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Retreat – Stepping Back

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In mid-October I took a step back – a retreat from the usual day-to-day living – to a beautiful location on Quadra Island, a short ferry ride from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The occasion was the semi-annual quilting retreat for the local quilting guild.

Four days of sewing and camaraderie, in which we had no cooking or cleaning to do. Just sew and go for a walk now and then between rain showers.

The buildings are old, but the natural scenery is older and for the most part, unchanged. It was a very quiet and beautiful spot.

The quilters each bring their sewing machines and fabrics, and all their tools and supplies needed to complete their planned projects. I had several unfinished projects, and by the end of the four days, I felt I had accomplished a lot.

One of the things I did was to take the ill-fitting squares I had made a couple of years ago and try to use them in some other way. The quilt I had intended them for was not working out but I had already done so much work on the tiny red and white squares, and on the appliqued birds and flowers.

I decided on place mats and pieced them together in whatever way the squares would fit, patching places that were odd sizes.

The result was four place mats and one table center, good enough for my own table for everyday meals.

It felt good to use up the unfinished project pieces and I was happy with the results. Now all they need is a meal to be served on them.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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52 thoughts on “Retreat – Stepping Back

  1. Beautiful environment helps creativity ๐Ÿ™‚
    Life is Good !

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  2. Wow. I would keep these placemats for special occasions.

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  3. Lovely scenery and delightful placemats!

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  4. awwwwwwww man they r so pretty.

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  5. What a wonderful escape. Your place mats are so beautiful!

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  6. What a blessed life. Stress-free to the max.

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  7. Too nice! I would need placemats to protect these placemats. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. What pretty placemats!

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  9. I really like the birds in your placemats which are both creative and cheery, Anneli. The setting is lovely at your annual retreat “quilting headquarters!”

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  10. Gorgeous place mats and center mat Anneli. I would covet them if I didn’t have a beautiful table runner made by the very same artist!
    Love the bright colors .

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  11. So beautiful๐Ÿ‘Œ I’m in love with them๐Ÿ˜
    I need them๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  12. Looks pretty there!

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  13. Very beautiful place and your placemats and table center mat are wonderful! Good job!

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful place. With lovely results.

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  15. So cute. Great job.

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  16. Those place mats are very pretty. They would look very good on the wall too. The retreat reminds me of the QCHI, especially the rain.

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  17. We all need to step back – retreat – and surrender to doing something different. Something that is creative in a different way. That’s exactly what you did – beautifully !!

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  18. So beautiful, Anneli! And I’m so glad you had such a good time. Haven’t you done that before? I remember reading about it.

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  19. I do think no cooking or cleaning is extra nice! Everyone deserves a break from routine and some relaxation, Anneli.

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  20. very Artistic placemats you made:)

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