a peek at the retreat
By Patricia Belyea
UNION WA Last week, the 2014 Okan Arts Quilt Retreat took over Saint Andrew’s Retreat House on the Hood Canal for the second year in a row.
Participants, half alumni, eagerly basked in the magical world of quiltmaker Joe Cunningham. Joe took everyone on a journey back in time to examine traditional quilts and encouraged them to use antique design elements to inspire new ideas.
Meet the self-selected quilters who attended this energizing event:
The meals at Saint Andrew’s radiated with healthfulness. Grown in Chef Treacy Kreger’s garden, brought in from the Olympia Farmer’s Market or raised on nearby farms, the food was prepared freshly for an enthusiastic crowd.
In the kitchen, Chef Treacy whipped up crowd-pleasers like creme brulee as well as special plates of food for folks with dietary restrictions.
Back in the workroom, Joe suggested three different directions for projects. Sewing machines buzzed before breakfast, throughout the day, and late into the night with the creative act of sewing fabric together.
After the Farewell Breakfast on Friday morning, it was time to pack up and say good-bye—with promises to re-convene in a year.
2015 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea