It's been hard to squeeze in blogging this summer because - as I'm sure so many others can attest - it's busy and hot and my kids have kept me on my toes. Plus, just this week I started a new job as library assistant at my children's elementary school, which will keep me even busier (but with books! so that's pretty much perfect : )
Last weekend I did manage to sneak away for a day to the Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge in Wakefield KS, which is just thirty minutes from me, yet worth a much longer drive if you're not as local. I was invited by Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts to join an awesome group of friends that she had visited there with once before; they had such a great time that they returned, and I was fortunate to join them for a day of their long weekend. (And I see why they came back! If anyone else visits, I'd love to hop over and sew with you, too - it's a delightful getaway!)
The Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge is located in a quiet little town about an hour and a half west of Topeka. The owner, Lori, embodies every bit of famous mid-western hospitality, and popped by the day I was there to enjoy our Show & Tell session. The recently built retreat space she's created is lovely - a spacious kitchen and eating area, five bedrooms (that sleep 10) and three bathrooms, and an extremely generous work space. Every quilter had two tables and a comfortable rolling chair, and shared ample design walls, cutting mats and ironing stations, with no shortage of outlets and extra elbow room. It really felt luxurious compared to most work areas I've encountered at quilt classes or retreats.
I used my retreat day to tackle odds and ends instead of one big project, and walked away with some prepared binding, two pillow tops quilted, and good progress on the paper pieced Fractal Quilt that I've been working on for a friend's wedding. The next two weeks are all secret sewing and back-to-school whirlwind, but be on the lookout for Tuesday Treats & my newsletter later this week!
P.S. Curious... what's your favorite retreat space you've visited? I'm always interested in hearing about other great locations to visit!