Monday, March 5, 2012

Ms. 9patchnurse had a GREAT weekend!

I had a great weekend!  One of the best.  Really!  No fooling.  I'm not sure I've ever felt so doggone pampered.  Not even on the cruise ship. The Wild Threads went on retreat, from Thursday to Sunday.  And look who came along, the Purple Couch Gang.  They were allowed along as long as they kept quiet and didn't make a mess.              

Look at this awesome industrial Singer sewing machine.  So cool.  Colleen, the retreat owner used to design and sew drapes and she still uses this machine.   Do you see the cool blocks on the wall?   I'll show some more later in this post so stay tuned.

 How gorgeous is this dining area?  I am completely in love with that light fixture!  Three times a day we gathered here to eat the most awesome food.  Good conversation, lots of teasing, occasional bursts of song, and yes, many calories.

My weekend was filled with little details like this knife.  A colorful little frog on a  butter knife.

 Look at the little mouse under this bench.  Omg, all over this  retreat center, the Double O,  Colleen Tavener has little surprises and details for the observant retreater.

And beautiful artwork pops up in every nook and cranny. 

After years of quilt retreats in alcohol-free centers, what a treat it was to have a little nip at night (and sometimes in the afternoon, lol).  Bellinis, mmmmmm.  Want some Bailey's in your coffee after dinner, how about a beer or a glass of wine?  Yes please. 

Oy, the food was  deelish!  Colleen cooked and stirred and baked and served.  I am a little worried that when I go back to work this week I'll have to go up a size in my scrubs. 


Yeah, yeah, yeah  we did some sewing.  Actually, we got quite a bit done.  My friend, Annette, made some progress on her Tokyo Subway quilt.  Isn't this gorgeous?  I really need to make one.

Shirley was the first to get a finished top.  My picture doesn't do it justice, the fabrics are beautiful.

I made a total of twelve of these octagonal orb blocks.  I found the tutorial here and I'm so glad I decided to make these.  I love them!
My friends in the Wild Threads were nervous to have me blog about our fantastic weekend.  They made me promise to wait until we booked our next retreat.  The Double O Retreat in Paw Paw, West Virginia is a jewel!  Did I mention that Colleen had a massage therapist come in for us?  I had my first massage and it won't be my last.  It was heaven.  We are planning to go back in warmer weather so some of us can go kayaking on the Potomac and there was talk of a bonfire and sleeping outside if we want. 
Janet, for making our arrangements and getting us all there.
Colleen for dreaming big and building such a beautiful place for us to unwind and have fun.


  1. It looks like a fabulous weekend. Food, Friends, Fun and sewing. You go girl!

  2. Woo Hoo, it totally rocked!

  3. Looks like lots of fun...glad you had a great time. Love your blocks!