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Retreat Day Two

Just a quick check in from our retreat from reality. Today, we drove into Sisters for lunch and some retail therapy. I found a store with wonderful hand-dyed roving and silk hankies (essential silk roving).

Can’t wait to play with this.

We also went to the famous Stitchin’ Post quilt shop owned by Jean Wells.

I purchased some half price ugly fabrics for quilt  backs. Something I love to do.

I also saw more lovely Aspen groves.

I am inspired to make more Aspen quilts even though Terry tells me they are as cliche as heron quilts.

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6 Responses to “Retreat Day Two”

  1. Sheila says:

    Terry, I’m glad you clarified because I thought that was a little harsh. I work so much with the equivalent of aspens – birches – and at one point wondered if I was making too many, but someone told me the same thing as Kay above and I decided I hadn’t said everything I wanted to say about birches. As you so aptly note, these images can indeed be cliche, but our job and challenge is to find something new to say, something definitely not cliche.

    Gerrie, I laughed when you noted the aspens at the retreat. Once I fixated on birch trees, I started seeing them everywhere, and sometimes it felt like they were following me!

  2. Terry Grant says:

    OK, now I really didn’t quite say that! First of all, NOTHING is as cliche as a Heron quilt and second, it came up because I mentioned that I am thinking about making an aspen quilt, because I think there is a great challenge in tackling a subject that has become something of a cliche and making it your own. Gerrie’s aspens always defy the cliche!

  3. Karen Rips says:

    Loks like a great day.

  4. jane davila says:

    The last couple of times I was in Sisters there was a swoon-worthy store called Bedouin filled to the rafters with uber cool stuff. It would be totally worth it to go all the way back to Sisters just for that store!

    Glad you guys are having fun. 🙂

  5. Kay Sorensen says:

    As you continue to make those aspen quilts remember you are on a journey and who knows where that journey is leading you?

  6. kathy says:

    Uuuuwweeee!…those fabrics ARE ugly! Sounds like a fun trip though and maybe Terry is not always right…!