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the joe retreat: session two

the joe retreat: session two

By Patricia Belyea

HThe Joe Retreat 2015OOD 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.

Scissors snapped, cutters rolled, sewing machines buzzed as Joe wanted “more sewing and less thinking.”
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The first project played with words.
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The second project encouraged the use of figurative elements.
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The third project interpreted traditional quilt patterns with accumulations of repetitive blocks.
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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.Julie Paschkis at The Joe Retreat 2015

Late afternoon walks included strolls to nearby Alderbrook Resort where chum salmon fought their way up a raging stream to spawn.

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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!

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It’s impossible to tell the story of the Retreat and not rave about the good food.
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All in all, it was an experience that pushed past comfort zones and produced exciting new work. The Joe RetreatFor 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


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4 comments to “the joe retreat: session two”

  1. Kae Eagling says:

    Thanks Patricia for posting all the photos of both sessions. It was really fun to see people that I know attending. 🙂 Kae

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Kae—Having The Joe Retreat in our own backyard gives local gals a chance to attend. We also had a participant from Hawaii and one from Virginia! Best, PB

  2. Susie Wolcott says:

    Thank you

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Susie—You are one of the reasons The Joe Retreat is so fab. Your ability to create designs that are unexpected help others stretch in new ways. PB