Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bento Boxes, Love Squares and Pioneer Woman

What do these 3 things have in common??
They were a running theme to Retreat 2010.
Oh, to condense a 4 day quilt retreat into a post.......

I know I'm getting older.

I use to be able to wax poetic for days................
Now, I just wax my upper lip.

Thankfully, Corrie actually took out her camera and used it for what it was made for.....
....making memories.
My camera sat in the bag I packed it in and I just barely pulled it out and said,
"Hello, I'm sorry I ignored you at the party."
We're not gamblers but we hit the jackpot in Bear Lake, Idaho!!!

A cabin in the wilderness solely created for quilters.

Hey! That's us!!
Rooms filled with Ott Lights and cutting mats.

Irons waiting to press 500- 2 inch triangle squares.

A whole room dedicated to DESIGN.

We were able to hang up all our goodies and stand back and admire our work.

Let's all just admire my spider web for moment.

Thank you. Now back to your regularly scheduled post.

We tumbled and tumbled with the new Accuquilt.

We now have a new item for Santa's list.

Did you know you can get 2 tumblers out of a layer cake square?

A little Cluck Cluck Sew Pillow by Stitchy Poo.

This year's block exchange was a Modified Bento Box I saw on Film in the Fridge.

The theme was blues and greens.
We each made 9 and then exchanged with one another.

Leela and Stitchy poo always over achieve and make more blocks and then actually finish their quilt AT the quilt retreat. Imagine the possibilities.
Some of us are still thinking about the block exchange from 2006.

I feel rejuvenated and ready to attack my UFO pile again.

I have many undone projects still waiting for attention.
Maybe they'll get some attention at the 2011 retreat.


  1. Wow! I love that design room! The Modified Bento Box quilts are going to be fabulous in those pretty shades - I too made a quilt from Ashley's (Film in the Fridge) pattern last year 'cos I loved it as soon as I saw it.

  2. SOOOO many beautiful projects! What a cool place you were at too. That's new for your retreat, right?? NICE find!!
    Is that Dream On quilt one of the fast jelly roll quilts?? Wondering how the randomness of it goes...really you just pull the strips off the roll and no thought to placement??
    Love the Bento Box blocks AND the tumblers.

  3. oh look! my spiderweb quilt! thank you so much des!
    looks like you had a great time! just returned home from vacation with the family...some fabric shopping, but alas, no sewing!

  4. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed looking at all these yummy projects! It was a balm to a sore spirit, let me tell you!

    How awesome to have such a place prepared just for you and your beautiful friends. I'm so glad you enjoyed and this year was just as good as last year for eye candy!

  5. WOW, this looks like an amazing time! I love all the various're all so talented. I just need a tumbler block and an accuquilt cutter and I"ll be set to join you. =)

  6. I love the Bento Box! All those quilts look wonderful!!!

  7. The quilts are so gorgeous, it looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  8. Oh my gosh, but it looks like you had fun. I want that design room!!! Look how many projects you could work on at the same time!

  9. I love bear lake. What a fabulous place for an amazing adventure!

  10. Oh, I want to go to a retreat there! That place sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful quilts you guys made ~ beautiful!!

  11. Wow! I am in awe of that cabin . . . and all of the gorgeous quilts you guys got made!

  12. This place looks like a quilters dream come true. I would never,ever want to leave--ever! The design room is beautiful and the Ott lights everywhere--OH my:)

    The bento boxes are so yummy! And that pillow I may have to try to make in the future!

  13. Oh my gosh I love it all but that design wall - fantastic!

  14. i thoroughly enjoyed your post for mme. samm! what fun! if i were stronger, i'd love to do things like that ,too. i do enjoy quilting and quilting blogs ... i'm one of your new followers.