Ben Franklin Quilt Retreat II

This weekend I had the delightful opportunity to teach, for the second time, at the Ben Franklin Retreat held in the Osthof Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. Last year it was sunny and near 60 degrees the entire weekend. I drove up this year in snow flurries (but no accumulation on the ground), checked into my room and 15 minutes later – this was the view out my window:

Osthof-2016

After a delicious dinner, stitching with friends, chatting with my roommate, Kathy Frye (until after midnight), and a good night’s sleep, we woke up to this!

Oshof-2016-clear

Beautiful, but cold – I thought it was supposed to be Spring!

The theme this year was “Piece & Love”, with an emphasis on the hippie generation! These are the organizers (or should I say instigators?) of the event, ready for a groovy day (Audrey Hepburn joined in the fun 🙂 ).

BF 16 hippies-and-audrey

I taught my Repliqué words technique from my “Snuggle and Learn Quilts for Kids” book, to make the words “Peace”, “Love”, and “Joy” (please note these are 3 separate quilts and I didn’t stay with the psychedelic theme – I made “Love” in Valentine colors, and “Joy” for Christmas):

Peace-Love-Joy

At last year’s retreat I taught a class on taming a wild pile of scraps and orphan blocks into a fun quilt. I call it Scrap Happy (to access that post click here!):

Scrap-Happy-web

At this year’s retreat Chris brought her completed top back!

Chris' Scrap Happy quilt

I recently received the following picture from Mary, a student in my Scrap Happy class at WCTC. She took the original idea and made it her own:

Mary-Haas-Scrap-Happy

She said: “Since your class in October of 2014, I’ve been playing with the strips we made and trying to finish it.  I just don’t have many orphan blocks and couldn’t find any way to make it work.  My fabric choices were pretty intense, and seemed to fight with anything I tried.  (Also, I get overwhelmed by large quilts and filling up all that space.)  So, instead of surrounding the center medallion with the strips diagonally, they worked better laid vertically in a strippy quilt.  This is how it is finally turning out.  Thanks for your inspiration.”

Kudos to both Chris & Mary!

There were over 80 attendees at the retreat, with many wonderful projects and fun ideas.

BF-retreat-2016-group

I found this idea especially delightful. Nina keeps her grandchildren close in her thoughts while quilting:

BF 16-Nina's-pics

A fun time was had by all!

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I’d like to end this week’s post with a thank you to everyone who sent me offers and suggestions concerning my quest for a stain glass light to go over the counter in my kitchen. I wanted one that would look nice with the lamp I have over the dining room table. I was amazed when Jeanne Kline sent me a picture of a lamp she had loved, but had no need for any more. She couldn’t bear to dispose of it, so she’d stored it for years. It was the perfect fit – and I love it. Thanks so much Jeanne!

stain-glass-lamps


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