Trent Valley Quilters Guild Retreat October 4th to 6th 2016

The Glen House Resort, Lansdowne, Ontario

Our Retreat this year was held at the Glen House Resort, a beautiful spot on the shores of the St Lawrence, located on the 1000 Islands Parkway in Lansdowne Ontario. Many of us took the opportunity to take a little time from retreat to stroll around the grounds of this lovely resort.
Attendees – and there were many of us – arrived at the resort around 1pm on the afternoon of Tuesday October 4th2016. We were greeted by the retreat committee and each of us was presented with a gift bag on registration. Those participating also had the opportunity to drop off our Christmas placemats, an entry for a prize draw being provided for each mat donated. The Christmas placemats are donated to “Meals on Wheels”.

We had a nice bright well lit room to complete our sewing projects. All of us fit into the one room and we had a large table each to set up our machines. Many of our quilters were putting together blocks for the “Art of Transparency” quilts taught by Louise Oberwarth.Others were working on their own projects.

Karen Magee of Quilt Thyme in Kingston attended throughout the retreat and we had access to many great bargains and wonderful projects/ideas. We saw many active shoppers at Karen’s tables.

Throughout the 3 days of the retreat the members of the retreat committee gave us some entertaining demonstrations.

  • Judy Elliot demonstrated how to make a quilted Christmas card and was very generous in giving all of us the materials to make our own card.
  • Sarah Roberts showed us how to make two lovely Christmas ornaments.
  • Cheryl Lafferty demonstrated how to make her 11 minute table runner; many examples of the runner were made & shown at the end of the retreat.
  • Last but not least none of us will ever forget Joyce Eggleston’s demonstration of how to turn two men’s ties into a wine bottle holder. What happens at retreat stays at retreat!

Also Cheryl Lafferty and Jan Kivisto made sure that we had an energetic exercise session and a spirited version of the bird dance to stretch out those seized up quilting muscles.

We had a social event on the evening of October 5th with the silent auction draw and of course no retreat is complete without a session of Fabriolics Anonymous. There was fruit and cheese for all and afterwards some brave souls went to the beach for a bonfire sponsored by Karen Magee.

We were fed very well by the resort, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each day there were centre piece prizes at the tables & favours for everyone at Lunch & Dinner. We also had draws for multiple prizes which took place at show & share to wind up the retreat. It was great to see what everyone had created over the three days especially the many different versions of the Art of Transparency quilts.

Many thanks to Retreat Convenor Joyce Eggleston and her committee members, Sarah Roberts, Judy Elliot, Cheryl Lafferty,Louise Oberwarth and Jan Kivisto for an excellent and enjoyable Retreat.

Retreat has been booked again for the same time and location for 2017.