Sunday, September 7, 2014

my first patchwork at the peaks quilting retreat

from Busy Needle Archive  of Retreats 2012
Summer vacation is coming to a close here in Bavaria. Just one more week and the kids will be starting another school year filled with new events and a new teacher. Here in Germany, the kids usually will share the same teacher for the first two grades as well as the Third and Fourth Grades.We just have to get the back to school shopping done, and we are ready to get going again.

And when the kids are back in school, I too get to "play" a little too. I am very excited about two events: the European Patchwork Meeting from September 18-24 and Patchwork at the Peaks at the end of the month. Both of these are two new events for me, and I am totally excited about them! Two different events in the same month both in France. I am so psyched up!

The first Convention/Exhibit takes place in Alsace. I was told by my patchwork group that it is one of the most amazing events and locations to go to. The entire area (several villages) are decorated and cater to the patchwork scene. It must be amazing!! I can't wait to go.

And then there is the long awaited patchwork retreat in the most picturesque setting - a chalet in the French Alps! This is an unterstatement! This long awaited event takes place from October 2-5, 2014! I will be able to enjoy 100% sewing time in the most serene setting of changing leaves, beautiful fall skies, snow capped mountains, and enjoying a warm fire (maybe) in the fireplace in the evening followed a dip in the bubbly hot tub. No cooking, no cleaning, no kiddies, no spouses - just pure pampering and enjoyment. I will be greated and hosted by the charming and whitty, Elita Sharpe. She is another American who fell in love with European culture, enough so, to make it her home.

You are warmly welcomed and invited to the Patchwork at the Peaks Retreat! If all spaces are booked out, book in advance for spring or fall of 2015. Elita offers her fantasy retreats twice a year. Life doesn't get any better than this!

In preparation for the big event, I designed this simple paper pieced leaf pattern to demonstrate how you can use up all of those scraps in your scrap bin. My daughter and I whipped up this little zippered pouch just yesterday using the six inch leaf pattern. It is totally easy to make!

I have lots of more goodies to show at the retreat using this pattern, so stay tuned for more pictures and retreat talk.

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Oh jeeeeeeee, ich sollte da doch etwas Probe nähen.
    Wie ich sehe wird der September ein sehr spannender Monat für Dich!

  2. Wow karen, that is wonderful! Perfect activities for october! I so wish i could be there too, but sadly i have to work those days. I am looking forward to the quilt show in veldhoven in the netherlands. That is luckily during my autum vacation.
    Your leaf pattern is gorgeous!

  3. what a wonderful september you are going to have, love visiting quilting exhibitions, so inspiring

  4. Liebe Karen,
    Du hast eine ganz interessante Zeit vor Dir! Genießen es.... Das kleine Täschchen ist ganz hübsch geworden!
    Allerliebste Grüße

  5. I'm drooling over your plans, esp. your retreat in the Alps! Love the little bag. You are so clever.

  6. how incredible - that retreat in the Alps looks fabulous. I love your little leaf pouch. Have fun!


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