I arrived home in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after a wonderful time in Salt Lake City with Cathy K. Then we set out on a scenic drive through Wyoming, and arrived in Estes Park, Colorado to spend from Thursday to Monday morning with the CQI September Shenanigans Group. What fun we had! Some of the ladies I knew from the 2009 Retreat, but we had grown in number and I enjoyed putting names to Internet faces for the new ones. There were 18, and on Saturday, 19 of us teaching, learning, sewing, beading, etc. etc. in a spacious 6-bedroom cabin, 7,000 odd feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains. The four guys in charge of CQI did a wonderful job of organizing the Retreat - thank you to Kerry, Lesley, Cathie and Hideko.
Above is Arlene's basically beaded RR block that spent some time up in the mountains while I worked on it. Below are close ups.
|This is a bouquet of lavender.|
|Feather stitch with a few added fantasy flowers!|
|A seam of sequin flowers and beaded leaves|