Saturday, May 21, 2016

2016 Retreat--"Ain't We Sweet"

Peggy's quilt covered car greeted retreat attendees.

On May 12-15, the annual ALCQ retreat was held at North Star Bible Camp near Willow, AK. Thank you to the quilt shops in Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla who donated items for our goody bags and door prizes. The shops are listed in this blog sidebar. Thanks also to the camp staff for making our stay pleasant and comfortable. Finally, thanks go to the Retreat Committee who worked hard to make our weekend fun and productive.

Committee Chairperson Cheryl

Retreat Committee member Barbara gave instructions on how to finish our goody bags. Our challenge for next year is to bring our customized goody bags to show everyone.

Elaine, another Retreat Committee member, explains how she finished her tote bag.

Joan and Rhonda, also Retreat Committee members, showed their finished bags.
One of our most popular activities is the raffle basket. Last year's raffle proceeds supported two baskets this year. Thanks to Olivia, a committee member who spent hours choosing just the right items for the baskets.
In keeping with the candy theme, the small quilt challenge was to make a quilt representing a favorite candy bar.
Diane won the Viewer's Choice award for her quilt representing her husband catching her sneaking candy.

The block for the drawing was titled "Milky Way".
Each attendee brought a half yard of spectacular fabric for our fabric exchange.

Cathie, Peggy, and Marge with their final fabrics.

Dawn and Julia

Elaine, Marilyn M, Katy, Marilyn B, and Lynne

Joan K, Cheryl, and Olivia

Mary B, Jacky S, and bashful Skeeter

Sandra and Betty

Winnie, Mary G, and Margaret

Clara Jo
Patsy works on an appliqué piece.

Kathy A.

Cathy L. at sewing machine

At Saturday evening's Show and Tell, we enjoyed seeing what we quilters had accomplished during this retreat and since the last retreat.

Barbara's table topper

Betty is designing a plaid quilt.

Betty's Hawaian appliqué block




Dawn's wool appliqué from a class in Delta

Debbie's quilt from an aunt


Diane fell in love with pictorial appliqué quilts after taking a class.

Elaine worked on various quilt blocks during the retreat.

Jacky made a quilt for the candy quilt challenge.

Jessica's tree quilt

Joan pieced this quilt during the retreat.

Joan B

Joan K finished her ruler tote bag.

Joan K

Julia (on right) loves Kafe Fassett fabrics.





Margaret made a pillow cover from scraps.

Margaret's chicken from a Laura Wasilowski appliqué class.

One of Margaret's ice dyed fat quarters from a class by Cindy Lohbeck.

Marilyn B

Marilyn M

Mary B also loves Kafe Fassett fabrics and continues to piece one of his patterns.

Mary G showed one of the flower blocks which was appliquéd by a friend and which Mary is thread embellishing.



Ruth showed a block on which she is doing very intricate "rice" stitching.


Sandra finished a tote bag.


Skeeter hid behind this colorful quilt.