This year seventeen quilters couldn’t wait to arrive and unpack at the Hidden Acres Retreat Centre just north of Shakespeare on April 5th to 8th, 2016. The excitement began when the entire group invaded E & E’s Fabric Store in Newton, Ontario in route to the camp. You could feel the anticipation in the air. The four new campers Johanna, Theresa, Marilyn and Bobbi were welcomed with hugs and had no idea what was in store for them.
The group was warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and our awesome cook, Amanda who prepared delicious lunches and dinners during our stay. After setting up 17 machines, a design wall plus ironing and cutting stations, lunch was enjoyed. Tuesday afternoon was a perfect day for sewing in the big sunny common room. The laughter was contagious.
Wednesday morning, the group awoke to several inches of snow covering the campsite and vehicles. By afternoon the weather settled and the happy quilter’s car pooled to “The Quilt Place” in Shakespeare, “Heart N Home Creations” and a brand new store which had just opened the day before called “Quilting By Design” in New Hamburg. Yes, the secret is out! We don’t sew 100% of the time as all quilter’s need to replenish their stash of fabrics, needles and threads.
Tonie, the machine quilting diva, encouraged many of us to try doodling feathers in preparation for the guild machine quilting course in May, after watching several you-tube videos one evening. Her motto for the week was “You can do it”…. and many did. The best memory of 2016 was Nina doing the happy dance after finally completing her queen size Stack and Whack Fan Quilt. (This project had attended the 1st retreat in 2013.) Glenna spent most of her time cutting and labelling endless colours for her Jinny Beyer’s Summer Lily Quilt. The campers are sure to see this back at retreat for the next few years unless the Paragon/turkey makes a return visit to Glenna’s table instead. Marilyn and Catherine both worked quietly and patiently on a Judy Niemeyer Seasonal Table Runner Pattern. A mini tutorial of how to make the Self-binding Baby Blanket was lead by Cathy. Bobbi was so intrigued by Rob Appell’s Strip Surprise video that she worked all night completing her 12 blocks. Everyone sewed, we laughed, we shared tips and ideas and laughed some more. The bonus was getting just getting to know each other as friends. Special thanks to Tonie for organizing this event. Save the 1st week in April 2017 for the 5th Anniversary of the New Millennium Quilters’ Guild Retreat. Quilting is about getting together and helping each other, sharing life, cheering one another on through good times and bad. It’s the friends you meet on the path that makes your quilting journey worthwhile. Karen