Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2009 Quilt Retreat at North Star Bible Camp

Photos submitted by Margaret Margaret Gingerich . Text by Harriet Shaftel.

Oh, my stars, but we had fun at our
Log Cabin Quilters Retreat

On Thursday we headed north on the Parks Hwy
turning off on the Willow-Fishhook Road
which keeps its surprises well hidden.
Through woods and wetlands, over hill and dale
We had no clue as to our destination until
the turn-off appeared suddenly on the right…
A large clearing surrounding a lovely lake, historic cabins, a dining facility, conference lodge, and many comfortable sleeping cabins with bunks, double sinks, hot showers - all on the verge of the Talkeetna mountains.

The setting was perfect for communing with nature, and the best part? Our hosts – the family and their helpers young and old – were proud of their place. We could feel the love – from early in the morning until late at night (allowances were made for early birds and night owls) – and the results? Fantabulous.

Supper on Thursday, three multi-course sit-downs on Fri/Sat, and an 8-course brunch on Sunday. Was there anyone who left without feeling satiated by the hearty, tasty meals?
The sewing room was well-lit by lots of natural light and accommodated all 32 of us comfortably. The chatter was easy, the UFOs splashed colors everywhere, and the competition to complete a project was low-key, thank heavens: those who opted for a massage were limp for some time after. The classes – notebook covers and fabric leis – were fun and quickly done. The two block challenges – a mystery block, and blue/gold star blocks – drew lots of participation. The "spectacular fabric" Chinese auction was suspenseful, and the raffle basket drew plenty of interest dollar-wise.
Altogether, could we have been more tantalized by goodies or more spoiled by our retreat committee? The consensus was unanimous: this was an amazing experience. Next year has already been booked - May 20th.

Note: To see our committee, look for the group sitting on chairs up front in the group picture

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