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Alumni Winter Escape 2013
Fun Report

Oh, how I look forward to each Alumni Retreat! It’s so much fun to see everyone again, to catch up with each other’s lives, and to see each other’s WIPs (Works In Progress) and completed projects!  Sometimes our Show ‘n Tell goes on the entire retreat! 

This Alumni Retreat was held in Mystic, CT, our old haunt. There were 33 attendees that came from CO, CT, DE, MA, ME, NJ, NY, RI and Ontario.  There were several first-timers that joined us and they were great additions!

At the Alumni Retreat each person brings whatever they’d like to work on.  The variety of designs is just amazing to see!  We do a lot of stitching, but there is a lot of gabbing and giggling going on. Every so often we heard of a “finish” and we all cheered and admired it.

Hildie & Sharron with their WIPs.

 

 

Jaime

 

Lauren

 

 

 

 

Barbara & Linda

 

Terre & Barbara

 

 

 

 

Virginia & Deb

 

Sharron - Ta-da!!

 

 

 

 

Louise & Janice

 

Linda

 

 

We had generous donations for our Fun Packs and doorprizes!  They came from A Sweet Stitch, Calico Crossroads, Celebration of Needlework, Chris’s Collection, Elizabeth’s Designs, Giulia Punti Antichi, Jeannette Douglas Designs, Kreinik, Morning Glory Needleworks, Nordic Needle, Praiseworthy Stitches, Rosewood Manor, Tempting Tangles, The Prairie Schooler, ThreadworX, Victoria Sampler, With My Needle, and Karen Capello, a friend of Stitcher’s Hideaway!

 

 

Cynthia with doorprize from Jeannette Douglas Designs

 

Diane with doorprize from With My Needle

 

 

 

 

Elsie with doorprize from Karen Capello

 

Hildie with doorprize from Praiseworthy Stitches

 

 

 

 

Peggy with doorprize from Morning Glory Needleworks

 

Janice with doorprize from Rosewood Manor

 

 

 

 

Donna with doorprize from Rosewood Manor

 

Darlene with doorprize from
Morning Glory Needleworks

At this retreat we had an optional stitching exchange. All participants stitched up something to do with Spring and finished the stitching in some way -- framed, ornament, etc.  The variety of objects was awesome!

It was very difficult to choose from among such pretty packages!

 

 

 

 

Diane

 

Donna

 

 

 

 

Darlene

 

Elsie

 

 

 

 

Ellen

 

Melissa

 

 

 

 

Jaime

 

Janice

 

 

 

 

Liz M.

 

Liz L.

 

 

 

 

Peggy

 

Terre

 

 

 

Roberta

 

 

 

Afterwards we displayed them together so that we could take pictures!

We had yummy meals catered by Mystic Market, and with each of us being on our own stitching schedule, many of us lingered long over meals and just enjoyed each other’s company. 

Chris & Pam had set up a fabulous shop for us and we had a great time seeing many new designs and products straight from a recent market.  OH, boy.  Did we ever shop! Hee-hee!

I was given a lovely gift of winter accessories. Who knew I’d look like such a hot babe in braids?  I just know that you’re all jealous!  Probably GREEN with ENVY!  Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Show ‘n Tell was great!!!  What a variety!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gayle & Melissa hung out in the lobby at times to watch over the newest addition to their family -- Savannah Rose!

 

 

 

Stitching Buddies - Hildie & Sharron

 

 

 

Linda demonstrated the many accessories she could attach to her magnetic needle minder when attached to her ear!

 

 

 

 

Deb with doorprize from Morning Glory Needleworks

 

Karen with doorprize from Jeannette Douglas Designs

 

 

 

 

Ellen with doorprize from Karen Capello

 

Joanne with doorprize from With My Needle

 

Kathy with doorprize from Morning Glory Needleworks

 

Virginia with doorprize from Praiseworthy Stitches

 

 

 

 

Sharron with doorprize from Jeannette Douglas Designs

 

Roberta with doorprize from With My Needle

 

What a fun time we had!  For a stitcher it’s just the best -- spending 2 full days and nights with other addicts, admiring each other’s work, and furthering our own addiction!  LOL!! And now I’m looking forward to the 2014 Alumni Events!!

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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