Thursday, August 19, 2010

Penola Retreat

Last weekend was just delightful - I joined just the nicest lot of girls on a retreat - thank you all!Now, there's a long story to my Clamshells - they were destined for the bin and I really mean it! Late Saturday night I was totally over them - not good enough for me, etc. - Clamshells on the floor! I had a big sleep-in on Sunday and this is what I awoke to - some papers removed, pressed and lots more shells cut out and prepared - I'm still quite fragile at times and I really had to hold back those tears - I can brag and say aren't they just beautiful as I have had so much input from others and yes, I would be happy to share my beautiful friends!
Here's a few of us together - Louise, Carole, Jan then me - don't you just love the tasteful attire - Peter Alexander pants Raelene's shawl and no hair brushed as I forgot my brush!


A gorgeous Bullseye by Wendy - oh, I love it, I do have the book somewhere in the shed, just so old!
Candy's flannelette quilt, how rich and cosy - it was a very chilly weekend!
I just cannot believe this is a stitchery by Carole - it is! - so very beautiful!

Louise's Mariner's Compass - so bright and beautiful. Also chickens in progress by Iris.

Perhaps I should have left this pic to another time - it works beautifully! Janet of Quilstalott has told us about it on Glorious Applique - more to come at another time!

Happy week everyone - hope to do a lot of browsing and chatting!

22 Lovely People said ...:

Deb said...

Lurline, so pleased you had a lovely time. What a wonderful bunch of ladies you went with, so caring and kind. The clam shells are lovely.

Cathy said...

Isn't a retreat so great, and inspiring, great quilts here, I did that chicken one years ago. Lovely clams shells! xo

Chookyblue...... said...

what wonderful friends...........the clam shells do look lovely.........retreats are always fun.........

Maree: said...

Glad to hear from you and that you had a lovely time with the Gals...I recently purchased some Clamshell papers but my fabric is packed for the move...ah well another one for the 'to do'list..Yours are lovely...take care.
cheers

ria vogelzang said...

Hello Lurline, I just discovered your blog a little while ago. I so love the beauties you make.
Friends are truly great! Especially the ones that make you laugh, cheer you up and stand at your side in times of trouble! Hurray for good friends!
Thanks for the beautiful pictures of quilts and friends!
Whishing you a really nice day!

Cardygirl said...

Aren't stitching friends great...they will do things to help when we are fragile...love the clamshells...glad you had fun!

By Hoki Quilts said...

Good friends are just the best aren't they? You know, one day you will look at those clam shells in the finished quilt and remember every step of it's construction, all the smiles, frowns, laughter and, dare I say even some of your tasteful outfits, but what you will probably remember most will be the friends that were there with you while you made it.
Thanks for sharing
hugs
Miche'le

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Quilting friends are just the best..looks like you all had a fantastic time Lurline...

Margaret said...

Glad you had a great retreat! What sweet friends you have! Love your clamshells and all the other quilty goodness!

Sue-Anne said...

Keep going with the Clamshells, they look beautiful! Looks like you had a great weekend with some very caring and special friends.

Frances Leate said...

What a wonderful retreat you all must have had and it sounds like you have some fabulous friends. The clamshells look great and thank you for sharing all the quilts with us. Happy stitching!

Nedra said...

A retreat with girlfriends is the perfect thing after such a challenging year. And they sound like angel friends.
I'm so happy for you.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Yay!! You got out and looks like you are having fun! When you are at a retreat you have to dress for comfort!! And I for one think you look great!

Julia said...

Everyone looks gorgeous...beautiful work..
Yes, keep going with the clamshells, looking great!
Wish I could have stayed longer that day...so glad you went and had a great time..
Hugs Julia ♥

limpingalong said...

Oh what fun -- I confess my eyes are green! I've never been on a quilting retreat and I would so enjoy doing that. The clamshells look great and I hope you know how fortunate you are for having thes friends!

Mrs Quilty said...

I think those clam shells are amazing!!! What wonderful friends and a fun time you had! What could be better than a quilting retreat! So happy for you to have enjoyed that!

Notjustnat said...

Hi Lurline, I'm glad you had a nice retreat with friends. You look great in the photo, love the hair-do! Hope you getting better. , I miss you! Big hugs Nat

the running chicken quilting said...

Just visited Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK and bought some clamshell interfacing...it gets sewn on the back and then the clamshell is turned inside out to create a nice curve..hope it works! Yours look really lovely.

Kerri said...

Nice to have some beautiful friends to go away with. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Love the clam shells too

Minka's Studio said...

Beautiful clamshells. I love your fabric selections for the clamshells. Keep going with them.

Micki said...

I love your clamshells, and I can see that you had a lovely time with your friends. You all do such great work!
Micki

Dolly Cloth said...

I never tire of looking at your blog,good job.
Rita.