June has been a great month so far - I got to attend Summer Camp at Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin! This was their Grand Old Flag retreat, held June 10-15, and it was fantastic - 5 1/2 days of quilting, cross-stitch, eating and shopping (not always in that order). We even had root beer floats and S'mores one night, to make a complete camp experience. The weather was great, and lots of the attendees thought they should move to Wisconsin. (PS - The weather isn't always like this!)
All the projects had a Civil War/patriotic theme, and the store made up kits for each of our projects. If you know this store, you know how beautifully they wrap and tie their kits. I never want to take the kit apart, because it's too pretty!
Our project Monday and Tuesday was presented by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts. This project was Sampler Star.
On Tuesday evening, Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me started her projects - a cross-stitch box and scissor fob, and a Gettysburg 1862 Sampler. Among other things, she taught us how to stitch over one thread. That's something I didn't know how to do and have always avoided patterns that have it, but I won't now that I know the tricks! We had stitched the pieces for the box ahead of time, so she taught us some finishing techniques for this cute box.
On Thursday, Carol Hopkins (Civil War Legacies patterns) started teaching her two projects. The first was a fun table topper, which I guess I don't have a picture of. That top is also done. On Thursday night, we had a trunk show from Carol and Linda. They showed some current projects, as well as some beautiful and interesting antique quilts and samplers they own.
On Friday, Carol taught her Sampler Baskets quilt. All the patterns were created for this retreat.
These pieces were small - the tiny squares in the top middle basket finished at 1/2". Carol had some good tips and tricks for us, too. My version of this quilt just needs the borders added. I loved all the color combinations the store picked for our quilts.
Then on Saturday, we worked on this until time to go home. All week we had wonderful food, sometimes prepared by employees of Country Sampler, and sometimes we walked to local restaurants. They also had great desserts and treats for us, and lots of door prizes. This store really knows how to put on a party!
All in all, it was the perfect week and I can't wait until 2014.