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Quilting Retreat


Anybody who loves to quilt or sew, knows that it’s a time-consuming job. Often we have to leave our sewing to deal with everyday chores like cooking and cleaning. Even answering the phone takes us away from  projects we’re working on and the momentum is often lost. This could be why so many quilters have UFOs (unfinished objects) in their sewing rooms. Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if we could just take a step back from regular chores and concentrate only on our quilting projects?

If you belong to a quilting guild that books a place like Camp Homewood on Quadra Island (a short ferry ride from Campbell River on Vancouver Island), you might make that dream a reality. Imagine four days for yourself. All you have to do is eat, sleep, sew, and maybe go for a little walk now and then to stretch your legs.

This building is the main lodge for the camp. About 40 quilters from the Schoolhouse Quilters’ Guild have booked in here to work on their sewing projects.

Sewing machines, boxes of fabrics and sewing notions, folding tables, irons, bedding, toiletries, and clothing are unloaded at the main door on the left. From there the sewing  equipment is taken into the main part of the building where the women (no men this time) set up their machines and tables. The bedding and clothing is taken to individual rooms that have been assigned at registration time, weeks earlier.



My friend and I slept in rooms in the guest house below tucked under a canopy of Douglas firs. It’s a short walk, maybe 100 yards, from the main lodge. But most of our time was spent in the big building working on our sewing projects.014

Below you can see the newer addition of the lodge. Huge windows have been placed all around to take advantage of the fantastic view on the front.


Let’s climb up the steps on the far right of the building. Just inside this door we set up our sewing machines. Once in a while we might glance up and see a gorgeous view of the salt water passageways and small islands. On a clear day, the mountains are visible in the distance, but not today.


Stepping out onto the deck on the front of the building, this is the view that greets you and bathes you in peace for the next four days.


In the next post I’ll show you some of the work the quilters have done during their stay at this quiet retreat.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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39 thoughts on “Quilting Retreat

  1. What a wonderful idea! Looks like a great place!

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  2. Wow! Gorgeous views there!

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  3. What a beautiful location for a retreat of any kind.

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  4. What a beautiful, serene and inspiring place to do your quilting! Looks just wonderful. Looking forward to your photos of the finished works of art. 🙂

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  5. A perfect peaceful quilting retreat. 💚

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  6. A lovely place for relaxing!

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  7. What an awesome setting ! My sister-in-law belongs to a couple of quilting guilds and goes to retreats every year, as well as quilting shows in Sydney and Melbourne. She’s mad keen on it – and creates beautiful work.

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  8. What a beautiful area. I’d have a difficult time keeping my focus on my quilt.

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  9. It looks like a beautiful setting to do what you enjoy doing!

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  10. Beautiful place to be!

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  11. Has it already been a year since your last retreat, or is this a different one? I’m glad you take the time to do this retreat. Not only do you get to do what you love, but you do it surrounded by majestic, serene scenery. Do you ever grow accustomed to beautiful mountain views? I can’t even imagine seeing that every day. Sigh.


  12. What an amazing retreat. Would love to settle in and enjoy a few restful days of quiet, productive sanctuary (I’d be cross-stitching though).

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  13. What an awesome thought! It would appear that an extraordinary place!..


  14. Looks absolutely wonderful and what a lovely environment in which to relax and sew …

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  15. So glad you made this trek again to the retreat for quilters, Anneli! The view and peace found for four days sounds lovely! I am sure the friends you made last year will enjoy spending time with you again.

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