com. Sign ups are coming in fast so grab your girlfriends and call today! Be sure to plan an extra day or two to explore historic Mackinaw Island via ferry.

Giveaways

Mrs. H, formerly from Kansas is our winner this week of the stack of Sweet Pea scraps. Congrats! Email your mailing address to lynne@ktquilts.com.

For this week's giveaway, how about trying out our tan precuts? Who'd like to play with 20 tan charm and mini charm squares? Comment here by Thursday, Feb. 6th on what you love best about quilting retreats. Never been on a quilting retreat? Promise to treat yourself soon.




68 comments:

  1. Spending time with fellow quilters. Of course sewing, sewing, sewing.

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  2. I have never been to one, but I think going to a retreat in a warm state like Florida, sounds like a nice way to get out of this cold and quilt with new friends.

    Debbie

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  3. I love having undivided time to work on my quilting projects. I like to take some of my UFOs to finish at retreats. Somehow, the company of other quilters spurs me on to finish the projects.

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  4. It was great to get to know quilters from all over the country! Glad you made it home safely.

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  5. I haven't been to an actual "retreat" but went to spend the weekend with several quilting friends in Chicago on several occasions. We sewed and went to a quilt show which was very fun!

    Sandy A

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  6. Quilt retreats are a special time to get together with friends, laugh and talk, sew to your hearts content, play silly games, and exchange ideas. The best part is having someone else cook and clean up! Guess where I'll be next week!

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  7. Oh dreamy retreats! O love retreats, I start thinking about the next one as I finish one.....& I only go to one a year! A year is a LONG time for a gal to wait!

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  8. I've never been on a retreat or even taken a class. My sewing time is when the kids are at school.

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  9. Time with friends and large blocks of time to sew. I call the 3 day quilt camps at my LQS my retreats-love them.

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  10. Three friends and I rented a cabin in Tahoe...does that count as a retreat? It was great fun, lots of sewing and wonderful time spent with great friends.

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  11. I've never been to a retreat, but I have had a wonderful time with my BFF who lives 1,000 miles away.. We make our own retreat :-)

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  12. I am a new quilter and have never been on a retreat. They sound like so much fun and I would love to go to one some day. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. I have given it some thought... a time to sew, sew, sew with no interruptions & fun with friends,making new ones & learning along the way. What a wonderful idea to come up with cream/tan je;;y ro;;s and charm packs. I LoVe sewing with "your line". Thanks M.

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  14. I am addicted to quilting, when not working you will find me in my sewing room or at my long arm. I have never been on a retreat, but it's on my bucket list for this year. I love love love your fabrics, your fabrics are sew me!

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  15. I've never been on a retreat but I would LOVE to go! I wish I could have gone to the St. Augustine retreat---looks like it was a lot of fun!

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  16. I have not done a retreat before! The MI one sounds great! thanks!

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  17. Hi,
    I would love to win the beautiful fabric. I was at the Retreat in Fl and had a wonderful time. Your fabric is so beautiful. My last quilt was with Kansas Troubles.
    xo
    Stephanie Tarver
    Texas

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  18. Retreats sound like such a wonderful, productive get-together. The idea is on my ever growing bucket list. And I love the thought of your new precuts. I never seem to have enough neutrals. Can't wait to find them in out shops.

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    1. FYI: The tan precuts are a KT exclusive which means you can only purchase them from us. The added expense of having existing fabrics cut makes it impossible for us to offer them to shops wholesale. Please check them out on our website at ktquilts.com.

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  19. I've never been on a retreat. I read so many wonderful things about them on blogs, I clearly have to give it a try.

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  20. What would be more wonderful than sharing the love of quilting at a retreat. My heart is set on one day being able to attend one. Glad to hear you travelled safely.

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  21. I LOVE retreats! I can be myself and act silly or be serious...I always take a project that I am struggling with. There is always some people there that help me with it. I rarely pass up a retreat!
    Mary

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  22. I love the sewing, the laughter, the food, and learning from so many talented ladies! There are as many ways to quilt as there are creative minds to invision them.

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  23. New ideas and sharing with fellow quilters.

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  24. I have not been on a retreat, but I love play days at my LQS. Being with fellow quilters...laughing, sewing, and enjoying delicious food is a perfect day.

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  25. I like to laugh, eat, sew and forget about everyday schedules.
    Love how you've grouped such a great collection of tan fabrics!
    Barb

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  26. I have never been on a retreat. It sounds like a wonderful learning experience and a lot of fun. A must do!!

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  27. I have never been on a retreat but I think it would be great way to meet people. The idea of getting away during the Winter to some place warm and quilting would be awesome. going in the Fall to some place new and seeing their scenery and quilting would also be great.

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  28. My favorite part of a retreat is escaping cooking duty back home--lol! So many things to love--laughing with friends, getting new ideas, sharing sewing tips and trying out all the treats! I do Three retreats a year and they are always a blast!

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  29. Quilting retreats sound like so much fun! I haven't been able to go to one, but I would love to m

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  30. Looks like everyone is having a great time. I would love to have the opportunity to use up your recut tans. Love all of your fabric.

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  31. I'd love to win your fabric. Have never been on a retreat but sounds like fun. I am lucky to be able to "retreat" into my sewing room every day to work on my many projects.

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  32. I have never been on a retreat, but I think just being with other quilters would be a blast.

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  33. I haven't been on a quilting retreat - yet! My friend and I are planning one soon! I can't wait!! Would love to get my hands on these fabric bundles! What a great idea! I just love ALL your fabric!! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  34. HI, have never been on a retreat,but would think it would be great! Quilters inspiring and sharing it's the best! Thanks for sharing!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  35. I love retreats because you get to meet with other quilters, see what they are doing, and get new perspectives on quilting techniques. All in all, a fun way to spend your time. I love the new tan pre-cuts--had to go and order some, but would still love a chance to win more.

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  36. I've only been on one retreat, and it was the general camaraderie and good will! Actually it was with all my on-line quilting buddies from one coast to the other, so it really was a blast - I had only met a handful face-to-face before. Looking forward to doing it again in October!!

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  37. I love the encouragement, help and inspiration that comes with a retreat! Getting to chat while sewing is such a treat...and the food is usually awesome!!!

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  38. Lynne, I'm not entering this giveaway...I just wanted to publicly say thank you for the Sweet Pea scraps.
    I emailed my address to you.

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  39. Meeting new people. Learning new ideas. Having fun and leaving the "worries" at home.

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  40. I have never had the pleasure of being on a quilting retreat. Sound slike alot of fun and a good way to meet new friends and learn more about quilting! Maybe someday! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  41. I've never been on a quilting retreat ... I'm so envious of those who have. Not that I need to get away in order to stitch (I'm an empty nester and my hubby tolerates my quilting obsession quite nicely) ... I'd love to make some quilting buddies!

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  42. What I love is the time spent with friends!

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  43. What is not to love about sewing with like-minded friends? Boy, I could really use those pre-cuts - my stash is very low on KT tans right now!

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  44. I met you Lynne, at a retreat in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Was wonderful spending the day working from your Loose Change book and making friends. I'd love to win the tans, seems I never have enough light colored squares to use in my projects!! Thanks for the chance. Bev Eckert

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  45. I have never been on a quilting retreat before. It would be lovely to get a way with a friend and spend a weekend sewing and making new friends. What a lovely fabric give away. I love all your neutrals.

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  46. Quilting retreats!!! What fun and will add this to my bucket list as I have never been. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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  47. I have never had the chance to go on a retreat, but do love the idea of sewing time uninterrupted by silly things like cooking and cleaning! lol! And the Tan pre-cuts? Something that has been on my fantasy wish list FOREVER! Whoever the winner is, They will be thrilled!

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  48. Quilting retreat is on my bucket list :) Due to elder fur-babies I must be patient....and the new 'tan' groups sound awesome!

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  49. A future quilt retreat is definitely on my bucket list! jmh

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  50. I've never been on a quilting retreat. Being a military wife and homeschool momma, going on one might have to wait just a few more years. But that is totally fine! I'm so blessed, and wouldn't change it for anything! :)

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  51. Several years ago a friend Marina and I spent a week away at a game lodge - not to look at the game - lion, elephant, hippo, zebra, and the rest - we'd seen them all before - but for me to finish hand quilting my very first quilt, and for her to complete and stitch together all the granny square crochet blocks for afghans for her daughter. What a wonderful week it was away from it all, and we both got our projects finished. Simply love your fabrics and lust after the tan precuts you are so generously giving away.
    Margaret

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  52. I absolutely LOVE quiling retreats. It's all about the sisterhood of quilters along with the great sewing time. (No cooking, cleaning, phone, etc) Actually, when my friend and I retreated at your retreat center was one of our best!

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  53. Getting together with friends is the best with uninterrupted sewing a close second. Visiting nearby quilt and antique shops is the icing on the cake.

    Charlotte S.

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  54. Just returned from a retreat in Cedar City, Ut. I love being with other quilters. It is so encouraging and fulfilling to be surrounded with others whose passions are so similar. I learn to much, I am rejuvenated.

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  55. I have never been on a retreat, but would love the uninterrupted time of sewing and working on my projects. Would really enjoy the jelly roll/charms of the tan fabrics! Lana

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  56. I get very distracted at retreats because I love looking at everyone's pincushions, machine pads, bags, and projects. And of course, then that all turns into conversations. Retreats are fun, and a wonderful source of inspiration. I would love to go to a large retreat sometime, so far the largest one had one hundred participants.

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  57. I loved the quilting retreat. It was my first and I learned so many new techniques and helpful hints. Lynn and Pam were the best!! St. Augustine is a beautiful retreat spot.

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  58. I absolutely love your patterns and fabrics. The tan precuts are just icing on the cake!

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  59. A quilting retreat sounds like a lot of fun. Think I should add that to my bucket list!

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  60. Definitely on my bucket list. The closest I have been is the Sew and Stitch expo in Washington, that was a lot of fun.

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  61. Getting ready to go to a retreat this weekend.....Love everything about them.....hours and hours of uninterrupted sewing time, spending time with people who share the passion for quilting....so much fun!! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  62. I have never had the opportunity to attend a retreat but would love to. I think the best part would be soaking up knowledge from the experienced quilters and of course the new friends I would make

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  64. love to play with them, thanks for the chance

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