Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fourth Annual Highway 10 Designs Retreat


This past weekend was our 4th Annual Highway 10 Designs Retreat at Fabriculous in Swan River, MB.  This time the retreat was extra special as it meant I was able to visit with my friends from northern Manitoba which made the 10 hour drive worth it!   Our hosts, Wendy and George, always provide us with a fun extra project for those that want to participate and this time it was making small barn quilts!   I chose to make a very low volume start block in teal and white, and Genny was kind enough to show me how to age it with a dry brush technique that really gave my block life.    All the blocks turned out amazing! 


I spent some extra time with Lori before and after the retreat so we could get more visiting time in and that was so nice!   Before the retreat we were busy making fabric baskets that we filled with kettle corn for all the participants.  And after we were working on new patterns.  It was a very productive week!



It is great to see all the different projects the ladies working on and there are usually a few working our patterns.  Phyl made a City Slicker and just finished quilting it on the longarm as Fabriculous is an APQS Rental location.  Quite a few of the ladies were able to quilt their projects.


Sheri was busy making a baby Quarter Sections quilt with really cute fabrics.  I’m not usually a fan of Cotton and Steel but the bear print was sweet!


I spent the weekend sewing a Pedal to the Metal with blue, brown and grey batiks from my stash.  This is my son’s graduation quilt that I had delayed making because of the move. I just loaded it on the longarm today so hope to have it finished for him soon!


I also made a few purchases and I’m very excited about this one.  I’ll be sharing what I’m making with is soon!


The weekend was a lot of fun and we even managed to get Wendy in our group picture.  Love these next two pictures, they really capture the fun we have together.




  1. A retreat with a long arm rental. Heaven on earth. The group look so happy, I see Swan Lake is getting cold, at least by NZ temps., -10 tonight and a maximum of 2C!!! Lovely you were there to catch up with all the more northern friends.

  2. Sounds like lots of FUN and you all were productive. Having a long arm rental sounds fantastic. Love your son's quilt! ~Jeanne

  3. So glad you all had fun. It must have been so nice catching up with all your friends. I think it was great that
    you made Barn Yard Quilts. They look amazing.

  4. Looks like it was a great time! Love the barn quilts and especially love your son's quilt. Beautiful!!

  5. What a wonderful time you all seemed to have! I made a small barn quilt and it fit perfectly on my barn-shaped shed. You’ll love yours! I see so much Quilty eyecandy and love your son's quilt. He will, too!