One of the MOST fun things that I do is facilitate a couple quilting retreats each year, and I got my cast off my wrist just in the nick of time to host our third annual Featherweight Lover’s Retreat at The Homeplace Bed and Breakfast. In case you don’t know, a Featherweight is Singer’s very first portable sewing machine. The original vintage model is all manual, and does require cleaning, so we each do a “spa” treatment first, oiling, lubing, polishing, and setting tensions. It’s not nearly as complicated as you might expect.
My cousin Jenny comes from New Jersey for a week and we have fun!
My old friend Debbie and her sidekick Nelly come up from Florida. They are my table mates every year. Nelly is a rescue who wandered up to Debbie & Greg’s country house on death’s doorstep. Now she’s become our retreat’s mascot and is spoiled rotten by us all.
See? At her first retreat, she was too scared to come out from under Debbie’s chair. Now she visits everyone for treats and hugs.
There’s lots of sharing and help from other retreaters.
And sometimes there are visitors from the bed and breakfast.
Some multitasking too!
The large windows let in lots of cheerful light, and that helps to create a joyful atmosphere. (We keep our group small so we can each have a window table.)
We make ourselves at home. Look at Dee Dee in her cozy corner.
Seatta is working on a tiny, intricate design that Janet is teaching her.
One of our favorite things about the retreat is the home cooking at The Homeplace B&B! This lady in the middle is the innkeeper and she makes our delicious suppers.
Dianne makes the BEST old fashioned banana pudding, with homemade custard and meringue on the top. It’s always served warm, too. We request it every retreat.
We all sit together at antique dining room tables for supper, and the room fills with laughter as we enjoy all that great food.
Here are a few finished quilt tops made at the retreat.
And here’s our annual group picture. (Minus one of our friends who couldn’t be there the last day.)
We never know what to expect in the coming year and, in the past, we’ve weathered lots of health and other personal and family storms. Some may skip a year and we miss old faces as we welcome new, but we are always grateful for this gathering of friends and look forward to the next retreat!
Farmer Debbie taking a break from Fox Trot Farm…..