Monday, June 10, 2013

Tropical storm and quilting

Hi out there in quilt land.  We did OK during/before/after the tropical storm Wed, Thurs, Fri.
As a matter of fact, my GF and I left for our quilt retreat on Thur. AM about 9:30.  After many different ideas, we decided to load everything in my Toyota SUV, and she drove.  Her husband needed his truck for work, and I was worried about her 10 year old van giving out on us.
We just had some showers on the way south, and when we cut off on I-4 towards Orlando had about 15 min. of heavy rain.  We pulled into a Publix (grocery) store parking lot so I could make a pit-stop for a min.  From there only about 20 min. to Mt. Dora and meeting up with GF and her friends there.  Her husband had gotten chicken salad for us for lunches, and we then followed her to the retreat center.  Lovely place!  What we call "Old Florida"  lots of old oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss on a beautiful lake (Lake Yale Baptist Retreat center).  Good lighting, everyone had her own table, lots of pressing stations, cutting stations.
The kitchen staff made sure I knew what was gluten free, there was a salad bar and fresh fruit available, etc.  The rooms were motel-type with 2 double beds in each, our own A/C in room, and a clean bath/shower combo.
I had lots of fun, did some projects, and made new friends.  The lady who ran the retreat limited it to 25 people, and there were about 30 women there from another quilt group there.  One woman drove down from Tallahassee, 2 from GA. one from the west of Fla. and we from Jacksonville.  The others were from the local area there.
WHEETABix--- We call it chipboard.  It is used for construction on walls here, and roofing instead of plywood.  Supposed to be stronger.  But no one in their right mind would use it for a floor in a bathroom.  Mostly in Fla. we have concrete with tile over it for a bath.
Hope the replacement goes well.
Red/white//blue-- I sometimes make a "Quilt of Valor" quilt for the wounded soldiers.  If you need patterns, color, etc they have their own web site.  And yes, lots of people use ecru or off-white.  It is more "traditional" or country.
So, that's my life--visited Mom this morning, doing laundry, waiting for DH to come home for dinner.
Sara in Fla.

2 Comments:

At June 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

Sara - the retreat sounds like it was a lot of fun and that you got a lot accomplished.

 
At June 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Yes, Doris it was wonderful. Sometimes I go on "auto pilot" with the stress of my Mom, and DH's stress at work, I didn't realize that I needed a break from it all. I love Mom and DH dearly, but sometimes need a break!
I had been to our quilt guild's retreat one time, it is always held in March. The oak pollen, combined with the old buildings and terrible food at that retreat center made for a Not-so-good experience. This location, food and timing was much better. More low key also.
Hope you and yours are doing OK.
Sara in hot, humid, Fla.

 

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