With any luck, the work with the retreat registration is over for the Bonnie Hunter retreat we are hosting in early August. We have had a couple people who initially were going and have since changed their mind but those places are all full again. It’s a relief but it’s not over until all the final payments are made and that doesn’t happen until
A week or so ago we had a cancellation for the retreat. That’s when I had an idea. I told Kelli that we should pick a blog reader who regularly comments that showed a want to go but wasn’t registered and send her to the retreat for free. We talked about it and decided we liked the idea. We didn’t want to make it a giveaway with everyone yelling “pick me, pick me!”. We didn’t want people who were just pretending to care about our blog but really only wanted free stuff. We wanted a true sincere reader who deserved a chance and didn’t even know she was being considered. We read through the comments and picked Stoney Monte. We loved this comment that she wrote after we had told you our frustration with getting everyone registered, “You’ve made it clear how you feel and you’ve described how people are treating you. For your sake, I hope everyone thoughtfully considers how to conduct themselves going forward. And no, I’m not about to ask there is an opening for this retreat. I don’t have the money to travel beyond the end of the driveway but I have computer access so I can enjoy your wonderful stories about life and quilting. Thank you, Jo, for sharing your world with me.”
So Stoney Monte is coming to the retreat on us. We couldn’t be happier. We’ve been in touch with her and she is super excited….we are too. We love to meet good hearted people through Stoney’s comments, we can tell she’s just that.
People have begun to write asking all sorts of question regarding the retreat. People have wanted to know which projects we are sewing-we wrote in the initial retreat information that we are making Bonnie’s Moth in the Window, her Spider Web quilt and a project we are teaching. If you keep up with the blog, we’ll reveal that project later this week.
As anxious as retreaters are, we highly suggest not cutting out your quilt before class. Bonnie often has tricks to cutting or alternate instructions that make cutting easier. Everyone is welcome to do whatever they want..but that is our suggestion. Kelli and I took the Smith Mountain Morning class with her through the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild several years ago. I cut my quilt out before class…I wish I hadn’t. Bonnie said that the publisher had insisted that she write the directions one way but Bonnie preferred another. The alternate way she explained made block construction much easier. If you want to cut a block and test it before coming that’s great but I wouldn’t cut out a whole quilt.
Something else about the retreat that we’d like to announce. You might know that we are having a trunk show featuring Bonnie but you might not know that we will have Julie from Me and My Stitches also presenting. She does the most amazing paper pieced jewelry. Here is a link to her website. Check out this little pin.
She does earrings, necklaces, and scissor fobs too.
She does quilt patterns too. She’s an Iowa girl and is going to be retreating with our group too.
I love her work and have a couple pieces. I absolutely adore it!!
We are trying to jazz up the trunk show. Something else fun we are adding to the night are vendors. We’re in the process of inviting quilt shops to occupy booths. If you’re a shop owner and reading this and you want a space let us know. Julie with be there with her amazing jewelry. Bonnie will be selling her books too. My daughter Kalissa will be there with her LuLaroe and plans are for my niece Ariel to be there too. If anyone wants to vend let us know. We aren’t charging much for a space. We simply ask that you donate a door prize and be patient with us.
One more thing we are adding is a silent auction area. People attending can bring donated quilting related things that they no longer love or things they want to donate. It can be a UFO, a pincushion you made, patterns you know you won’t use….anything. All of it is going to be put out with a silent auction bidding sheet. People can bid on it. The proceeds will go to our charity quilt project to help cover shipping, batting and backing fabric. This was Connie’s idea and we liked it. There might be a few items or there might be a lot.
I know I’ll be passing on a few things that have been gifted my way that I simply know I won’t get time for. The things are great and awesome but I don’t have all the time in the world that I wish I had.
I’ve also been collecting shirts…100% cotton shirts from my thrift stores. People are always telling me that they can’t find them at a reasonable cost. They will be bundled and people can bid on them. Here’s my latest haul.
I think it’s a win-win. Kelli and I end up with more money for the charity quilt project and retreaters end up with some reasonably priced shirts!
All this is happening August 4th in Oelwein, Iowa. If you’re within driving distance we sure hope you can be there. Pack up a load of girlfriends and head our way. Kelli and I will be around and would so love to meet our readers. If you’re in a guild, please tell your guild about our event. We we love to have you…and I think it will be awesome to see Bonnie’s awesome quilts and Julie’s amazing jewelry.
Now that the registration process is over, we’re starting to have fun with this.