Last week, I headed up to Gainesville for Le Retreat and scrapbooking/quilting/eating/educational discussions that will only help you if you ever compete in a television trivia game show.
This has become a fun summer tradition. I wrote all about it here, with lots of great house pictures...and town pictures, and several links to links to links on the subject....OK, I think that covers my point, but it's a great house. If you live in North Texas, or on planet earth, and like to craft, and have friends, I recommend this getting away thing with friends and gluesticks/sewing machines.
What I like most about retreating is laughing at things that would never be that funny if laughter wasn't contagious, but suddenly rival stand up comics in the company of friends. I like hearing each person's personal connections with various topics that arise. For instance, my friend Mary's mom stuffed olives for a living for a few years before heading to Oklahoma into the life of farming. This then lead into a lengthy pimento conversation, that lead to a google search on the inter'tube', that lead to me needing to order a pimento cheese sandwich for lunch one day.
Another fun side effect of retreats are things you see, things you learn, or random shared traditions. The lady that owns the house swung by when we arrived, and she had the above quilt top in her car for someone (long story). It is from 1923, and she uses it in one of the classes she teachers called "They spoke with their needles." In this case, a family member moved away, and each of the ladies in the family created a square from feed sack. Each signed her name, left some information, and often a picture that somehow represented her. Each member then embroidered their piece, and they were compiled together to send with the family member moving out of state to lay on her bed and keep her from feeling homesick.
This also (conveniently) falls around my birthday, and my friends helped celebrate with sugar...my favorite. From Jolene:
There are project boards to pin finished quilts. This is Sonia's, she completed this (after working on it for awhile pre-trip) on the retreat. It's a block of the month quilt. The green is a really different outline. Cream colors, blues and reds....these scream Sonia.
...and with so many photos, this whole album has been about cramming as many photos on a page as possible, with one introduction page for each stop.
My aunt gave me a tag maker for my birthday. I might need a 12 step program.
...and another chapter closes on Le Retreat. We are booked for next year, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone in commemorating in their work when the time rolls around again.