What goes on at a quilting retreat? Here’s a peek at the inside of the lodge at Camp Homewood on Quadra Island, off Vancouver Island.
The lodge has an old part and a new part. This is the old part, with a huge fireplace (that couldn’t be used this year until the chimney gets an upgrade and inspection). About 40 quilters have set up their sewing machines. They have brought tons of supplies and fabrics from home to finish up old projects or start new ones.
They hang their completed projects from the upstairs railing to bring inspiration to their fellow quilters.
Some of the living quarters (bedrooms and bathrooms) are on on the upstairs and downstairs of this big meeting room.
Standing in that doorway, I took one more photo of the old room so you can see the setup there, and then I turned …
and took this photo of the new part where more quilters had their machines set up. In the foreground of the photo below, you can see the empty round tables to the left. This is the dining area. The long table in the center is where the buffet-style meals are set up. The food is always very good and no one goes away hungry.
Some of the projects are hung on the railing on the new side as well. In some cases, the quilter might decide to only do the piecing of the top layer and do the quilting at home after adding the batting and backing under the top of the quilt.
Four days of intensive sewing and sharing of techniques, ideas (and a few jokes), made this a successful retreat.
Next time I’ll share the close up work of one quilter whom I admire very much.