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1998 Quilters Retreat, once again held at the Beacon Motel in Lewes Delaware.

Unlike 1997, this year the weather was perfect, sunny and beautiful.

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Arden, Spike and Dachsie cutting
The retreat started earlier this year,
allowing people more time to get to know one another.
Some people had some last minute cutting to do before classes started.

While some were cutting, others were enjoying a walk on the beach
Stretch and Diamonds at Lewes Beach

Diamonds quilting her lamb.
Friday morning some people shopped at the outlets,
and some did quilting in the pool room.
Carolyn quilting

Friday afternoon we had some quilting demonstrations. Dachsie showed us all how easy stain glass can be, and Ellie showed us several different 3-D blocks.

Friday night the ladies sewed till the wee hours of the morning.

Pansy does some quilting while Wanda and TK get some piecing done.

Saturday morning we had a lecture from Madge Ziegler, "Threads of the Thirties"
This is just one of the unique quilts Madge showed us.

Spike's 30's quilt.

Madge's Sun Bonnet Sue

The Madgical Mystery Quilt was a big mystery, and lots of fun. Although the room was a bit crowded, everyone made do.

Before long they were all sewing,


and ripping,


and sewing some more.

Dachsie, Madge, Rita and Carolyn

Carole left and Carolyn center and Helen right.
I do not have any completed projects to show you, as this was a BIG project. Hopefully one of the ladies in the class will sent me a finished photo someday.
(Maybe I should offer a fat quarter prize for the first photo I get?)

Ellie's class was all hand work, 3D Applique Flowers.

The ladies made a variety of three dimensional flowers.

Pansy and Diamonds working on their flowers.

Left - Ellie gives Bonnie some help
Below - Pat and Penny work on their flowers

While classes were going on,
some people worked on projects
in the pool room.
(Some people went shopping some more.)
Beth quilting
Bang cutting

Wizard and Penny, below and Joan, right.

Saturday night we had show and tell, a favorite part of the retreat. We were once again impressed with everyone's projects.

TK's clamshell quilt

Jerry shows her flying geese
Pat shows us her wreath, which was a previous project she learned from Madge.

Janice helps Dachsie
show us her red,
white and blue stars,
a finished top from
an internet block
swap she did.

TK was surprised with a little skit
and some blocks made by chatters for her wedding quilt.

Sunday morning some people were running around in their jammies looking for coffee,

while Jerry had been up for hours waiting for her morning juice.

Before long the pool room was once again crowded with ladies quilting.
Joan and Pat discuss color options and Bonnie does some quilting on the Mailman's quilt.

Diamonds was determined to finish quilting her project, so that I could show her how to do a mitered binding on it.

And we did, at noon on Sunday.

Rita and Pat
do some quilting
on a guild project.

Janice worked most of the weekend on
this project with hopes of having it done.
She got the top finished,
which I think counts.

Wanda's project for the weekend was this komono quilt. We watched her piecing most of the weekend, and by Sunday morning she had enough completed to give us a hint of how it would look finished.

Wanda, TK and I pose for one more photo before they leave for home.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and before long were saying our good-byes. Most of this years retreaters signed up for next year before leaving, so I know we will see each other again. More good times, and happy memories to be made.

After the retreat, a group of us went up to Lancaster to check out the facilities for next year. Here are two of the shops we will visit during Retreat 1999!

Spike/TN and Charlie Brown in from of The Old Country Store

Bang, CB, Dachsie and Penny at Dutchland Quilt Patch

PS - Diamonds did get her lamb quilt done, and here is a photo to prove it.

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