Retreat Day 2

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Our 2 day family retreat was all about Freda.  It is impossible to express my feelings about bringing our  mother and grandmother into our little sewing event.  There was no doubt about all of us feeling her spirit with us.
 Saturday during our lunch break I gave a trunk show for the girls.  It was really fun to show them my quilts that have spanned more than 12 years.  They were so kind to oooh and ahhh in the proper places!
 I had to swipe some pictures from my niece Jen's blog.  She took such great photos of the event.  This 'trips around the world' quilt is one of my very very favorites because it was inspired by a quilt my mom, Freda, made me for my wedding more than 30 years ago.
 Here is Jen with her finished flimsy. Jen is so talented.  Her flimsy is pretty and the fabric made it so full of life and motion.  I can't wait to see it quilted.
 This is Amber with her quilt top.  Amber is expecting and I never heard one complaint about sitting for 2 days sewing.  Isn't her flimsy lovely.
 Tricia and Amber had the same fabric.  But isn't it amazing how individual their tops look.  Tricia was a trooper and would not stop until her top was done!
 This is my sister Michelle's top.  Her fabric was a perfect choice for this quilt.  As soon as she finished she started cleaning up.  She always sets an example about hard work and is so thoughtful.
This is Melanie's flimsy.  Melanie is pregnant with twin boys after having 3 adorable girls.  I couldn't be happier for her and since I'm also a mom of twins (as is my sister Michelle and my niece RaShelle) we had lots to talk about.  I love Melanie's fabric.  Dream On is my favorite of the new Moda lines.

It is fun to look at all the photos from our 2 days together.  There is so much more and other quilt tops not quite finished, but I know they will be.  Thank you girls for indulging my passion with me.  Mom would be so so proud.

-nanette
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26 comments

Colleen said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom! All the quilts will be so special and quite a story to tell about your retreat! I can see new generations getting together with all those quilts to share!
You are amazing and I so enjoy your posts!!!
Colleen

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Your Mom and Grandma would be so proud of all you girls and your amazing talent!

Sue said...

How special is this with all you girls getting together to create. Quilts and babies growing together.

Sherri said...

What an amazing get-together...it's just wonderful to read about families getting together to share the art of quilting and the love of heritage!

Brandie said...

It looks as if you all had a wonderful time. Great quilt tops!

Nedra said...

So wonderful to see pictures of your retreat. I am on block #12 of Freda's Flowers!

Sandi said...

What a special bonding time you all had and I know that your mother is more than proud. Keeping the family ties connected is just an awesome thing!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- a retreat where actual SEWING gets done LOL! Very impressive nanette!

Busy As Can Be said...

What a fun thing to do! I hope my girls do fun things like this!

Pat said...

What great fun....how nice to have a large family where they all either sew OR are willing to learn to sew. And...they are lucky to have such a great teacher as you, too!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

They are looking down with big, big smiles!

Jan Marie said...

nanette, it looks like you had a really great weekend.

Dawn said...

How wonderful! It looks like everyone did a fantastic job. How nice of you to put on a girl party!

Lynn said...

What a wonderful time it looks like. Will it be an annual event?

karenfae said...

What a talented family!! you are lucky to have so many in one family with the same artistic mode :) a retreat with just family is fun I bet.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Muddling Through said...

Each and every quilt is perfect in its way, and isn't it a testimony to your great pattern that they all look completely different! Great work, all of you.

belinda said...

Yes...Yes..Yes....I like/love them all...isn't it amazing how the same pattern can be interpreted in so many different ways!! This was certainly a great idea getting together!!!

sallgood said...

Talents linking the generations! I just love that, and it looks like everyone had a great time!

pratima said...

I can't get enough of looking and admiring your quilts. Every time you post an earlier quilt, I stop in my tracks :)
Everyone did a fantastic job on their Freda's flowers quilts. Each one is pretty and very unique!

Millie said...

Your quilts are all so beautiful...glad you and the girls had a good time.

Cheryl said...

Getting back to the blogs and just had to visit you! What a wonderful family tradition...so many wonderful memories.

the Material Girls Quilts said...

I got to see these quilts in person! Loved meeting your family they are darling, thanks for sending them my way:)
Nadine

sewtakeahike said...

what a wonderful blessing you are to your family and friends Nanette! thank-you for sharing your retreat photos and everyone's quilt tops. They are all really talented ladies!

Griffith Family said...

Everyone's fabric choices turned out great. Glad I got to meet everyone and cut their fabric at Material Girls...enjoy!

Patsy

em's scrapbag said...

What great memeories must have been created not to mention wonderful quilts. I love how each one is so different.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a wonderful idea to ge the family together and quilt! You will all think of the time spent together each time you see your finished quilt:>)