Spring cleaning takes back seat to quilters’ fling

At last fall’s retreat at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn, about three dozen quilters gathered for a weekend of sewing, food, laughter and self-indulgence. A similar event, sponsored again by Colorado West Quilters’ Guild, is planned March 8 and 9.

“Busy Basket” is a new wool applique design by Laura Pedge, owner of Laura’s Home of Grand Junction. The kit sells for $24.95, which includes the pattern, and will be available at the 2014 Spring Retreat, scheduled March 8 and 9 at the Wine Country Inn.

Another option for those attending Spring Retreat is Laura Pedge’s “Seasonal Sunbonnet Sue” block-of-the-month. Shown here is the block called “Western Sue.” The finished project, all wool, measures 46 inches square. The cost is $26 a month for 13 months or $16 a month for 13 months (the less expensive version does not include background fabrics). For details, contact Pedge at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Designed by Rhonda Reed for Laura’s Home, this wool applique titled “Sweet Flight” is one of many kits that will be available at the 2014 Spring Retreat. The price is $14.95, which includes the pattern.

Calling all quilters, especially those who are tired of shoveling snow and longing for the crocuses to bloom.

Organizer Mary Spendrup of Fruita has locked in the dates of March 8–9 for the 2014 Spring 
Retreat at 
Palisade’s Wine Country Inn, sponsored by Colorado West Quilters’ Guild.

She admits it’s a bit of wishful thinking on her part, since spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20, but Spendrup figures that a fresh new season will be “just around the corner” by then.

She promises plenty of sewing, laughing and silliness throughout the weekend retreat and welcomes everyone. Attendees do not have to be guild members, and prices are the same for all participating.

A variety of options are available. Quilters may attend for a day or both days with lunches included, take classes or sew on their own projects, or stay overnight in the Wine Country Inn with a breakfast buffet.

Potluck dinners also take place two evenings in the Vintner clubhouse, where a rousing game of dice played for fabric fat quarters ends the evening.

For those interested in taking a class, Laura Pedge of Laura’s Home will have wool appliqué kits for sale and will teach beginning and experienced stitchers.

■ Two of her new designs, “Busy Basket” and a “Seasonal Sunbonnet Sue” block-of-the-month quilt, measuring 46 inches square, will be available.

For details, go to laurashome.com.

■ Wool kits from Rhonda Reed, who designs for Laura’s Home, also will be for sale. Reed’s patterns are “Sweet Flight” and “Thar be Dragons,” a hummingbird and dragonfly respectively.

Pedge says stitchers can bring any project from home and she’ll be glad to help them as well.

■ Ellen Peterson, who taught EP Parade classes at the former Quilters’ Corner, will offer lap-size quilt kits in pre-cut Tonga Treats earth tones for $45. This includes pattern, pre-cuts and background fabrics.

Instructor Peterson is not giving advance peeks at the final outcome, as the end result is a bit of a mystery, which adds to the fun of this class.

You may order these through Spendrup, 970-270-1812 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, with classes starting at 9:30 a.m. Cost for the retreat is $65 for two days, includes two lunches, or $40 for one day, includes one lunch.

Room rates start at $100 a night; contact Spendrup and she’ll make the reservations for you. (And remember, the room comes with a complimentary glass of wine each evening). To check out the accommodations, go to Coloradowinecountryinn.com.

This will be the third retreat Spendrup and her committee have organized. Special gifts, prizes and treats always make the getaway more memorable.

“The retreats have been so much fun,” Spendrup says. “The Wine County Inn is so beautiful, and they treat us like queens.”

So give her a call, schedule a weekend just for you and your quilting friends and maybe you can store that shovel for a snowy day that’s far away.

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