Retreat Recap

Last week Diane blogged about her dilemma of what to bring on a quilt retreat. Me, I never have a problem deciding what to bring – it’s more what NOT to bring so I don’t overload the car!

Let me tell you about the retreat! Diane and I are part of a group that travels to Liar’s Lodge Bed & Breakfast in scenic Buena Vista, Colorado twice a year for a long weekend of quilting, friendship, yummy food, and a massage thrown in for good measure!

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Liar’s Lodge Bed & Breakfast

We have been visiting Carl & Connie (who is also a quilter!) Bauer in their wonderful home for about 8 years now and we love it! The modern log lodge is big and spacious with a huge stone fireplace.

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The Great Room

The well-lit sewing area in the basement has plenty of space to spread out. Everyone can sew in the same room and chat and see what each other is working on. Check out those quilts-in-progress on the design walls!

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Cutting and Pressing Space

Here’s my machine where you can sneak a peek of a quilt you will see in an upcoming Quiltmaker issue.

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My Workspace

After dinner on Saturday night, we always have show and tell. Everyone shows what they have finished since our last retreat or what they are currently working on. It’s so much fun and so inspiring to see all of the different quilts.

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Diane Harris, It Takes a Village

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Linda Addison, Cosmati Rings II

As any quilter worth her weight in fabric will tell you, there must be food. And lots of it!

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And that doesn’t even include the delicious home-cooked meals provided by Connie and Carl. We always go home about 5 pounds heavier it seems!

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The Ladies at Breakfast

I always return from retreat with new ideas, new friends, and a renewed love of all things quilty. If you’ve never been on a quilting retreat, treat yourself sometime soon. It’s the best investment you’ll ever make.

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View from the lodge of the Collegiate Peaks

About Denise Starck

I am the Graphic Designer for Quiltmaker. I really love what I do and being able to combine my two passions, graphic design and quilting, into every day is fantastic! I've been quilting for over 14 years and enjoy all types of quilting.
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4 Responses to Retreat Recap

  1. What a wonderful place for a retreat, I love lodges.


  2. Sounds like a fun time, the grounds are lovely. Your sneak peak is very Sneaky! I also love that quilt ‘It takes a Village’ it’s a lot of fun!

  3. Diane Harris says:

    I usually hear about them through quilt guilds or local quilt shops. You might also google for quilt retreats and see what comes up. There are a number of venues around the country built specifically for quilt retreats. If there is nothing scheduled in your area, grab half a dozen quilting friends and create your own. The fun will just happen!

  4. Helen Summers says:

    This sounds so great! How do you find out about retreats? Are they usually organized by groups?

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