Sunday, October 13, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - Retreat Report

slow down!
Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! We are celebrating Thanksgiving here in Canada today and I am very thankful for the wonderful Slow Sunday Stitching Retreat Day we enjoyed last weekend.
I posted a few photos on instagram of the activities throughout the day and you can follow me at ssskat7 to see those.
It was a perfect fall day, and so fitting that the speed limit on the road to retreat reminded us that we should slow down to "God speed", which is the whole point of Slow Sunday Stitching!

Retreat day is starting!
This is the room we stitched in. It's a lovely space with windows all around making it bright enough for stitching, but also making it difficult to take good photographs.

"free" to a good home
There were loot bags for each stitcher and door prize draws throughout the afternoon. There was even a "free" corner of the room where there was a pile of donated supplies, tools, rulers, and books for stitchers to rummage through and find just the right thing they "needed". There were bags of scraps free for the taking, and there were even boxes of organized pre-cut scraps donated by Chris. I must confess to helping myself to one of the fantastic bags of scraps that Chris brought to share with us and I can't wait to dig into it!

hard at work  hand stitching projects
I love this photo that shows all the stitchers hard at work on their projects. All the heads are bowed and the stitchers are deep in concentration!
We had so many wonderful projects in the room including knitting, hexies, embroidery, EPP, needlepoint, puppet stitching, rug making, wool work, applique, binding, and cross stitch.

Chris and granddaughter Ava
If you want to read more about the day, you can find Gail's blog post from retreat day at The Cozy Quilter, and see all the wonderful photos she took of the stitching projects. And then hop over to Quilting at the Farm to read the highlights that Chris wrote about. Chris brought her granddaughter along and she was our youngest stitcher at retreat. It's so inspiring when young people show an interest in keeping the stitching tradition alive!

Slow Sunday Stitching Sisters!
We also had some Slow Sunday Stitching Sisters! Try saying that fast 3 times! LOL
How wonderful that these sisters were able to clear their very busy schedules to spend the day relaxing, visiting and stitching together!

Here is the group photo of the amazing hand stitchers!
Slow Sunday Stitching Retreaters

I was blown away by the support and encouragement of this incredible group of women! Thank you to all who helped with the arrangements, the prizes, the tutorials, the snacks, the gifts, and for believing that this crazy dream of mine was even possible! It was amazing to me that we pulled this off on such short notice and after I rest up a bit, I will give some thought to organizing the second annual Slow Sunday Stitching retreat day!

Quilter's Blessings
I did bring along the quilt I was working on when I started the weekly link ups to celebrate Slow Stitching. The quilt is called Quilter's Blessings and was a pattern by Capricorn Quilts in 2008. It is also the quilt that is on the Slow Sunday Stitching button that Connie made for my blog. I took the quilt outside for a photo to show you how much in the country we actually were, and how spectacularly beautiful the weather was!

Okay now it's your turn... what are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post or instagram photo below.

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Kim said...

Your slow stitching retreat looks as if it was a wonderful success. It is great to see so many ladies gathered together, enjoying each other's company, supporting each other; while stitching the day away. It looks as if so many pulled together to make this retreat a fabulous success. Your quilt Quilter's Blessing is beautiful. Love the countryside beyond.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time, thank you for all your work in the organizing. I hope this becomes a yearly event, I'd get there sometime. Happy Stitching!

Created by Kathi said...

I am sew excited y'all had such a good time.. wish I could have been there too... keep up the tradition now... and do another next year :) I love when everyone listens to their inner voice and brings a little extra to make the retreat even more special bits of sharing and caring for one another!!!

Frances Meredith said...

Thanks for the retreat update - it looks like it was a great success.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh what a peaceful retreat that must have been. Thanks again for hosting Slow Stitching Sundays. It's such a joy to see what other slow stitchers are stitching!

Sarah said...

Your slow Sunday stitching retreaters looked like they had a great day! If I only lived closer....sigh!

Deanna W said...

Yes Sarah...big sigh!!! If I lived closer. Looks like a lot of fun. Maybe one day!!!

Deb A said...

That looks like so much fun! Putting faces to the blogs we have read through the years would be amazing. So glad you were able to have the retreat... who knows, if it becomes an annual thing I might have to take a trip to Canada!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Looks like a wonderful time for everyone! Our Quilter's Blessings quilt is lovely - the perfect project to share at your retreat. Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What a fantastic turn out for your retreat!! Looks like you had an absolute blast.

Deb said...

Looks like everyone had a wonderful time slow stitching.

MissPat said...

Congratulations on a successful slow stitching retreat and a gold star to you for making it happen. Love the speed limit sign. Happy Thanksgiving.

Karrin Hurd said...

The retreat sounds heavenly! Love your Quilters Blessings. I think I started that same one. I will have to pull out my blocks and see how much there is left to go.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Hi Kathy, Thanks for sharing the Retreat photos and news. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all. Stitchers are a wonderful bunch!

Jenny said...

What a wonderful time you all had. And how nice it must have been for the ladies to meet in person and put faces to names.

Lyndsey said...

Thanks for sharing your retreat photos. It looks a fun filled day. I can't think of many things that would be better than spending time stitching with like minded friends.

Little Penpen said...

What a wonderful time you all had.... I'm happy for you all. Your red and white quilt is amazing!

Jill said...

Such a lovely stitching Sunday you all had! The venue is very nice with all the windows. Love the road sign even though it is in kilometers and I'd have to do a math calculation to figure out MPH, lol! Your photos of your first annual event are appreciated to those who couldn't be there in person.

Miaismine said...

Hello Kathy,
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you day was blessed and relaxing! Thank you again for this wonderful link up! I left inspired and excited to continue my slow stitching journey!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Looks like a fun weekend, and well attended, too. I'd like to find the pattern of the quilt you are showing (embroidery).