The Random Number Generator picked #7
.... and that is Donna Abrams, who commented, " I am mesmerized by the pictures of this retreat. This has to be the most wonderful adventure a CQr could ever attend ."
Congratulations, Donna! Start picking out your goodies, and I will contact you privately to make arrangements.
Information on today’s giveaway (the third and final one) is at the end of this blog post.
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....And so we come to Friday and Saturday, the final days of our Retreat. On Friday, there were no mini-classes scheduled. The morning was time for free stitching, and in the afternoon we planned a special treat - a visit to the newly-opened Florilegium, a wonderful emporium of stitching delights in Weston, Missouri. Gretchen Nutt, the owner, was a gracious hostess and provided coffee, other beverages and treats to nourish us hungry shoppers. And shop we did!
|Historic Downtown Weston, Missouri|
|The wall of fibers and yarns|
|Connie Eyberg rests her feet. And wallet.|
|The Case of Wondrous Things|
|Even the checkout area was glorious!|
On Saturday, Lisa Boni conducted two well attended and very popular classes. The first one was on Intermediate Embroidery - expanding basic seam stitches into layered designs. She showed us her linen sampler - a band sampler arranged first by stitch, then by motifs or other themes. Naturally, it is a work in process, but it was great fuel for our own ideas.
CRAZY GIFT EXCHANGE
Everyone was asked to bring a gift in the value range of $15-30. To play this game, everyone got a number (1-26). Person #1 started by picking a wrapped gift from the table. When it was person #2’s turn, they could pick another gift from the table OR steal #1’s gift away, forcing person #1 to have to pick another gift. A gift could only be stolen twice. The third owner of the gift was the permanent owner, and the gift was out of play.
Here are the ladies, sitting around, anxiously waiting to begin. However, because Lori King so generously brought a box of used books and magazines on CQ, silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon embroidery, and regular quilting, there was enough for everyone to have one. To make it fair, we began in reverse order, with person #26, and each lady had about 30 seconds to come up and look at the books and select her free book. It got us pumped up and ready to play!!
|Here is the gift table before play began. You can see Connie and Lori B in the background |
looking at their newly-acquired books. :-)
|Beth Pile and Wilma Van Wagensvelt|
|Karen Guthrie and her mahhhvelous CQ vest|
|HA! We even got Lori Burgesser on camera!!|
|Beth again, thrilled with the Under the Sea pincushion made by Lisa Boni|
At every retreat that Lauri Burgesser attends, she brings an incredible hand-made CQ bear. It is THE prize that everyone wants. You’ll see close-up pictures later on and you can see why.
|Gerry holds the bear|
|Sandy Larson is inspecting treasure!|
|Joyce Robertson gets to hold the bear for awhile|
|Lori looks on as someone else holds the bear. Wonder what she is thinking???|
|Wilma opens a cute tiny pincushion gift|
|Susan Jarosz and Colleen Anderson are probably day dreaming about the bear!|
|Kristie Watson opened this awesome pumpkin made by Gayle Schipper|
and she decided right there and then that NO ONE was going to take it from her.
|So, it became her baby. Her “unborn” baby, LOL!!!|
|Tahlia Holt was very serious when it came her time to pick|
|Donna found gold. Or pink, that is. An amazing box of things that|
Connie Kalina had dyed pink with....wait for it.... AVOCADOS!!
|The Pink Lusciousness and some hand-made buttons by Connie Kalina|
|Darlene got a cute CQ-ed wrapped hanger!!|
|Close-up of hanger. Would you hang something on it and cover up all that beauty??|
|The 2014 Bear by Lauri Burgesser|
|We displayed all the gifts after everyone had opened them.|
|A great covered tin|
|A clever and handy armchair caddy|
|Karen Guthrie made this lovely covered tin that was won by Cathy|
|Eye Candy and Brazillion Embroidery threads and instructions|
|What a cute CQ teacup pin cushion|
|Connie Eyeburg’s dainty stitching is unmistakable in this beautiful heart|
|Liz won this awesome purse stitched by Colleen Anderson|
|Carol Kramer won the autumn pillow.|
|Connie Eyberg and Connie Kalina. |
Good Connie and Bad Connie (just kidding!) - We love them both!
After realizing we had too many faces in shade on the gazebo, we moved to the stairs for the picture. Lauri Burgesser shows her technicolor coat (amazing, isn’t it?) Notice everyone pointing at her?? She is shy and we were trying to tease her.