Sunday, October 26, 2008

Home from Quilt Retreat

I just returned from a wonderful 2-day Quilt Retreat. Per requests, I will post my recipe (from Margie, originally) that was so popular at our Quilt Retreat. My goodness we had a LOT to eat - thanks to everyone's contributions! You might note that in the above photo, a LOT of the food is GONE!

Cranberry Salad
1 bag frozen cranberries - (do not thaw)
1 C. sugar
1 sm. box cherry jello (do not dilute)
1/2 C. finely chopped walnuts
2 apples
1 can drained pineapple tidbits
Whipped topping
Whiz cranberries in food processor with sugar & dry jello, pour into bowl. Whiz apples in food processor pour into bowl. Add drained pineapple and finely chopped walnuts to the bowl. Mix it up. It will be somewhat dry/mushy. Top with topping or whipped cream.

This is the YMCA lodge where we stayed. It's a WONDERFUL place - clean, bright, designed well, large rooms, TVs, VCR, DVDs in rooms, living area between the double rooms, LARGE common area for our quilting activities, beautiful grounds, and all handicap accessible.

This is the view out of the common area, towards the 'Bluffs'. There is a large playground, much grass, and beyond the grass is the Platte River, flowing swiftly - (note to Marlene's Mom, "she did NOT fall in!")

Below, Machelle is working on her gorgeous Irish Chain - Sue is providing technical support if needed.

Vickie's Kaleidoscope - it's just gorgeous! She and I had the same class at our State Quilt Convention in July.

Carolyn's blocks she won at Quilt Guild. She decided to set them from light to dark.

Vickie is working hard on arranging those blocks

We had a LOT of good space. That's Anita's back and Alice, and Marcia kinda blending in with background. 8-)

mmm I see Marlene and Sharon in this photo and ???. Look at all that beautiful light we had. We also had pressing stations, and cutting table stations, and several table where quilts in process could be laid out.

Sue is concentrating, Sydney is working away, with her string blocks on the floor, Karen is working as is Laurie. I have several Ohio Star "Shirt Quilt" blocks laying on the floor - I sit on that pillow to sit a bit higher.

Wilma is an accomplished sewist AND can make her embroidery machine also dance!

A t-shirt quilt in process by Nancy.
Sharon, taking our photo after all is over! She set the camera up for a time-delay photo, but her head became stuck in that chair and she couldn't extricate herself in time, so the first photo did NOT include her! There were 29-30 of us attending.
I'm pooped, but happy.


Exuberant Color said...

I'm glad you had a great time, great quilts in the pictures. I had to laugh at the photographer's head stuck in the chair. It's easier to see where you are going when entering a space, harder to figure out how to back out.


what a lot of work! welcome home!

Vicki W said...

What a great time!

Anonymous said...

Hi Elaine,
Love your blog...had no idea you shot me with my head in the chair...what a hoot!
Loved the retreat, slept in, then napped today and am ready for next year!

Anonymous said...

Retreat was such a wonderful time and great food. The time to sew and visit while you are working on projects, what could be better.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Looks like fun! I plan to try your recipe. I love cranberry salads!

paula, the quilter said...

The YMCAs are great places to go for retreats. We used to go to the YMCA of the Rockies but now go up to Little America in Cheyenne.

KathieB said...

Looks like a fabulous place for a retreat--lots of space. And lots of food! A retreat wouldn't be a retreat without that. Thanks for sharing all the photos. It's really fun to see what everyone's up to.

KCQuilter said...

Welcome home! Sounds like you had a wonderful retreat. Thanks for the cranberry salad recipe. Can't wait to try it!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Wow, looks like fun and a creative bunch to hang out with.

Margaret said...

G,Day Elaine Thanks for sorting out the Jello. I will try the recipe in a week or two.

Gail said...

Looks like you had a great retreat, and your location seems ideal. We also stayed at a nice place, but it was not as accessible, hated the stairs to get to meals, but at least it was exercise. I posted photos on my blog. Beautiful work being done by your friends/

Roslyn Atwood said...

Sounds/looks like you had a ball. Love the chair/camera pic, too funny. Aren't quilt retreat's the best.
yeah, today I got the striped bias binding made for the baby farm/ applique quilt!
thanks for stopping by.

julieQ said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all! My favorites are the kaleidoscope and the irish chain!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Our girls want to go on a quilt retreat, but, it's only about a mile from my house! I want to travel a ways, spend the night and bring my machine and projects to work on for a couple of days, at least. I understand where they are coming from, too many things to worry about at home.

Tanya said...

mmm.. Such fun! I love that kaleidoscope quilt! The colors are beautiful!

That last picture is hilarious!

lynne said...

that is the best cranberry salad ever!!! i was just thinking about digging out that recipe, and voila--there you posted it LOL i am going to make it for church this coming week--i will cook for 60 people, and they will just LOVE this.....your retreat looks amazing, and i hope you find your geese...