Augusta 2009

IMG_9091Rita and I started on our excellent quilting adventure bright and early on Monday morning.  I managed to get everything I had packed into Rita’s van and off we went.  Traffic wasn’t bad and we got to the Sew Little Time Quilt shop in Hudson just as scheduled at 9 am. . . . Unfortunately, summer hours were in force and it didn’t open up until 10 am.  No problem for Rita and Jan, always prepared; we donned our tennies and took a walk.  By the time we got back, the rest of the entourage had arrived and the owner couldn’t help but notice and invited us in early.  Yay!

 

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Shopping was fun as always, especially since there was a fat quarter sale.  

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After making some purchases, we reboarded our vehicles and moved on to Menomonie to have lunch at the Green Mill.  After being refueled with food and conversation, we started the last leg of the itinerary.  

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Some people stopped at Weavers in Fall Creek.  If you haven’t been there they have a remarkable selection of food.  

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The rest of the group headed straight for Augusta and Bridge Creek.  We hurriedly unpacked and set up our sweat shop – well, not really, it was nice and cool in the sewing room!

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We got right down to it, unloaded our snacks . . .

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 and beverages . . . . .

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and started producing our projects.   I decided to start with something quick and easy, so I worked on my pair of  “Is my grandbaby a boy or a girl” runners.  One was blue for a boy and the other pink for a girl.

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Next I moved on to putting the last border on my Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt for Baby S (did I mention I’m going to be a grandma for the first time in September ? 🙂

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Then on to another pair of runners.  One was red with green and the other green with red.  Did I say those were my favorite colors?

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Here’s Mary’s Heritage Club quilt.

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. . .  and Rita’s black and white beauty.  I think it would look great in my house.

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Shirley made a cute baby quilt.

 

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And Cindy showed off her Jo Morton pink and brown beauty.

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There were lots of thinks to admire on the design walls.

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A close up of Sue’s wedding quilt.

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On Tuesday we were up for a little field trip to Fall Creek. Although small, it’s an interesting town. Deb, Rita and I ate lunch at Grandma’s little hometown diner .  

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Next we were off to check out a quilt shop in town called Yard Work.   I love the name.  It’s full of many bargain fabrics and run by some very friendly people.

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Back at Bridge Creek, an intense afternoon of sewing left us all hungry.  Jason came to the rescue.  He’s the owner of Tep’s Drive In in Augusta and agreed to cater a meal for us.  It was fabulous.  

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We had an amazing amount of fabulous food:

Egg Rolls

Tossed Oriental Salad with Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, and Spring Mix with Toasted Sesame Peanut Vinegrette and Ramen Crunch

Sweet and Sour Pork                                                                         Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry  and                                                   Sesame Garlic Broccoli and Beef

Noodles and Fried Rice

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Dessert was Crisp Fried Wontons topped with Coconut Milk Ricotta Cheese and Fresh Berries.

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Man cleaning kitchen!  Could it get better?

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Lots more quilting.

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The Gussie Awards.

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Some good laughs.  No, I’m not explaining this one.  What happens in Augusta, stays in Augusta.

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We had our farewell dinner on Wednesday night at the Black Bear Supper Club. 

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We had to stop at the most photographed spot in Wisconsin (again) but it’s a place you wouldn’t easily tire of.

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We managed to sew 39 pillowcases for charity. ( Pat on the back.)

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I am so grateful to be a part of this great group of women.  

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Finally, it was time to pack up for home.

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Some of us went home with a few things more than we brought.

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Good bye to Bridge Creek for another year.

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Only 350 some days till next year.  I’m counting, because I can’t wait to go back again.

As my fourth graders often say at the end of their writing. . . . .

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THE END!!!

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2 Responses to “Augusta 2009”

  1. Keisha Says:

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. I was so bummed that I couldn’t make it this year. Next year, next year!

  2. Carolyn Says:

    I love to read how other quilters enjoy their retreats. Sounds like you are a fun bunch. And you are very productive. We also bring beverages!

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