I am back in the swing of things and back to work but I still am reminiscing about the retreat and thinking of all the great ladies (and Matt) that we got to meet. Initially both Kelli and I were nervous about the event. Did we plan right? Would it work? The other thing we were so nervous about is would people be disappointed once they met us?? We are honestly no frill gals and sometimes we end up feeling a little inadequate because of it.
Well let me tell you…after stepping into the room and meeting everyone, it just took a few short minutes for all of those initial fears to fly out the window. It’s amazing how a person can walk into a room with strangers and come out friends. Here’s a picture of my new friends that I met in Oelwein.
Sadly Barbara had to leave early and we missed a photo opportunity with her. She was a sweetie and grew up in Waseca, Minnesota just 13 miles from my parents farm. Who knew we would both be quilters and both be in Oelwein, Iowa years later. I love little coincidences like that.
We had many first time quilt retreaters in this bunch and I think all had a good experience. We had a couple who had gone to a retreat before but didn’t like it but braved it and tried again. All reported to have had fun this time around. Compliments like that made mine and Kelli’s heart sing!!
We have Bonnie booked to come back in 2017. We are so excited about that. We’re already making plans and notes about what worked and what could be improved on.
Thanks to all who attended and those who helped make this event happen. Most of all thanks to all the retreaters from both sites for opening your heart and accepting these two farm gals as friends.