Some crazy happenings, you never know what you might learn like "how to hang a spoon"!
The last two years have flown by and we are just a little over two weeks to go for the 2015 Quilter's Retreat at Pictou Lodge. I was thinking the other day about all the wonderful times we have had at the Retreat, terrific teachers (I would invite them all back!), wonderful friends we have made over the years and changes. How the quilt world has changed over the last 30 years from rotary cutting (it had just started when we had the first Retreat) to rulers (oh my, the variety is amazing), to the internet world. When we began everything was done by snail mail from contacting teachers to communications with the quilters and Pictou Lodge.
Patsy wins a prize for her mug rug challenge from Jane Sassaman and Meredith
When we started we wanted to make the Retreat as affordable as possible. We fund raised, we sold raffle tickets, we had quilter's house tours, we had postcard challenges. I don't think there is a fund raiser we haven't tried. Many, many thanks to all those who have helped over the years supporting our efforts. For the last 4 Retreats we have been able to offer one young (19-40 year old) quilter a scholarship to attend the Retreat thanks to Avonport Discount Fabrics. I wish more Guild events would do this, we need to encourage and nurture our young quilters.
For the last 3 Retreats the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild has had a Retreat draw and two lucky members receive a $500 bursary to help with their expenses to attend the Retreat. I wish more Guilds would do this and support their members.
This is our 15th Retreat, my wish is there will be 15 more! Can't wait!