We just returned from our weekend quilting retreat in Palisade, Colorado at the Wine Country Inn! Here is the courtyard that is the center of the inn. Here is a link to the inn if you are interested in visiting http://www.coloradowinecountryinn.com The service was amazing! Warning there are lots of pictures!
Meals were enjoyed in this gazebo and the temperature was in the mid-70's. It is hard to believe it is so warm so close to Halloween!
The inn is surrounded by 10 acres of vineyard.
This is the apartment/guest quarters where the potluck dinners were served from. All of the other meals were catered by the inn.
Here is my mom on the porch hand quilting her Love Blooms BOM from Quiltmaker, I still have two blocks to go on mine!
I worked on my Journey of a Quilter BOM.
Here are mom and me Slow Sunday Stitching. See what everyone else was up to here http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com
This was my sewing station with my new mat and thread catcher. My mobile sewing station (aka Stanley tool box) was perfect. The bottom part that holds my machine fit under the table and the tool box part fit on top of the table where all my necessities were within reach and organized.
There were three vendors in case you needed something or wanted to splurge.
There was a choice of classes with either a mystery quilt or a wool felt appliqué/embroidery stitches class. We took the wool felt appliqué/embroidery stitches class.
Here was our big table in the ballroom.
Laura, the wool felt class teacher, brought Valdani perle cotton, lots of wool pieces, her patterns, and kits. She did not have samples for everything because many were at the quilt market on display in the Valdani booth, but we still managed to find plenty of goodies.
On the wall were two samples of the mystery quilt most of the ladies worked on. I think the pattern is called "Morning, Noon, and Night."
Of course there was lots of chocolate and a glass of wine was included each evening. We stuck with the sauvignon blanc in case there was any spillage.
Here are Lindsey and I bright and early on Saturday morning.
Here are some of the ladies with their finished tops from the mystery class.
This was the hallway outside of the ballroom where there were additional cutting tables and ironing stations and a porch ran the length of the building. The inn had beverages and warm cookies for us all day long. The retreat fee included lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. There was even an omelet station for brunch! Since we stayed at the inn, we also had a breakfast buffet on each day. I am still full and probably gained 10 pounds.
Here is one of my Love Blooms Here blocks I worked on.
This is the Modern Herringbone quilt I pieced during the retreat. I want to add two more rows to make it wider since it is only 35 inches wide right now. I need some more purple fabrics, so I will go to the fabric store after work tomorrow. Doesn't it look amazing on the rail fence with the grapevines and the mountain in the background!!!
It was an amazing weekend with Lindsey, Debbie (Lindsey's mom), my mom, and all the other fabulous quilters! They have another retreat in the spring and in the fall, I am very tempted to go again! How was your weekend?