My day began with an early morning walk with Elizabeth and Debbie...we took an hour long walk in the area - we walked to the La Salette Shrine up the Shrine hill to the statues representing the Apparition and had quite a view from the top - the Shakers called this scenic area "Chosen Vale". The blue waters of Lake Mascoma, the birch, pine, and maple trees, and the surrounding hills and mountains are a breathtaking sight...and seeing it first thing in the morning with a light fog was a great way to start the day!
After our power walk and getting cleaned up, I headed down to breakfast and met up with Bree, Elizabeth, Angela, Debbie, and Vicky. We decided to make a trip to ABC Stitch Therapy first, then head to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. Our trip to ABC lasted a bit longer than anticipated, as there was so much eye candy to peruse...we were there for almost three hours (and this was knowing we would return for shopping and a tea party during the event). I picked up a couple things - some specialty pins (my favorite - Puntini Puntini), the limited Liberty Hill "Halloween Night Scissor Block", and a Homespun Elegance "Bird Pincushion Box".
With six people, we decided we needed to take two cars to Keepsake Quilting - after a comedy of errors and several wrong turns, we finally made our way to Center Harbor....it was a long, but scenic drive...and I was so thrilled everyone humored me, so I could visit this quilting mecca. After a quick bite to eat, I couldn't wait to get shopping...after all, this shop was on my bucket list and we were short on time. The manager was kind enough to let me take some photographs, just as long as I did not photograph their quilts....and the staff was quite helpful with all my questions and purchases. There was a fabulous Halloween display when you entered the shop...and rows and rows of fabric - I was in heaven...and again I found some stash I will have to ship home...but what's new?!...
I could have stayed quite a bit longer, but it was getting late and we still had to drive back to the Dwelling House in time for the tour and reception...luckily Bree is a fabulous driver with a great sense of direction and she got me back quickly and safely (thanks again Bree!). When we arrived back at the Enfield Shaker Museum, all of the attendees for the retreat had arrived and I got to see many long distance friends...I knew Sue, Ruth, and Patty would be there and I was excited to see their smiling faces! We got a short tour of the Enfield Museum, then headed to the reception for a lovely meet and greet, followed by some late night stitching.
Saturday and Sunday were jam packed with needlework, laughter, and fun. I spent most the days teaching and working with the students...and of course I stayed up late and giggled! I thoroughly enjoyed the first retreat and was excited to see many of the attendees finished a piece in the project....a handful even finished their Shaker chair.
This morning it was time to say goodbye to the first group...now that they are all a part of my needlework family, I hope to see each individual again soon! To those in attendance - thank you - it was truly my pleasure to have you in class....I appreciate all the kind words, support, and hospitality you showed me and hope our paths will cross again soon...hugs to you all....
So now, I am off to bed - Nataly is taking me on a scenic tour tomorrow before the evening events (so I will take lots more photographs)...I can't wait to meet the second group of attendees - it is going to be a great, fun-filled week!