I returned home from the Crazy Quilt International's Retreat near Kansas City, MO yesterday. There was so much talent there and such nice ladies. They made me feel so welcome and after just a few days I felt like I had know several of them for years. I am still recovering and playing catch-up at home so this is mostly photos from the retreat. I think there were about five of us attending this retreat for the first time and about as many that have attended since their retreats began.
Above is my roomy, another Connie (Kalina). She was so much fun. She has attended every retreat this group has had. (She is the 'evil' Connie though so if you happen to know her don't let her tell you otherwise). The piece she is holding is of her female ancestors and was stunning.
Above shows the International blocks the group had worked on. They too were amazing and as you can see received a lot of attention and close viewing. So much detail!
This was a class in progress and obviously an interesting one by the attention the instructor is receiving. Several mini classes were offered free throughout the retreat.
This is Cathy who created a beautiful block for Pamela Kellogg's 2015 CQ Calendar. Cathy is also the one who (tried) to keep us in line and informed throughout the retreat.
Activities other than mini sessions included introductions/orientation, show and tell, gift exchange and a stash swap. Vendors within the group had tables of luscious supplies set up that we could purchase and many (if not all?) of them contributed to a gift bag of goodies we each got to bring home with us.
Photos of my stash dash, purchases, and gifts or handouts are shown below...
The box and some of the supplies inside are from the gift exchange. When I got home I organized all my trims, fibers, beads/buttons, silkies, laces etc. inside the handy and pretty box.
Thankfully I can say I did not come home with near as much fabric as I contributed for the stash dash!
I am determined to do something with all the goodies and not let them just sit around unused. My first retreat was a very positive experience and I hope to participate in more in the future. A special 'Thank You' to all the CQI stitchers for making me feel welcome!