Last weekend I attended the Cobblestone Quilt Guild's annual retreat - the "Glitzy Garden Getaway" - in Portsmouth NH. Not only did I have a great time, but I came home with more stash then I set out with! Above is a photo of a bunch of goodies including fat quarters and notions, a garden-themed table centerpiece and a gift certificate I won, little "treats" that were left at our sewing stations throughout the weekend, and a cute flower wrist pincushion, table runner and butterfly kits that were given out to everyone at registration... it was like opening a Christmas stocking for three days straight!
This is a close up of the "candy" we were given at the retreat - the first is very low calorie, the second was attached to a bag of M&M's, but the chocolates barely made it in my front door before my daughters gobbled them up! Cute ideas.
At checkout we were all given a bag filled with more goodies, including the smaller pieces of fabric shown here and a few books I forgot to photograph. We also had a silent auction over the weekend and I bought the 14 yard bolt of pink and white diamond fabric above at $2.50 a yard! I know exactly what it's going to be used for, too - hopefully a kids' room project I can finish next month to coordinate with the new bedding I'm finally finishing up.
I had donated this stack of 15 half yard cuts of Joel Dewberry's Bungalow fabrics and the coordinating Turning Cartwheels pattern from Quilt magazine (Oct/Nov 2013) to the auction... and then my mom won the bid for them and gave them back to me as a thank you for taking her along for the weekend! Yippee! I love this line!
But this was my piece de resistance at the auction - I won this beautiful recently quilted throw made from vintage blocks for just $20!! Can you believe that? I've been crushing hard on red and white quilts for a while now, so I'm excited to add this to my collection and it's happily brightening up my living room at the moment : )
How about you? Do you have a recent stash steal of a deal? Any great leads on retreats and getaways that you've loved?
Linking up with Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.