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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Deer Lodge, Montana Quilt Retreat

Eight very happy quilters headed back to our various homes today after one awesome quilting weekend!  Our friend Mary P. won this quilt retreat for 12 people in Deer Lodge, MT at the spring quilt shop hop—she hit the lottery, let me tell you!  The Mountain View Retreat was built by a quilter and quilt shop owner who knows what quilters want and like!  And the icing on the cake—she also owns the local quilt shop—one of the best quilt shops I’ve ever been to!!

Jeane and I were the first to arrive and just walked around in awe—large quilting room complete with sewing tables, individual lights, comfortable chairs, cutting tables, and ironing tables.  The sleeping accommodations were perfectly arranged (we didn’t sleep much) and there was a great kitchen and dining area.  Unlike our previous retreats where food is catered for us we provided our own meals for this retreat with two people taking charge for each meal.  It worked wonderfully!  I just can’t say enough good things about the Mountain View Retreat.  And obviously a lot of other quilters think the same thing—if you go to the website you will see that open dates for retreats are few and far between.

It was a good retreat—I got lots accomplished—Halloween projects, Christmas projects, a couple small quilts made, placemats partially completed.  Everyone attending did some major quilting!  We added a new member—Mary F.’s sister-in-law, Roxie was a delight.  Here are some project and people photos:

IMG_4542Quilter’s Corner in Deer Lodge, MT housed in a former 100 year old bank building. 

IMG_4545Inside the quilt shop

IMG_4547Busy ladies

IMG_4548I can’t for the life of me remember who is in the process of making this stunning lonestar quilt.

IMG_4550The old, historical prison in Deer Lodge—the regular Montana prison is also in Deer Lodge but none of us had to stay there!


Above—another inside shot of the store and one of Jeane’s little winter scene blocks.

IMG_4555Barb and her diet PepsiIMG_4556That must be a hard pattern Mary P.???

IMG_4565Jeane, Mary F. and I made these adorable jack o lanterns.


Roxie with her Mondo bag and Donna with her little table top quilt.

We had such a good, good time—exhausting but good—thank you Mary P. for sharing your “win” with us!!  More tomorrow on another fabulous quilt shop find!

Michael and Emmi picked me up in town this afternoon and we headed up the Boulder.  Just before reaching home I spotted this guy on the other side of the river:



  1. WOW,,,good to have you back!! What a great bear picture....hope Mike had his hand on the 44!!
    Sounds like you had a good quilt outting!! Ms Pat would love that!!

  2. Looks like you had a great weekend in wonderful surroundings. Love the bear pic.

  3. sure sounds like you all had a 'sew great' weekend retreat!!!..lovely jobs on the quilts!!

  4. It sounds like a wonderful time was had by all! Great projects too. You sure have a lot of bears around lately. I would be afraid---

  5. Seems the weekend was about as perfect as could be for quilters. That you stayed out of the Montana prison system is testament to good behaviour! LOL

    Awesome looking quilts. One doesn't have to be a quilter to see(and understand) the amount of imagination and work involved in creating them.

  6. Maybe you should think about making a Bear Quilt? Glad you had a good time at the retreat - looked like a fun quilting weekend.

  7. Glad none of the attendees got rowdy enough to have to visit the other prison in town:)

  8. WOW!! WOW! WOW!! You ladies are having WAY too much fun!! Such lovely projects too!! What a great friend to share her win with you all!! I think we have to go BACK to Montana to visit some of these shops!! Gorgeous!


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