The retreat was held in Central Florida in a small little town called Sebring. We stayed at the Kenilworth Lodge. It was built in 1916 and you could tell it was quite the resort back in the day. It's not exactly what I'd call a 5-star hotel now, but it was clean, had lots of old world charm and 2 amazing ballrooms.
|The plaque on the outside of the hotel and a few of the antiques in the grand lobby.|
There were 27 of us and I couldn't get over how much space we had. Each quilter was given an 8-foot table so we could really spread out. A local quilt shop provided several pressing stations with irons and even set up a small satellite store in a room just off of the ballroom so we could shop whenever we needed. The owner even left it open in case we needed something in the middle of the night - she just left a note pad on the cutting table so we could keep a running tally of anything we purchased and could settle up at the end of the retreat.
|The ballroom, early Sunday morning. The round table in the foreground was the snack table. The table in the back where people were congregated was the extra large cutting and demo area.|
I think what impressed me most about the space, was how well the staff took care of us and how well maintained the facility was. I honestly expected us to blow a few electrical fuses throughout the weekend but we never did. Think about it - 27 sewing machines, around 20 irons, personal lamps and extra lights supplied by the hotel - that's a lot of amps!
The retreat itself was very informative and fun. We had one of the guild members show us how she likes to mark her quilts for free motion quilting and her techniques on spray basting. We also had lots of great sponsors who provided us with lots of swag, including Aurifil, Art Gallergy Fabrics, Patchwork Threads, May Chappell, Soak Wash, Connecting Threads, and Robert Kaufman.
I did lots of sewing, of which I'll show in upcoming posts, and I also won this pretty half bundle of fat quarters from Connecting Threads. It's the Good Neighbors fabric line designed by Amanda Jean Nyberg from Crazy Mom Quilts.