Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Retreat Gifts

I am so excited that I have some Cath Kidston!!!!   While we were at the Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewana, IN, last November, Fiona from Country Threads blog brought these gifts to me.  She has been fortunate enough to be able to attend the last 8 fall retreats.  It is always nice to spend time visiting with her.  She does beautiful applique' and loves Baltimore Album quilts and 18th century quilts.  She has some beautiful photos on her blog from the DAR Museum.

I love this tote bag, and the egg is a Cath that holds fragrant soap.  The fabric is African.  I'm saving it for a special project.

Fiona brought this pincushion to me last year.  I keep it sitting here on the table by my chair.  It is one of my favorite quilting tools.  And I stick my pins on the back side so as not to stick them in the flag.

This gorgeous stack of Kaffe fabrics came from Vicki who lives in Minnesota.  She also brought me this coin purse made from juice boxes.  Vicki and I usually sit together at the retreats because....well we talk a lot, hardly sleep at all, and occasionally we break out in song.  We do sew sometimes, too. 

Each of us at the retreat received some of the new Dear Jane fabric line.  When we signed up for the retreat, we were asked to tell how many retreats we had attended.  This last retreat was number 20 for me, so there is one fat quarter in my stack for each of those 20 retreats. 
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This is an older draft of a post that I forgot to publish.   You are probably worn out hearing about the Dear Jane retreat and Shipshewana.  Many of us only see each other there twice a year, but in many ways we are like family and have become good friends.   I look forward to spending time with these ladies each and every retreat. 

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch! 


  1. lUcky you I am jealous love that pincushion and of course cute tote bag!
    Love the fabrics , lucky you!!!!
    must be so fun to go to the retreats....

  2. Ooooh what precious gifts and friendships you've made. I also follow Fiona and her work is beautifull!

  3. What lovely treasures, LuAnn. Memories to last a lifetime and goodies to enhance your life and craft. I love hearing about your retreat experiences. May be the only connection I ever get to a quilt retreat. : )

  4. Very nice fabrics! beautiful amerika' flag!

  5. The retreats sound such good fun - and 20 is huge number to attend! Lovely gifts you received :-)

  6. What a lucky girl - so many fabulous gifts and so many retreats!

  7. Lovely treats...I love Cath Kidston stuff too.

  8. What wonderful goodies! I really want to join you in Shipshewana!

  9. Love all of your trreasures - but most of all I love your examples of quilting friendship and togetherness - makes me smile ;-)

  10. I never get tired of hearing about retreats or Shipshewana!! I love all your gifties!

  11. What a lovely collection of goodies. How fun to have such nice remembrances of your retreat.

  12. your blog is so inspirational, I made a quilt with houses and are now working on Valentine harts.
    I love the round robin quilts.

  13. Could you please inform me if janiacs from overseas could join a retreat? Do follow your blog, just love it.

  14. Nope... not tired of hearing about Shipshe. lol.
    Love all your goodies. What fun!

  15. I love all the stuffs you have here.


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