September 29, 2014

CQI 7th Annual Retreat in Kansas City - Part One

We are all back from Kansas City, where we held the 7th annual CQI Retreat. This year the retreat was held from Wednesday September 10 through Sunday morning, September 14.  Twenty-eight women registered, but only 26 were able to make it (dear Barb W became ill at the last moment. But she is well now, thank goodness. And Josie Trevino had a serious fall in which she broke her ankle).

Our venue was The Heartland, a retreat facility in Parkville, Missouri about a 10 minute drive from the Kansas City International airport.  Some ladies arrived by plane, some drove, and a couple even took a train.

The grounds of The Heartland were beautiful.  It was cloudy most of the time we were there, but the sun came out for us on Saturday, and made up for lost time.

Driving onto the grounds from the road
One of the buildings in which we slept 
Places to hike to on the premises
Lovely vistas from all the buildings
We ate our meals in the dining room, a short walk away in a neighboring building. Meals were served buffet style and we had the basic beverage choices of water, coffee, tea and lemonade (and milk upon request). 

Buffet line: a typical lunch

Mealtime in the dining hall.
This was the main hall where we did our stitching, held classes and activities and generally spent all our time when we were not sleeping or eating.   This first picture is taken from the entrance way, looking south across the room.  The stitching tables were on the far end, arranged so that the women could stitch together in large groups.  On the nearmost right side is a round table (and a white board not pictured) that we used primarily for classes, but also for displays as needed.

This is a view of the room from the other corner (looking in the same direction), and at night.  In the foreground are vendor tables that we kept set up permanently.  When the vendors took off their covering tablecloths, it meant their shop was open.  Lots of S.E.X. (Stash Enhancement Xperiences) available!

Attached to our big stitching room was a kitchen where we kept our snacks out. They also had coffee and a refrigerator for our use.  It came in handy - we had to keep our stitching strength up!!!  We had chocolate, peanuts, chocolate, fruit, chocolate, pretzels, and chocolate.
Connie Kalina, enjoying some snacks (as we all did!!)
We didn’t seem to get many good pictures of the Swag Bags, but they included generous donations and samples from many vendors.  Some of them included Vintage Vogue, Pellon USA, Ribbonsmyth, Colour Complements, as well as many member Etsy store vendors.

In addition to the lovely supplies donated, there were several finished products, like these wool pincushions made by Josie Trevino and Barbara Warner.

On Wednesday evening after dinner, we did introductions, then played some games like CQ Bingo, CQ Anagrams, CQ Madlibs and a CQ Word Search.  Most of us were tired from travel, so it was an early night, relatively speaking.

Lonna checks out the tables before the Stash Dash begins.
But the next morning, Thursday, were up and ready to get going right after breakfast. The first activity was the Stash Dash. Many of the women brought (or mailed ahead) unwanted stash.  The stash dash used to be just fabric, but has grown over the years. This year`s Stash Dash was the best ever, and was spread out over 4 tables. In addition to fabric, there was lace, silkie prints, trims, buttons, beads, miscellaneous sewing supplies and notions, and even some silk flowers. 

Once it began, there were women everywhere with scissors and bags. There was no running with scissors or arguing - everyone was so calm and well behaved. Probably because the veterans of CQ have so much stash already, that it was much easier to let the newer stitchers get theirs first.  :-)

L-R: Tahlia, Connie, Freda, Sandy, Sharyn, Carol
The lace and silkies (picture prints on silk or cotton) table was very popular, and in the end was reduced to less than a handful of items.

Most ladies were quite happy with their newly-acquired booty!


Because so many of our members were not able to attend, the Moderators of CQI have planned a giveaway for everyone to participate in this week (except those who attended the Retreat, LOL). We have three great prizes to give away.  

Here is the first prize we will award:  A set of Crazy Quilting Templates from Sharon Boggon of Pintangle. The winner will receive not only the templates, but an e-file containing the accompanying booklet of instructions and designs. 

HOW TO ENTER:  Just leave a comment below about the retreat, the post or CQI. Make sure your comment has your name and a working email address so we can contact you if your name is drawn.  If you are not linked, then type your email address in your comments: name (at) email (dot) com.

We will draw a number by Random Number Generator on Tuesday evening. The commenter with the corresponding number will be the winner. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday morning.   At that time, we will also have the Part Two retreat post and announce a new giveaway!  Although you may enter every one of the 3 drawings, you can only win once! :-)  Good luck and thanks for dropping by!

September 03, 2014


We have been waiting for it for MONTHS, and it is finally available.  Pam Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs, and future Editor of Crazy Quilting Quarterly (effective January 2015) has announced the release of the 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar.

The calendar, which you can order at Magcloud here, features the work of the following Crazy Quilt Artists:

January - Mary Ann Richardson
February - Nicki Lee Seavey
March - Maria Mulder
April - Kathy Shaw
May - Pat Winter
June - Cathy Kizerian
July - Brenda Sandusky
August - Gerry Krueger
September - Terri Lee Takacs
October - Betty Pillsbury
November - Connie Eyberg
December - Allison Aller
Cover - Pamela Kellogg

To get a look at all the delicious eye candy from cover to cover, January through December, why not visit Pam`s blog, HERE.

And from all of us here at CQI, thanks to Pam for putting this great calendar together, thanks to the artists and advertisers, and thanks to you readers for your support!!  :-)

June 25, 2014

Retreat Registrations Reopen!!

Because we have had a number of unfortunate cancellations - although this is always something that we come to expect - we are able to re-open registrations for our CQI Annual Retreat in Kansas City in September.

You can find the details HERE.

We hope maybe some of our new members can join us!!

January 10, 2014

CQI 2014 Retreat - Signups Closed

Well, it seems that your little, yearly retreat has become quite popular. Every space available is spoken for nearly immediately!

We will have 32 CQI members joining us this year at the Heartland Center in Kansas City, MO. Our cut off was supposed to be 30 but how can you possibly turn someone away when PayPal deposits arrive within seconds of each other. LOL.

As we get closer to retreat time, and more details are sorted out and finalized, we will keep you updated through the blog. We do appreciate you all taking the time to pop in and visit with us.

For now, enjoy your New Year. Be safe and be happy!

December 12, 2013

2014 Retreat Announced!

We are pleased to announce the 7th Annual
Crazy Quilting International Retreat, 2014
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Wednesday, September 10 – Sunday September 14

Nestled in the wooded bluffs north of the Missouri        
River, Heartland Center is just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City 
and less than 15 minutesfrom Kansas City International Airport.

Retreaters will stay in Cray Lodge, two per room. 
Every room has its own private bath and shower.  

We have reserved a block of rooms. Depending on
total attendance, we may be able to accommodate
single lodging or spouse lodging (with payment). 
However, first priority goes to CQI members willing 
to stay two per room.

Next door to our accommodations is the main building, 
which houses the large meeting room and the dining room.  
All three daily meals are served buffet style and are gluten-free. 
CQI will provide between-meal snacks. 

We selected The Heartland Center to assist with minimizing costs for retreat attendees.  Heartland Center offers a nice location with short commutes to and from Kansas City International Airport (KCI/MCI) as well as to shops and entertainment areas.  Naturally, retreat participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Kansas City.

All this for only . . . $265.00
This includes lodging for four nights, all 11 meals
(Wednesday dinner through Sunday breakfast),
snacks and transportation between airport and Heartland Center  

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Registration begins on Monday, January 6, 2014

Retreat will be limited to 30 participants.  To register, you must be a member of CQI


Send a $100 deposit (or you may pay in full) via check or Paypal: 

By Paypal, email to:   catkiz (at) xmission (dot) com  
Please mark as `gift` or include an extra 4% to cover Paypal fees.  Paypal will provide you with a receipt.

By check, mail to:
Cathy Kizerian (please make check payable to Cathy Kizerian, not CQI)
Mailing address will be made available to CQI Members on the CQI site


Balance of $165 is due no later than August 1, 2014


If you must cancel for any reason, your cancellation refund will be as follows:
By April 1, 2014:  everything you paid less $25
By July 30, 2014: everything you paid less $50
August 1, 2014 or after:  everything you paid less $75

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 We heartily welcome all CQI members, whether or not you have ever attended a retreat before, 
or whether or not you are an active participant 
in the CQI Yahoo chat groups.


For more information and pictures of Heartland Center, visit:

November 07, 2013

2013 Retreat Post - FINALLY~

I do apologize for taking so long to post about the retreat. One day just seems to run into the next and before you know's six weeks or so!

I am so happy that we had the interest and turn out that we did this year - 22 CQI members! Let's begin with the group photo. Then you'll know the "Cast of Characters" as you read through the post.

Back row, left to right: Colleen, Connie, Wilma, Gayle, Shari, Beth, Sharyn, Donna, Elizabeth.

Middle row, left to right: Carol, Ingrid, Josie, Barbara, Diane, Bev, Maggie.

Front row, left to right: Lorraine, Hideko, Susan, Cathy, Gerry.

You will notice that Lauri is missing in the group photo, and I'm sure she thought she had escaped being caught on 'film' but she didn't! Here she is with Diane. BTW, this is Lauri's quilt - beautiful, isn't it?

We are also missing one more of our members in the photo, and at the retreat - Maureen was not able to attend. I know that those of us who haven't met her yet were disappointed, as were those of us who have met her and spent time with her. But, maybe next time :-)

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I guess we should begin at the front door...

And don't forget to grab a name tag...

We kicked off the retreat on Wednesday evening with a Meet and Greet, and distribution of swag bags. We were very fortunate to have so many attendees and vendors contribute to the swag bags. Just look at them, and what was hidden inside!!!!

Maureen sent a beautiful and generous selection of laces, chenille fibers, and hand-dyed ribbons. I added a fairy silky, some laces, charms, beads, and other embellishments to the baggie with a variety of Monece satins. Diane sent a huge selection of gorgeous silk threads in every color imaginable. Cathy sent a lovely package of assorted fabrics and beautiful Venice laces, along with pretty beads and buttons. Hideko made these darling little bags full of vintage buttons and some hand-dyed Venice lace. Donna made this adorable little thread/ort catcher. Each one is lined and finished with a matching button. And they got lots of use during the retreat! Nicki Lee sent us all a few pieces of her beautiful Venice lace and hand-dyed motifs.

Lorraine sent a huge package of the most beautiful, assorted white laces along with some of her scrumptious hand-dyed threads. Carol sent everyone a handcrafted seam ripper. Her dear hubby turned all of the assorted woods and assembled them from scratch! They are so beautiful. Connie sent these cute little photo squares that she made. They are repurposed Scrabble tiles with Mod Podged vintage images on them. Wilma sent a beautiful handcrafted bookmark with a card of vintage buttons. Elizabeth sent a variety of beads and embellishments, a piece of tatting and a charm, a lovely piece of dyed lace and this sweet little silky. I wish I had taken a photo of the boxes she sent them in - they were the most darling little things I've seen in a long time. Cute, cute, cute! Barbara made these little drawstring thread/ort catchers for everyone. She used the most darling, themed cotton fabrics. And needless to say, these little beauties came in very handy during the retreat. Maggie sent this lovely and generous selection of fabrics.

In this photo, we have one of 25 magazines that were donated by Janet at Vintage Vogue. She also sent a little flyer with the magazines, giving all those attending a 25% discount off of an order! We also included a note book and pen, just in case. And finally, the booklet that Cathy and I put together. It turned out so much nicer (and bigger) than we ever expected - 50+ pages.

The cover is a collage of handwork by me, Diane, Cathy, Wilma, Connie, Colleen, Hideko and Lauri, printed on cardstock with a clear vinyl cover on top. Inside there are a number of tutorials, color photos, helpful links and credits, a poem, a directory, etc., etc., etc.

Okay, now that the drooling has subsided, we move on to the meeting space. I wasn't sure that we would all fit into the space available but in the end we were just fine. My DH (Gene) helped me set up the tables and outfit them with multi-outlet power strips. We also set up a card table in the study/office area with a sewing machine, and ironing station. We managed to leave the family room a non-stitching zone for taking a break, or catching a nap.



We had a fairly packed schedule of events and activities and actually did a wonderful job at staying on task and on time. We even had time to play some games (Crazy Bingo, Anagrams, Word Search) and there were lots of prize drawings, and giveaways throughout the retreat. A big thanks to Cathy for all of the books she brought, to Sharon B for donating 2 sets of her templates, and to everyone else who brought or sent a little something extra to throw in the pot!

Of course there was Show and Tell, and what a pleasure it was to see all of the beautiful work everyone brought. It's just not possible to show all of it here, but here is a 'taste' anyway.

Below is Connie's DYB Victorian Ladies quilt. And while it's not completely finished, it is GORGEOUS!

Hideko also brought her DBY Victorian Ladies quilt. See photo above, upper left hand portion of the photo. Cathy is still working on putting her blocks into a finished project, as am I, so we didn't have anything to show at the retreat except for our finished blocks. And even now, mine is only at this stage.

Well, as you might imagine we worked up quite the appetite during this flurry of activity. So....we ate, and ate, and ate. LOL! There seemed to be a never ending supply of fruits and veggies, cheeses and other assorted goodies, including the occasional glass of wine. Wilma and Hideko brought sweet treats from their homes (The Netherlands and Japan) to share with everyone. Most everyone had breakfast at their hotels but we did have our lunches and dinners together at the house. And to take the guess work out, there were daily menus posted.

At this point I would like to say, "THANK YOU!!!!" to everyone for all of their help in the kitchen. I couldn't have done it without you - seriously!

As always, there was the stash dash (no photos, too many pairs of scissors flying around) and of course, the White Elephant Exchange. Everyone really out did themselves this year with their gifts. Watching the 'stealing' frenzy that ensued was hilarious!

And while Josie took home the bear that Lauri made (for the second time!!)...

Lauri did manage, eventually, to take home the elephant that I made.

And what about that adorable shoe??? It went home with Hideko! (I believe that Donna made the shoe)

And what would a retreat be without SEX (Stash Enhancement eXpedition)?

You are not going to believe what's behind these doors....

This is Christine Hause's shop, A Stitching Shop, in Denver.

Our shopping day included a number of thread, bead, and fabric stores, with lunch along the way. Needless to say, everyone had a wonderful time - from beginning to end - during our few short days together in September. And planning is already underway for next year.

In the meantime, I leave you with the LOOK OF FRIENDSHIP!

Have a nice day!