Monday, November 5, 2018

Glenrose Retreat 2018

I have just had a week away with a mad bunch of ladies.  This retreat at Glenrose Patchwork is quite different to the one I do in August...but I still try to be prepped well and I try to make the most of the time away - that means late nights and not too much sleeping in.

I had a list of "To Dos" and was able to achieve almost all of it.
I've had to block out one - it's a secret project  - quite a time consuming one - I didn't finish it - I didn't expect to - but I made a lot of progress on it.

Here are a couple of finishes:

A small wall hanging with a stitchery from Natalie Bird.
(The stitchery was completed ages ago.)

I runner/topper for a set of drawers in our family room:

This one was an unplanned project.  This retreat is held at a Patchwork shop - very dangerous to the wallet!!!!    Quite a few of us made these reading pillows - the front of the pillow has a large pocket and you can add a few books and give it as a gift.
I fell in love with this greeny tree fabric and have a purpose for it early next year, so figured I would join in the fun.  It was very quick to make, just need a pillow now.

Another project I "finished" was to add the borders to my Holly Cottage Christmas Quilt.   I started this quilt as part of a Stitch-a-Long hosted by Fiona over here.
The quilt is designed by Michelle Ridgway and I have made many changes to her pattern.  I am sure she may want to thump me - but this is for my eldest daughter and she had a few requests - so the blocks got changed around a bit and we minimised the detail.  As much as the original design is gorgeous - I wanted this quilt to be for DD1. 
To take the photo I pinned it to a quilt on the wall - so ignore the blue and pink on the outer.  It stops at the bauble border.   I will be getting this quilted by someone so much better at quilting than me - so stay tuned for the finished quilt - before Christmas.

Just for the record, I also made an angel ornament, added ribbon to a towel and made a bag for the a charity project that Sunday Stitchers are doing.

I had a ball, I got so much done.  Thanks to the Tuesday girls who invite me along each year.  And a big thanks to De who did the driving - allowing me to crochet along the way and keep ridiculously late nights!


  1. Lots done, looks like a great time was had...


  2. Great finishes Susan and we did have a great time.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful week, and lots of lovely finishes! xx

  4. A wonderful week at retreat and you finishes lots of projects as well as a new one.
    Love your version of Michelle's Christmas Cottage.

  5. You were on fire Susan. I am thrilled that you have made Holly Cottage just the way you wanted and that it will be loved and apart of it's owners Christmas xxx

  6. Lots of beautiful finishes Susan ,love your xmas quilt ,Michelle would be very happy to see it done so beautifully,i love your changes. What a wonderful group to be away with,glad you had so much fun.

  7. It does look like you had a great retreat - what a good feeling to get lots of things ticked off your list! Good to see your Holly Cottage quilt getting closer to a finish.

  8. Looks like a great retreat - although having it in a patchwork shop seems like a dangerous plan! Great work ticking so much off your list x

  9. It was a great retreat, thanks again for being my room mate - willing to share with you


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