There's so much from the quilting retreat that I have wanted to share ... but I feel like I need to break it up into bits and pieces -- because there really was *so* much! I want to start with the location of Grand Oak Retreat. Out in Scottsboro, overlooking the lake, it's really a beautiful spot. You can just barely make out the house from the road, it's so far up the hill . . . this is about one-third of the way up the (very winding) drive.
The first happy surprise came just a tad further up the drive, at a level spot . . .
The gate had not been there on my last visit and there's a good reason for that. If you remember THIS post, you will recall that in my prior work life, I sometimes had the opportunity to put my *creative* skills to use designing ornamental iron. And it just so happens, I designed this gate!! I was so *tickled* to see it hanging! Cindy, the owner, told me that it had been installed in September. They don't have the electric opener on it yet -- hopefully before summer.
The block is the Lucky Clover and I found it on Quilter's Cache. The original drawing I did (which is what is shown on the earlier blog post) had the square half the size. I doubled it for the final drawing for Cindy, and I think it really does look pretty incredible.
If I do say so myself!!
You know what else is incredible? The view once you get to the top of the drive!
Sometimes, with a view like that, it's hard to stay focused on sewing! But more on that in a future post.
Another happy surprise awaited me at home. I'd won a sweet giveaway on Quilt Hollow and the sweet little felt stitchery patterns had arrived!
Aren't these darling? Mary had been given five patterns to give away from Little Stitches. The first winner got to pick two of her choice. I loved the little bunnies and the chick train. It's just in time for Easter! Yay!!
Today will be a busy day catching up on ministry paperwork and things I didn't do while I was gone. It's piling up a bit! Tonight is church and tomorrow is an Ellie day, so I need to get 'er done!