Winter Quilt Retreat 2013

We couldn’t have picked a better weekend to lock ourselves inside with our sewing machines and fabric!

The 12th Annual Patches & Prints Quilting Retreat, at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, was three days filled with lots of sewing, sharing, and catching up on a few projects.

Friday started out a little slower than expected due to our first real snowfall in the midwest, but by late Friday morning, the sewing machines were humming.

This was the first year that we did not feature classes as part of this event. Instead, everyone brought their UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and it seemed like we were all working on something different! Whether we were stitching wallhangings, tablerunners, kids’ quilts, hexies or unfinished blocks, we all managed to get a lot accomplished throughout the retreat.


Barb was super-productive this weekend!


Mary’s log cabin tablerunner


The Cat in the Hat – Ellen’s kids’ quilt


Sharon’s Postcards from Hawaii with actual Hawaiian fabric


Flying geese blocks for Ginny’s Stars Over Lundar Beach


Mary’s beautiful batik quilt and Lori’s Star Trip


Nancy’s hexagon quilt – what was she thinking? Y-seams?


Bernice is always making kids’ quilts to donate to her Silver Threads group at St. Alexius.

We also saw a fair share of small, even super tiny, blocks this year. Check out the size of the blocks compared to the I-Phone!


Laura’s Dear Jane blocks, or DJ as we call it!


Darlene finished all those tiny little blocks for her 2013 Block of the Month from Primitive Gatherings.

Friday night we had “Show and Tell” with quilts from last year’s retreats along with a dessert reception filled with complementary coffee from the hotel and delicious cookies by Michelle.


Brenda and Debi, the same quilt pattern, String of Lights, totally different look.


Crazy Eights from last year – Lori, Laura and Linda.




Coffee time

You might wonder, does anyone get bored, sewing all day and night long? Absolutely not!

The three days are filled with fun, friends, late night sewing and lots of completed quilts! How could anyone possible be bored?


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