Monday, November 13, 2023

Design Walls at Retreat

The retreat I went on recently is at a beautiful ranch run by Sheila and Bill in southeastern Arizona. We are so fortunate to enjoy a great sewing space with lots of design walls. Ten of us went, and all of us made great progress on projects or accomplished finished flimsies. So, in no particular order, here are photos of what we were working on.

Paula's paper pieced elephant

Helen's inherited UFO #1

Helen's inherited UFO #2

Judy's "What Happens at Retreat" wall hanging

Linda's blocks, part of a much more complicated piece

Janet's One Block Wonder

Debbie's Tilda project blocks

Nancy's queen size star top

Amy's finished top. Her method of keeping the colors organized 
was genius: she wove 1/2" strips of them and glued them to paper 
in the placement she wanted. Brilliant! 

I finished the top for the baby quilt for my niece; see previous post. I also worked on pillows for my son's sofa for Christmas, at his request. More in a later post. 

The setting for the ranch is just delightful, and the weather was conducive to sitting outside on the patio for happy hour. Here's the view to the west as the sun was going down behind the cottonwood tree and the mountain. 

And the view to the east from the patio. Note the red building - that's the private quilt shop for retreaters. And yes, we shopped! No tipping, so we generously support Sheila's store. 

Sheila and Bill serve delicious meals in a lovely setting. Here's the great room with part of the dining table, as we're anticipating dinner: 

And a happy group of retreaters! 

Another successful retreat - a good time was had by all!

Linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts


  1. Retreats are so much fun! Love your "What Happens at Retreat ..." wall hanging! I made a similar one and use it as a machine cover when I go to retreats!

  2. Helen's project reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries with cinnamon graham crackers on the side.

  3. Thanks for sharing all your retreat happenings! It's so great that retreats are happening again after the COVID break!

  4. Wow, that sounds like a really fantastic setting for a retreat. And it's fun to see the projects everyone worked on!

  5. What a great variety of projects and beautiful location!

  6. Some very fun projects in the works at the retreat. Looks like a get place to stitch.

  7. Looks like a fun quilt retreat and even better that progress was made on many quilts! Well done!