the joe retreat: session two
By Patricia Belyea
HOOD CANAL WA Session Two of The Joe Retreat, with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea, was the same and different as Session One. Six participants stayed on and new ones joined them. The theme, Folk Ways, focused on making quilt tops with personally inspired ideas.
Artist, author and quilt maker Julie Paschkis joined the Retreat as a special guest. In Julie’s afternoon talk, we learned about her illustrations and children’s books, saw artwork from her newest fabric collection, and took a peek at her upcoming silk scarf design.
Late afternoon walks included strolls to nearby Alderbrook Resort where chum salmon fought their way up a raging stream to spawn.
A wild winter storm created havoc across Washington state and knocked out the power for an afternoon at Saint Andrew’s. Retreat participants pulled out knitting projects, sat and chatted, took a hike, read a book or curled up for a nap. A generator powered the kitchen and one lone machine in the dining room. It was a retreat from the Retreat!
All in all, it was an experience that pushed past comfort zones and produced exciting new work. For an interview with Joe Cunningham +click here
To read a blog post by Julie Paschkis about her experience at the Retreat +click here
Registration for The Joe Retreat 2016 begins in late January. To receive a notification when registration is open, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org