Friday, August 17, 2018

You Have To Remember...

...that I had to cancel my travel plans last summer and the summer before that due to surgeries. So when I tell you that I am at an art retreat -- after my other trips -- don't judge me too harshly. I've never traveled this much, so it feels a bit weird to me.
Judy is an incredibly generous teacher.
That said, I am having an amazing time at a quilting retreat at Woodland Ridge Retreat in northeastern Wisconsin with Joni, my dear friend from California. I have wanted to take a class from Judy Coates Perez for years, so I jumped when I saw she was teaching in Wisconsin.
We have spent the week learning to dye and print cloth with acrylic inks. Here is one of my dyed pieces:
This is what it looked like after stamping and adding Thermofax images:
Today we pieced quilts. Most participants are experienced quilters making large projects, but Joni and kept our quilts small so that we'd be ready to quilt tomorrow. This is my quilt top:
The black-and-white fabrics are commercial, but I designed the rest. 

Woodland Ridge is an amazing place. Nestled in the woods at the edge of tiny Downsville, it has luxurious rooms with whirlpool baths. Breakfasts and lunches are included -- and have been healthy and delicious. I am not sure I have ever felt so pampered.

Small as Downsville is, there is a darling coffee shop where Joni and I go for coffee every morning:
It is going to be sad to say good-bye to all our new pals tomorrow when the retreat ends.



16 comments:

  1. Wow, your fabric is gorgeous, and I love the resulting quilt! The retreat sounds like it was a lot of fun.

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  2. No judgment here ........you deserve it!

    That coffee shop DOES look wonderful.

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  3. Definitely no judgement, you only get one shot! Your pink fabric is amazing, looks like you had a great time.

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  4. Wow! Those fabrics are stunning!! Go you! And, what a darling little coffee shop!

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  5. How FUN is that!!??! I'm so happy you were able to get away for such a wonderful, soul-filling workshop. XO

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  6. Oh, what a glorious time that must have been! All your projects are stunning.

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  7. You deserve all the retreats you can pack in a summer if you ask me!! That surgery wasn't fun (based on the recovery time). So happy you are making up for lost time!!

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  8. What a wonderful time for you and your friend! You did an amazing job on the fabric painting/printing and the quilt top is going to be an incredible momento of your time!

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  9. So glad you got away to something that sounds like it was really fun. Love your pretty creations and will be looking forward to seeing them finished.

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  10. You deserve a terrific art retreat, and I hope you get to attend more of them and produce much more lovely art!

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  11. What fun! Glad you could get away with a friend for a fabulous retreat. Your quilt top is gorgeous and I love your pink fabric.

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  12. Oh my goodness, what fun! Your pieces are just wonderful!

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  13. You've been through a lot Deb, health wise and I think you DESERVE this wonderful trip! Im happy for you. The dragonfly quilt is lovely Bravo!

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  14. your quilt is lovely and the retreat looks gorgeous! Enjoy a well deserved pampering!

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  15. I so enjoyed catching up on your amazing trips and artistry! I continue to admire your painting, quilting, knitting! xx

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