A couple weekends ago I hosted the 2nd Annual Chelsea Quilt Retreat at the Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center in Chelsea, Michigan. My goal this year was simple, make it better than last year! I think it’s safe to say that I succeeded. We had three fun filled days with classes taught by top notch teachers, amazing food, pop up shops and tons of laughter.
On Friday everyone checked in after 3pm. We did not have anything scheduled right away as some of the quilters worked that day and everyone arrived at different times of the afternoon. However some early birds bribed our teacher, Kati into giving out the first steps of the first class so they could begin.
We kicked off dinner with a Southwestern Night with a taco/nacho bar. Very generous gift baskets donated by Quality Quilting and Katie K Designs were given away at dinner. After dinner our first instructor Kati taught the Flutterby Class, which was perfect for beginners featuring a jelly roll. I think that the majority of us had this somewhat complete by the end of the weekend. I managed to get all of my blocks completed by the time I left on Sunday.
Saturday morning started bright and early with Tina teaching us the Converging Cubes class. This was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. (In all honesty, I thought it looked really hard.) By the time lunch was called most of us had our background sewn together.
Lunch was a baked potato and salad bar with all of the fixings. Plus we had a Tuscan bean soup with fresh herb rolls. During lunch, generous gift baskets from the Klink Family and Kati Bauer were given away. After lunch, Tina taught us all a new technique to the “Y” seam for our cubes. For the rest of the afternoon we were all working on different projects, some were still working on their cubes while others continued to work on their flutterby blocks and then some of our quilters brought their own personal projects to finish as well.
Dinner was by far my favorite, Southern Night! Complete with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese (MY FAVORITE) and pork tenderloins with a mango peach chutney! After dinner we had the memorable White Elephant Gift Exchange. This has become one of my most favorite traditions, and trust me we do tend to get a little cut throat. The white elephant theme is always sewing, so guests could bring in things from their stash or even buy something new. Fabric has been known to be a favorite. But this exchange is definitely a barrel of laughs!
I think everyone was exhausted come Sunday morning. Toni taught us all the Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star, which is a gorgeous star quilt. For lunch we had assorted wraps and chips. Plus the chef warmed up the beloved mac and cheese! 😀 Gift baskets from Ann Arbor Sewing Center, Chelsea Family Dentistry and the Klink family were given away during lunch. By the time we all left I believe everyone had at least one block of the Rapid Fire completed! (The rest of the blocks come easy, I just finished mine this week!) Slowly everyone packed their things and headed home until next year.
If you are interested in joining us next year, save the date April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2017.