Our first Guild retreat since January, 2020 was held at Spruceholme Inn in Fort Coulonge, Quebec from February 14 to 17. We were a small group with nine Guild members and two guests. A number of us worked on our Block of the Month, Mystery and Charity Quilts and others worked on projects ranging from bags to small wall hangings to table runners to larger quilts. I always enjoy attending these retreats; it is an opportunity to maybe get to know other Guild members a bit more, to have some laughs and to learn something new. There is always someone who will help you out if you need it or to provide an opinion out if you ask.
For those who have not been to a retreat at Spruceholme Inn before, it is a lovely place with plenty of accommodation for everyone to have their own room with bathroom, a very large conference room so everyone has plenty of space to set up their sewing equipment and the meals are quite good.
We hope that if further retreats are planned in the future that a few more Guild members will be able to attend; it is always a fun time.
Thank you to Joyce Murray for organizing the retreat.
-- Emma Russell
Our January retreat at Providence Point near Lanark was once again a big success. We always seem to come away with more knowledge and a sense of having accomplished either some UFO’s or gotten a new project started. I was asked to teach some of the ladies how to make three dimensional Christmas trees with fairy lights in them. The technique is the same as the jelly roll rugs I make.
On the Saturday afternoon we had a massage therapist come in and give to those who wanted, a back massage. It fells so good that it makes you want to go and have a snooze afterwards.
It is such a treat to have our meals prepared for us and they are always delicious. We do enjoy getting together at the retreats. It is something I and others look forward to twice a year.
-- Joanna Vlaming
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At the retreat, November 3 - 7, which was attended by 17 ladies at Providence Point in Lanark, a good time was had by all.
We played a game with 2 1/2” strips black and white which were won by Ann Poll and Mary DeVries. There were also door prizes won which were donated by Sew Inspired.
It seems that each time we come together for a retreat someone always goes home with a new technique learned or a simpler way to make a block. It seems that we do all get many projects started or completed. We do all enjoy spending this time together.
-- Joanna Vlaming,
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Our retreat held at Providence Point in Lanark on November 5-8 was once again enjoyed by all. The food was great—Jeannette goes out of her way to accommodate our needs. We all come away from the retreat having learned some new trick or something pertaining to quilting and we also get to know our fellow Quilters better.
We played a game called strip poker with 2 1/2” strips. The two persons at the end with strips are the winners of all the strips. Our winners were Joyce Murray and Marilyn Erskine. They each walked away with 40 plus strips—a great amount to make a quilt with.
We also had a demo on a small bag by Mary DeVries. Everyone who came went home with some of their projects completed. It is a great time to come and quilt to your hearts content with no interruptions. The food is prepared for you—you just have to go and eat it.
-- Joanna Vlaming, Retreat Coordinator
On Thursday January 10, 2018, 18 ladies arrived at Providence Point to begin their time of quilting and fellowship. We arrived with the weather fairly mild and left with ice on our cars and cold. We did not let the cold affect our time quilting. The food was delicious and a good time was had by all.
We worked on our individual projects, and we also made some blocks for the quilt that our guild is donating for auction to benefit the Arnprior & DistrictMemorial Hospital.
-- Joanna Vlaming, Program - Retreats
The November 6-9 retreat at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark was enjoyed by all. The food was great. We all worked on projects that we brought. We shared techniques with one another. Played a game of BINGO each night and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow Quilters. I think I can truly say we all had a great time!
-- Joanna Vlaming
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20 lucky ladies enjoyed this winter's retreat January 12-15 at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark.
Tips, quilting help and ideas were all freely shared with new and old friends. The 5 "newbies" fit right in and enjoyed the weekend of time to just quilt to their heart's content; some started very early in the morning and others sewed late into the night. Breaks from quilting included fabric shopping, neck and shoulder massages and everyone loved the delicious food. A happy group of ladies headed home with many projects completed and new friendships made.
-- Gwen Pennings
The fall retreat at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark was fully subscribed and tremendously enjoyed by the participants.
I dropped in on Wednesday November 9th and despite all appearances of a "sweat shop" I quickly realized that this was very happy, creative and focused group in a very pleasant, bright setting with lovely outdoor views. I took this opportunity to not very discreetly check out the various projects underway - several Christmas gift and decorative projects, evidence of Sherida Giddings curved paper piecing Desert Sky October workshop, and also some of our guild challenges.
We look forward to seeing completed projects at upcoming Show and Tells and in our 2017 quilt show.
-- Janet Brownlee
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