Monday, November 2, 2020

Idaho Quilters Retreat....


I spent the week in Idaho

at Twinlow Retreat Camp

When we arrived...
SNOW on the ground !

We quickly got settled into our room...

My roomie.....Larissa

Lots of natural light fills the sewing room...

Lots of inspiration here !

This is my home away from home for the week...

I am free motion quilting this
butterfly table runner...

I faced the edge for a clean finish...

This butterfly runner is nearly 6 feet long

and will fit nicely on our kitchen table.

Just beyond the trees is Twin Lakes


Here are just a few of the projects
the Quilt Retreaters are creating:

Penny's Pumpkins

Larissa is a newbie quilter
and just learning to use a quarter inch foot
and do precision piecing on 
traditional quilt blocks

This is the start of her Sampler Quilt

Donna's Table Mat

Penny's Baby Quilt

Cheryl's Bias Square Quilt

Each night the Fat Quarter Fairy 
would come by and leave hand made gifts 
by each sewing machine.

I brought along my hand pieced 
hexy runner tops...

I layered the runners with batting and felt
and stitched them down to the felt...

Stitching in the Ditch...

Just need to trim off some of the felt around the edge and give it a press.

Sunset at Twin Lakes

We had lots of Quilty FUN...

Now, back to the real world !

Happy Halloween to YOU !

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


  1. Looks like you had a marvelous, productive time!!! I'm sure the snow was unexpected! Love all the projects and having a new quilter there is always a treat as they are so enthusiastic!

    1. Yes, everyone attending the retreat enjoyed watching Larissa's progress.

      Many thanks for your comments,

  2. What fun! I bet you were the Fat Quarter Fairy!
    Love seeing all that you do.

    1. Many thanks for your kind comments. There's nothing like a quilt retreat to get you inspired and wanting to sew!

      My Best To you,

  3. Your quilting on the butterfly runner is really beautiful and suits the pattern so well.

    Linda Kay

  4. Thank you Linda for your lovely comment.

    Much Appreciated,

  5. Love your butterfly runner!!!! Of course, your quilting is fabulous!!! Looks like it was a very productive week for everyone. A good vaca/break for and the cowboy work hard all year long and deserve a break from time to time.

    1. Yes, it is refreshing to get away for a bit and see some new country and always good to get back home and sleep in my own bed. Many thanks for your always kind comments.

      Much Appreciated,

  6. Wow that looks like a great retreat! Beautiful scenery, lots of space to work, good lighting, and the company of other quilters to get inspiration from. Your butterflies are so beautiful!

    1. Thank You Shasta for your very nice comments. I feel lucky to be invited to such a beautiful quilt retreat each October. It feels great to get home with a few projects done.

      Happy Autumn To You,

  7. I think I am green with envy! I was signed up for a 5 day quilt class that got cancelled in march and could be cancelled again NEXT March. THanks for the quilty eye candy. Love your butterflies. Any chance you know the name of Patti's pumpkin quilt pattern? I think it just jumped on my Bucket List!

    1. Hi Beth,
      I will check with Penny and see if she has a quilt pattern name for you.


    2. Hi Again Beth,
      Penny said that she made up the pumpkins as she went along. She chose a different 5 inch finished pieced block for the center of each pumpkin.