Sunday, May 6, 2012

Retreat Report

I just got back from the weekend Retreat at Bakers Narrows Lodge and had a great time.  My favorite part was meeting quilters that I had never meet before. Lots of laughs, good food, great conversations...and a little bit of quilting! You can check out our guild's blog post on the retreat here.  Sandra took some great pictures.

We all set up our machines in the lodge's log cabin Great Hall and had our meals here too. It was so nice to not have to cook or do dishes!

The inside had nice high ceiling and a large stone fireplace.  The lighting was not the best so next time we will all bring our own little desk lamps.

I was able to finish piecing one of my projects.  I had to use my 'design wall' to layout my blocks as space was at a premium.  It is just an inexpensive vinyl tablecloth with a flannel-like backing and the fabric blocks stick to the backing very well. This picture was taken before I sewed all the blocks together...I didn't get a picture of it sewn together but it is done.. honest :)
I also started my second project this morning but didn't have enough time to get all the block together.

Here is the little cabin I slept in.

And here is the view from the Hall looking out onto Lake Athapapuskow.  You can see just a little ice left in this area of the lake. 

Before I left on Friday I was able to get a few good shots of the loons in our bay on Schist Lake. They finally started to cooperate and let me take their picture. 

I also took two videos with my camera so the quality and sound are not the best as it was windy out.
There were three loons...and this time of year three is a crowd!

I loaded my videos onto YouTube to improve the quality, much better now.


  1. Beautiful quilt and the video of the loons fascinates me. This Utah girl has never heard a loon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beautiful Pedigo quilt! And what a great retreat center!

  3. What a fantastic setting for a retreat. Loving your quilt Kathy-is that with the circle ruler?
    Great shots of the loons-glad they decided to cooperate.

  4. I love to see everyone's versions of 'Jenny's' quilts using her quick curve ruler - hoping to get the tables cleared so I can play with my ruler soon.

  5. What a beautiful setting for a retreat.

  6. It looks wonderful, beautiful setting, and I love your quilt.

  7. Your project looks great so far... am going to have to get me one of those rulers... looks like you had a wonderful retreat.

  8. Oh...that looks like so much fun! Your quilt is so striking, the batiks you used really makes the curves POP!

  9. Hi Kathy! Great videos of the Loons, and yes, I think three was a crowd! LOL! They certainly were putting on quite a performance, you really captured it well. You live in such a beautiful part of our country. Just gorgeous!

    What a lovely retreat you had, and such a great turnout by the looks of it. Super idea for design wall away from home or even to use at home. Really pretty quilt top. How are you going to quilt it? Looking forward to seeing more!
    Linda in Cooks Creek, MB