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This past weekend nine friends spent three days crafting at the Mechanisburg Crafters Retreat Center. This retreat center is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, just outside of Harrisburg. What a nice little town. Very quaint. We were a group of four quilters, four scrapbookers, and one rug hooker. It was such a great time. Everyone was so productive. The workroom was awesome. It had the best lighting - which is so important when crafting.

The project I chose to concentrate on this past weekend was a quilt top I made several years ago and it has been sitting on the shelf in my closet. I decided it was time to finish it once and for all. I designed this quilt. I love vintage pieces. It started out with the center medallion. I bought the linen piece at an antique show and thought it would look great on a quilt. This particular piece would have lined a basket of rolls and the petals would be folded over the rolls. The fabrics I used are from Connecting Threads.

I spent the retreat machine quilting this quilt. I plan to give this quilt to my niece who will be graduating fron college in May. I did not quite finish, but put a big dent in getting this project done.

Here is a picture:

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Comment by Catherine/TX on September 24, 2014 at 6:31am

Very nice!!  I love it Donna! Your niece will be honored that you had her in mind while making it. What a keepsake this will be for her!

Aren't retreats great for uninterrupted time to get our projects done?  I have a four day retreat coming up in Oct and I can hardly wait!!!

Comment by Janet/MO on September 23, 2014 at 7:17am

Very pretty quilt Donna.  Your niece is going to love receiving it.

Comment by Barb/WI on September 23, 2014 at 6:18am

WOW!  Your niece will love this quilt.  It has been a long time since I've been to a retreat.  I know what fun it is to be among people who share, not only your passion, but understand the need to create in whatever way suits them.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 23, 2014 at 5:58am

Beautiful!  What a great way to showcase vintage linens.  

Comment by Pam/NY on September 23, 2014 at 2:45am

Sounds like you had a great time! The quilt is gorgeous....very unique and your niece will be thrilled!

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 22, 2014 at 9:25pm

Retreats are so good for us. What a charming quilt! I'm sure your niece will treasure it.

Comment by Roxann on September 22, 2014 at 7:17pm

So glad you all had fun! Very pretty quilt!

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