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a peek at the retreat

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.
2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea

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.
2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia BelyeaMeet the self-selected quilters who attended this energizing event:
2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia BelyeaThe 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.
2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea

In the kitchen, Chef Treacy whipped up crowd-pleasers like creme brulee as well as special plates of food for folks with dietary restrictions.
2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia BelyeaBack 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.
2014 Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia BelyeaRetreatWork3

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.

2014 Retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea

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5 comments to “a peek at the retreat”

  1. clara oleson says:

    Where is this? Washington state? site for costs and registration would be appeciated. coleson@lcom.net

  2. Ann Darling says:

    Looks like a wonderful time.

  3. Shannon says:

    I missed this so much. Good to see all the smiling faces and beautiful creations. Happy that you all had so much fun!

  4. Robin Atkins says:

    Excellent summary and photos, Patricia… looks VERY appealing!

  5. Marilyn Waite says:

    Looks like a great time! Please put me on the list for 2015 with Joe Cunningham!!

    Thanks

    Marilyn

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