A quilting vacation: highly recommend

Sandy writing here after a very full and fun week of vacation at chez Cindy quilting retreat located in Columbus, Ohio. This once-in-a lifetime, by (self) invitation only event allowed me to experience the full sewing immersion therapy that I’ve been craving.

I arrived on Saturday afternoon and after a whirl-wind of unpacking, we sat down over a cup of tea to develop a strategy for the week. We wound up with a list of 16 projects that we wanted to tackle in our 8 days together.

To do list for GBD

Cindy and I are list makers, can you tell?


Tea is essential to the planning process


Norma helped out a lot!

We also got the chance to take a very special trip to Cincinnati — but I won’t be able to share that surprise with you just yet. But while we were there Cindy introduced to me Jungle Jim’s which is a fantastic international foods grocery store that is, well, a little on the crazy (but good crazy) side. What fun we had!

You’ll hear more about the work we accomplished (and it was a lot) soon, but I have to share another amazing experience I had when I got home. I drove home early on Sunday morning so that I could have some pictures taken of my soon-to-be high school senior. Since we had the photographer scheduled I thought it would be a good time to take some family pictures as well. The photographer, Lynn Brennan met us on the farm. I have admired her work for a long time and I was excited to work with her.

And this is what happened:


We got upstaged by a BEAR!!! HAHA

Can you believe she captured this incredible shot???

I’m racing to get caught back up at my pays-the-bills job because our student customers are arriving this week. I know I need to work hard, but I’m still dreaming about sewing!

14 thoughts on “A quilting vacation: highly recommend

  1. rl2b2017 says:

    Good Morning Sandy! WOW – look how close that bear was! Your trip to visit your sister sounds like so much fun. {{Hugs}} I’ll bet those eight days just flew by! I can’t wait to see the fruits of your labors – just the first two items are wrap ups so we should see those soon. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • sandradny says:

      You are correct Roseanne — those finishes were an easy check mark — a little TV time, a little wine time and the bindings were done! All that’s left is the photot shoot. Have a great Tuesday!

  2. Melanie McNeil says:

    Well I just commented and it disappeared! Anyway, so fun to spend quilting time together, and wowee on the bear in your photo! I’ve seen tracks (when traveling) and I’ve seen bears from a distance, but I’ve not been that close to one in the wild.

    • sandradny says:

      I just love to see them! When we were growing up in the 60’s and 70’s there were no bears around. The DEC worked hard to repopulate them in the area. I think it’s a good thing.

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