It’s early Day 2 of the retreat, and I thought I’d try to give you a quick update. I’m having so much fun it is difficult to find time to do anything but laugh and talk and sew! And miracle of miracles, I actually slept last night for SEVEN hours!!!! It must be the clean, country air and the yummy food and the terrific company. I may have to move here just so I can get some sleep!!
I had planned to bring along my traveling companion, Bobbi Jo, but when it came time to leave yesterday morning at 5AM, she had somehow managed to get lost between midnight and 5AM. So I brought my friend, LouAnn, instead. I forgot pictures as we were leaving Atlanta (barely made it to the gate to board the plane on time as it was!), but here’s a shot of LouAnn as we were picking up the rental car in Minneapolis.
Here’s our sporty little red car! (See LouAnn perched on the mirror? She is already annoying me, wanting to be in every single picture!) I had to upgrade my car because they wanted to give me an itty bitty little car, and I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable driving it. Remember, I drive an SUV so even this little red model is a stretch for me. But it was fun sailing around the state in it yesterday afternoon, once I got used to it!
I was first to arrive in Augusta (Wisconsin) yesterday afternoon (because I left Atlanta in the wee hours!) so I spent a couple of hours in the little town exploring. There are a lot of Amish in this area, and a great little Amish shop called The Wood Shed where you can buy Amish-made products. There are also a couple of antique shops, too. This is also the home of Bush’s Beans and they have a HUGE facility right on the edge of town. Population of Augusta is only 1460, so I was pleasantly surprised at the shopping options available. We’ll have some time Wednesday to get out and about again so I’ll try to get some pictures to share – it was storming yesterday afternoon so no pictures!
The retreat is being held at Bridge Creek Cottage here in Augusta. This is a wonderful facility, sleeps 20 but with just 12 of us here there is plenty of room to spread out. We have a personal chef, Jason, who fed us a fabulous meal last night. I did get a picture of the beautiful table setting that Terry and Roseann put together for last night’s dinner, but I didn’t get any pictures of the food. Trust me, it was yummy! Roseann is so creative, and she taught me how to make the adorable paper flowers! Hope I can remember when I get back home.
Here’s LouAnn getting comfy on the Bernina that Laurel brought for me to use. I was so happy not to have to lug my machine from Georgia to Wisconsin, even though I was a little intimidated by the Bernina. No reason, it is a SWEET machine!
We broke up into teams for the evening and made one of Terry’s new patterns, Pie Crust Pile-Up. It was great fun, and all the quilts turned out beautifully. These will be donated to charity. This is one of the patterns I picked up at Spring Market.
That’s it for the Day 1 recap. Everyone is up and about now and we’ll be getting started soon. Another full day is planned – two new projects from Terry! Plus today is also massage day – so far I’ve resisted, but I may give in later on, we’ll see. I’ll introduce you to everyone who is here later on; everyone is so nice and it is like being with a group of trusted friends even though most of us just met yesterday!
I’ll try to keep posting updates for you, but don’t worry if I don’t get to it…just know that I’m having so much fun there is no time for blogging!