Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 OMA's Quilt Retreat

OH BOY this has been one hectic long week!  First last weekend was the Lace Retreat with two workshops I signed up for, then a rushed shortened work week with evenings madly trying to finish off my two years' ago decorating OMAs Quilt Retreat tote to bring this year, to packing and getting ready to roll!!!  So finally Thursday evening I did the last stitching on my tote and packed up my sewing projects along with clothes and went to bed (late that is)!  I also packed my completed Man's Shirt apron from last year's project.

Thursday morning up early, packed up the van, headed south for my 9:30 hair appointment, hilites and cut, with a new hair stylist and I love it!!!  It felt great after she'd done the cut and then styled it the way I said I do it - AWESOME!!!  Then headed west to my sister's for lunch and packed her stuff into the van and headed across the city east to a new quilt shop, Keystone Quilts for a bit of shopping, then north on Hwy 59 to South Beach Casino, the home of OMAs quilt retreat!  Yeppers some gambling along with LOTS n LOTS of sewing and EATING and visiting with friends.

Again this year we arrived Thursday instead of Friday and purchased South Beach's Stay n Play package - buy one buffet and get one free (we had two of those - one for Thursday and one for Friday suppers) and enjoyed lunch in the bar at a discount too!  Also we each had two coupons to buy $25 and receive $10 more in gambling vouchers.  Well this year I not only broke even but also brought home some extra cash - YAHOOIE!!!  Not much but doubled my initial $50 startup monies.  All I can say is my heart rate was escalating real fast as the bells rang for each of the five large wins I had.  The last one when it finished ringing I hit cash out and walked out!  Enough for me.  LOL!

One of the gals had her hubby make up the "scissors headbands" - everyone got a kick out of seeing the four friends with different coloured scissors - the handle half behind one ear and the blades half behind the other ear - like growing out of one's head.  Here is Adiena modelling Jackie's.

First thing I did was finish off my OMAs tote from two years ago.  Then put it away until the show n tell for Sunday.  After that I pulled out Mike's retirement quilt project and had lots of fun preparing it and by mid-Friday finished off what I could do - just love it (picture to follow when finished)!  It received tonnes of compliments and even some asking if I'd make more - who knows!!!  But don't worry Mike I won't use your silhouette!   

Then I started this year's quilt retreat project - a reversible apron.  I bought some funky fabrics basically cause there was a windup lobster on it which is what we have Thursday for supper here!  And yes again with no pattern on Friday, just Adiena's sample aprons on the table and I sailed right though it too.  Saturday with finishing instructions and a copy of the pattern which I did not follow, I finished off my apron with lots of decorative top stitching.

Next I pulled out Alan's retirement quilt project and proceeded to stitch it up using my own table topper as a guide.  NOW this one gave me major grief and I even went to the lounge for a presupper ceasar to relax some before tackling it again in the evening.  Dang it did not help but I persevered and finally after midnight I finished stitching the blocks together and left only the two end points to work on Sunday.  Those I needed Sylvia's help in cutting out as I only had a small piece of fabric left so no room for anymore errors on my part! 

I did have Adrian's and also Bob's retirement quilt projects with me along with a child's charity quilt project just in case I was really speedy (wishful thinking me thinks) or hit a really bad snag and wanted to switch to something else.  Nope most went smoothly with a couple of exceptions.  And this was a very productive retreat for me quilt-wise!

The only bad part was Sylvia had a cold and not feeling that great but she still had a good time and naturally we all sang Happy Birthday to her and Thelma again!  The good parts are naturally chatting with friends we don't usually see unless at quilt shows etc and naturally all the AWESOME quilty eye candy, especially hearing the OOOOHS and AAAAAHS on our projects!!!  Some of these quilted projects are really beautiful and in colours I would not have picked out at all!  That's good to see - expand my borders!!!
Diane's hockey quilt top for grandson.

Sylvia's charity quilt top.
That's it until next year, October again!

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