Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gruber's Retreat 2014

We just had our fifth Gruber's retreat, and I just can't put into words how much I love these girls! 

Cindy, Amanda Jean, me, Doris, Toni, Mary, Terri and Stephanie 
Michelle and Shelly were missed, but we sewed virtually through Instagram hashtags, texting, and FaceTiming.  Fun, but so not the same.

don't ya love technology?!
We added an extra day this year which still wasn't enough. 

Mary and Doris
During our four days we did our fair share of hugging,

silliness after a day of sewing
and laughing,

pieced all my MCM Bee spiderweb blocks
and sewing,

our one night out
and eating,

collaborative quilt (read more on AJ's blog)

show and telling,

fabric sharing is just one aspect of our sharing

and sharing,

Thanks Soak for the nail polish and Flatter spray!
and primping,

behind of the scenes of our traditional group photo
and picture taking,

gifts from my sweet and creative friends
and of course happy exchanging!

(photo from Toni's IG feed....love her quilt!)

Is it July, 2015 yet?!


  1. Looks like so much fun!

    How did you all start going?

  2. It really was a great weekend! I loved having that extra day this year. I'm so lucky to have you all for my friends. I miss you already. xo

  3. Could not have said it (or illustrated) it better!! Miss every last one of you!!!

  4. How blessed you are to have such wonderful quilty friends. Looks like a great time

  5. So neat that you could go and meet with such lovely women. I know you had a great time, and have formed meaningful relationships with all of them. It was really special that you also made a quilt for Doris. I have no doubt she shed tears when you gave it to her.

  6. I'm always so excited to see everyone's photos from this trip - I've been following a bunch of you for years and it looks like such a special time! So happy you all found each other. :-)

  7. I got the rundown from Cindy and I can tell it's a highlight of her year, too. How fun to spend time together and quilt and talk--love all the "behind the scenes" photos, too! And that quilt for Doris is just spectacular! You guys rock!


  8. I love you all so very much. It's really hard to describe the bond to someone else. I'm so glad I went out of my comfort zone four years ago to spend a weekend with women I did not know. It is one of the biggest highlights of my year.