This year we had some new faces at retreat. In fact, two of them were from close to my hometown. In fact one of them is the sister to my uncle’s neighbor. Isn’t that funny? It was nice to see new faces at retreat.
Now, to get on with this spring retreat. We did not have quite the shenanigans as we have had in previous years. Inez left early and we had some new faces sitting with us on the porch. Overall, I think everything went well.
We did have our moments of laughter, but this time around we did seem to be more industrious. Blanche brought me some fabric that matched my red for my rabbit quilt. I also made the executive decision that I just needed to finish it. Since we had been quilt shopping before I made this momentous decision, it warranted another trip to the quilt shop to get what was needed to finish it. Here is a picture. I will freely admit, that it is not the best work I have ever done. I say this because I started it nearly 10 years ago and my piecing has improved quite a bit since then. Suffice to say, that some things don’t match up quite perfectly. However, I am just going to go with it because I’ve waited too long for it to be done. So, here it is. The body of my rabbit quilt. Now I just need to find the right border print. In case you are wondering, the four corners are the symbols for spring, summer, fall, and winter.
We did share a few laughs – Hattie of course was in the thick of things. She had two choice comments: I love the smell of oil and gasoline on a man (because doesn’t everyone? ) and I’m good at digging out corns too. Unfortunately I did not make any notes regarding the context. I’m also not sure that I would like Hattie to dig out my corns, if I had any….
While shopping at one of the quilt stores, Sandra Dee decided that she loved the above rabbit quilt. We even searched on our phones for the panel I bought years ago. Believe it or not, we did find it. I’m not sure that Sandra Dee purchased it but Hazel and I exerted some peer pressure just in case she needed a push in that direction. However, she did find some gorgeous fabrics while we were out shopping and was entertaining using the same pattern I was with the fabrics she had purchased. Ultimately she opted to go in a different direction and created a beautiful quilt with them. At least she got the body of it done.
Of course with Sandra Dee and Hazel paper piecing had to come into play. Don’t worry, they did not begin any paper piecing patterns. At least not at this time. Sandra Dee was working with oriental fabrics on this new quilt. Sandra Dee also loves pandas. One of our new faces found a paper pieced panda pattern that Sandra Dee could put on the back of her quilt. Unfortunately the paper pieced panda had a plethora of pieces. The only really good thing was that we got to practice our alliteration. Plethora of pieces in a paper pieced panda. Also while discussing the panda, it was noted that the pattern was only 6″ to which Blanche quipped, “I’ve heard that before”. Things rapidly disintegrated after that.
We also spend some time reliving our “glory days” of retreat with all the pranks we have pulled over the years. Yes, I say years because Sandra Dee and I did some math and discovered that we have been doing this for close to if not 10 years. Can you believe it? I know I had a hard time doing so. It also came up for discussion how we haven’t really done a whole lot over the last few retreats with regard to pranks. Sandra Dee was happy to relive some moments when I would call her before retreat and ask lovely yet bizarre questions such as how do you feel about bugs? The intent was to find some large rubber bugs and scatter them around, but when we couldn’t find any we (and by we I mean Inez and myself) settled for tormenting her with words prior to retreat and then doing nothing.
After bringing up our lovely history, Sandra Dee began to get cryptic about the meal she was involved in. I should mention here that we practically had the bunk room to ourselves. Even though we are not the type that are early to bed, all the others that were in our bunk room were up later than we were so we practically had the bunk room to ourselves every evening. It was amazingly wonderful. Until one night we went to bed and Sandra Dee said to me, “good night, sleep tight, watch out for lunch tomorrow”. She didn’t say anything else after that although I thought I heard her giggle a little. Well played, Sandra Dee. Well played. In case you were wondering, her lunch was a normal lunch. They made enchilada casserole and a spicy cheese dip and spanish rice.
I’ll leave you here for now. I have a rather lengthy story that Sandra Dee shared with us that I just cannot pass up. I also have our report on how things went with our pillow cases. I’ll also try to have some pics of what I did get accomplished at retreat aside from the rabbit quilt as well as a bit on what everyone else was able to accomplish on this retreat.