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Friday, September 24, 2010

Catching up

Yes, I know, I know! I've been back from Michigan almost an entire week and I haven't posted anything yet. I am going to rectify that for sure today (and probably later today too).  The week in Elk Rapids, Michigan was wonderful, as usual, with all my friends, and I made some new ones, too. My local friend Carol and I arrived on Sunday and met up with Wendy from California. We toodled around, got our groceries, kicked back and relaxed on Sunday night. On Monday, we decided to drive around the Leelanau peninsula which included the Sleeping Bear Dunes, a lighthouse stop, as well as our favorite place for cherry pie.
We started at Traverse City, then drove north to the point
That's me, just halfway up the interior side of the dune.
Wendy, Carol, and Sharon at the base of the dunes.
A beautiful drive about 7 miles further to the northernmost point of the peninsula brought us to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at Northport.  A beautiful and rugged part of the peninsula, but we were the only ones there.  It was so peaceful and relaxing, we could have just curled up and stayed the rest of the day!

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse has been guiding ships and sailors since it was built in 1852.

At the lighthouse
View of Lake Michigan from the lighthouse path
At the end of the driving loop was Suttons Bay, a lovely little town with white picket fences and a most wonderful garden and florist shop.  I just couldn't figure out how to pay for the glass flowers or stow the owls in my suitcase or they would be located in Missouri right now!
Suttons Bay Florist shop lawn
Hoot, hoot!
Tuesday was the first day of the retreat, with people arriving, and we still had time to play around until late afternoon.  We did a little more shopping and antiquing here and there.  Of course, no trip to this part of the country isn't complete for me unless I go to Charlevoix.  I just love this little town, and the quilt shop there is just lovely!  Hearts to Holly always remembers us from year to year, and they have a marvelous selection of stuff that is very tempting!
Carol and I at the bay in Charlevoix.  Such a beautiful place!
So, back to the lodge, and here's the view from our window we had while sewing.  I'd post another picture of the view from our window, but it's much the same - the trees were just in a different place!
View of Elk Lake from our window every day.
Each year, Gwen brings a quilt and has it in the frame.  This year, there was a hand quilting demonstration as Nancy, Dawn, Marge and Unis quilted in the afternoon one day.  I think it was more a Tom Sawyer move on Gwen's part!
Quilting Bee at the retreat
I'll post photos of what the gals worked on this year for the Liberated Quiltmaking II theme.  I just took  Hubby's shirts (along with some thrift store finds) and this is what I accomplished.  I am going to really like this, but it's slow going for sure.  Inspired by Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville and the process was streamlined by Gwen Marston.
Just Shirts
 That's it for this installment.  More pictures and tall tales to follow soon!


quiltmom said...

It looks like such a gorgeous place to go for a retreat- what a wonderful view to have while sewing.
I love your shirt stars- lots of pieces but it will be a real beauty when you are finished.
Thanks for sharing.

Teresa said...

OH my goodness....I loved reading through your posts today. I had not seen many of them, and I think bloglines must be responsible for that. There seem to be quite a few on the other sites that I had not seen either. Looks like you have been having quite a bit of fun.