The rainbow says it all, I left home and drove about two hours east leaving sunny skies and arriving with a bit of rain and clouds but as I checked in I looked back at the lake to see the rainbow.I got there just before noon and a few people were already starting to set up. This was a huge double ballroom. The people in the back half and large tables were one that can be separated by folding doors. In fact it is where we had our meals last year. From the round tables and behind is the second ballroom.
I turned around to show the other side where the warming tables were set up for breakfast and dinner. You don't really need lunch due to the extensive selection of food available.
You can see the bellman with a trolley where the dividing wall comes out.
I set up in the back corner and soon my room mate Rita showed up and we were busy sewing.
Not everyone brings design walls. Irene laid her blocks out on the floor on a table cloth.
Still playing with ideas and sewing some of the bits together.
By the end of the day I had it finished. Ready to become a backing for a project I hoped to machine quilt while away.
The next morning I cut batting for two small and two larger quilts trying Hobbs 80/20 fusible batt. I'm on the fence right now about how they appear to be working. I should have started with one of the smaller rather than large quilts but think it will work. I decided not to try and quilt them at the retreat but another day. So I went outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air for a bit.
I decided to take some pictures of the water dropping from one part of the fountain to the other and see what it would look like for a black and white challenge.
Some looked good some not so good.
I liked how this image turned out. The droplets look translucent and the aqua just looks like part of the building.
I liked the moss on this branch and the curving branches.
Some gorgeous colours are starting to come out in the leaves.
Lovely colour on this hydrangea.
Red/orange maple leaves.
When I went inside Beckie was sharing some of the blocks she has made for a Canada 150 celebration. A gal has assigned a notable Canadian woman to each design. They were free for a limited time along with the history of the woman. I think I collected a few but forgot partway thru the year. Beckie said eventually there will be 169 blocks but I don't think she is making hers that big.
Cathy was working with various layouts for her triangle quilt. I think she changed her design three or four times!
Here is the layout before I sewed the bees skep.
This was a Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild retreat and as the president retires blocks are made for her after her often two year tenure. Beckie stayed on a third year as we couldn't get a replacement for her until this September. We each were given a small piece of a batik that we could add other fabrics and white to make a block. She ended up with more than twice this amount. Half the people forgot to add white so she decided to make a two sided quilt with a light and a dark side!
Left side now finished. I ended up sewing this like a log cabin to accommodate the partially sewn seam where the flowers and watering cans joined. The blue and red, bees skep and checker board watering cans were sewn together. Then the rainbow watering can was sewn to the flower then the seam running above the small bee, and pink flower across to the watering can was sewn like a T/Y style of seam.
Wait a minute, weren't those blocks in the centre looking like a Z?