|All of us with the mariachi band!! (Missing a few ladies who came later)|
For the registration packet, we had mini piñatas stuffed with candy, mustaches, pencils, and the itinerary. There were festive cookies as they came in, and a special surprise -- a real live mariachi band!! We wanted the band to be playing to greet our family as they arrived, but most people were early (!) so we just had the band come and entertain us while we set up our sewing machines. It was the perfectly way to get the party started!
|The Mariachi Band|
The first night of our retreat, we always have a trunk show where anyone can show off what they've worked on throughout the year. It's always fun to see what people have to share! We also taught mini classes throughout the retreat; a hexi class, carseat cover, backpack class, and a fun how-to-make-delicious-churros class!
|Students in the hexi class|
Before the exchange on Saturday, we were lucky enough to be able to go a quilt shop early before it opened and get focus fabric/inspiration for what colors we wanted to pick up at the exchange. This was a fun treat! Thanks Thimbles and Threads!
The Block Exchange. So many beautiful colors!!
Because we've been doing this retreat for 19 years now, everyone is good at creating their own unique spin on our focus quilt. These are a few of the quilts that were created during retreat:
|The original Star Dance quilt|
And every once in a while we'll go out to eat at retreat. It's always fun to get out (to a place that can accommodate us!)