More From Connie’s Retreat

Here are more photos from the retreat at Techny Towers – the Courage and Valor project.

Just a few more left for tomorrow. Here is Connie’s model on my table – so easy to see the block.

I am too sad tonight to post any more – March Madness is my absolute favorite 3 weeks of television in the whole year and it, along with all other sports events, has been cancelled. I simply cannot believe this. Sigh.

29 thoughts on “More From Connie’s Retreat

  1. Sharyn Resvick

    Love the block. The retreat looks like such fun. Are we still able to order the book from you?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharyn Rescick – we are sold out but you can order from Martingale online.

  2. Joyce

    I thought about you when I heard it was cancelled.. here in Sioux Falls they’ve declared a state of emergency. Not totally sure why… but everything is cancelled here too. I’ve got a pile of books to read. I haven’t done that in ages. I also have 30 lbs of clay I can play with on the wheel. There is always some project to do. There’s not going to be any sports to watch. Golf has even omitted the gallery!

  3. Karen Gaither

    I love the blocks from Connie’s retreat. I might need to make one block for kitchen table. I love the look on your table.
    I am also sad about March Madness! I didn’t hear if it is totally cancelled or just postponed. I know Opening Day for Texas Rangers is being delayed for two weeks.

    1. Lisa B

      I love the block, in every color way. March madness, not so much. In fact, not at all. (Smile) Sorry for the loss for those that do love it.

  4. Brenda Archambault

    It looks like sports are taking a breather this year. Had been following UConn women’s basketball and was looking to a big finale. Oh well, that’s life. Our health is much more important. Living in a retirement community of 28,000 in Arizona, all of our indoor facilities/clubs have been shut down, for at least two weeks, so I’m using this time to catch up on various projects, including binding, adding sleeves, etc., preparing for our big show next year. I’m sure I’ll find plenty to do. Had been thinking of you today, but it looks like March madness is taking a rest. Hope you’re feeling better every day and will soon be out and about with all of your furry and feathered menagerie.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda A – we should all take this opportunity to catch up on quilting, reading, housecleaning- but will we?

  5. Carmen

    Hard to believe all that is happening with this virus. Omaha is very sad that there will be no College World Series. I have a couple of retreats planned and one is already on hold. I think the second may happen because it is small, and held at my local shop. We shall see.

  6. Pat Smith

    If you live where the weather is still a long way from perfect, the loss of something like March Madness is depressing. I’m watching so many people’s plans going up in smoke. Seeing the ladies sewing together made me want to be at a retreat, too. They look like they’re having a good time.

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    When I heard about the games being canceled, my first thought was YOU!
    It’s getting real serious. I have been sick for 5 weeks, now that I’m on the mend and want to get out, the whole world is shutting down. Just my luck.
    The retreat looks like a blast.
    Your grass pots are such a pop of spring, I love watching them grow.

  8. Connie

    You were the first person I thought of, when i heard they cancelled March Madness.

  9. Donna Sproston

    That block is my next project soon as I make a page of those cute little houses. I made one tonight and and it actually looks like a house! I am awaiting a trip to Mayos and thanks to Country Threads, I have finished a medallion quilt, made a dozen eye glass cases, and two chosen table toppers. What a blessing quilting is!

  10. Sunflower from Michigan

    Oh, Mary! These are my favorite weeks of television also. I think I’m in basketball withdrawal. Michigan was set to play today and the game was cancelled. So disappointing although I know our health is important. Because my husband and I both retired in the last year, we were going to the Detroit Tigers opening day which also happened to be his birthday. Those games also postponed by 2 weeks. I’m starting my vegetable seeds on Monday and I guess I’ll be able to sew instead of watching the games. I’m so disappointed!! Take care. Everyone follow the recommendations and stay healthy.

  11. Launa

    Was planning on basketball 🏀 too. Golf without gallery is ok as I can enjoy the SUNNY weather. Read a few ago that most cases of COVID 19 are aches, tiredness n some coughing!
    My husband has a dermatologist appointment next week n the hospital and clinic have an new rule…everyone has to be tested before entering. Glad for that.

  12. Kathy in western NY

    I thought of you Mary when I heard about the cancellation, among other worthy things having to be cancelled. So much uncertainty and scary times ahead so this is a wake up call to change ways of thinking. I am content to stay distances from groups and get some things done I complained I didn’t find time to do so no sense whining now when I should have some time with church, quilt guild, fundraisers and school musicals cancelled for possibly next two weeks. The grocery stores were mayhem today and hard to believe certain foods , cleaning and paper products are not on shelves.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy in western NY – yes, this is a wake up call for most of us even though I feel very safe and isolated here on the farm in North Iowa. We are not out of anything – yet!

  13. Carrolyn V

    Totally in depression in Washington state over so many sad things….the nursing home deaths, lack of testing ability despite our governors efforts to get them weeks ago, cancellation of events, closing of schools etc etc. I am just thankful we aren’t in an epidemic with even worse mortality rates or living in a war zone like so many in the world. Thank goodness for Friends, quilting and hand stitchery to occupy my days now.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carrolyn V – everything you mentioned is so true! I am being selfish and thinking of myself only because I have looked forward to it all winter as I’ve recuperated. I just kept thinking “I can’t wait till all those good games start!” I talked with some older friends in Poulsbo just last night – I’m worried about them as others are of friends and relatives. Your state has taken a real hit. So sorry.

  14. Sheila

    Thought of you when I heard March Madness was cancelled. I’ll miss it too. But mostly I feel for the college seniors. The tournament was their last hurrah.

  15. Sandy

    It so sad how many events are closed because of the virus. Understanding all this but doesn’t make it easier. My quilt guild had a show this weekend planned and was canceled because of this. Much work put into this hopefully they can reschedule at some point. Thanks for all photos of retreat Connie is at, looks like everyone enjoying themselves. Hopefully you’re feeling better.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Sandy,
      I know how much hard work goes into quilt shows. Did you have a quilt or two you were going to display? If you did can you send a picture of it to Mary ( or is it one of your dirty dozen we have seen )so maybe she can share it in her blog for us all to see your creation? You go through a lot to complete a quilt that it’s a shame we all can’t see it. We all have events cancelled but we will stay connected through devices like this.

  16. Susan Sundermeyer

    Mary, I too thought of you right away when I heard the news about March Madness. The first round is played here in Dayton, OH at the University of Dayton Arena. The UD women’s team had already secured a spot in the big dance and the men’s team was set to play in the Atlantic-10 tournament to try and secure a spot. They were on a 20 game win streak and ranked 3rd in the country. Our city is heart broken.

  17. Jeanie S, e

    Sorry abt March Maddness, Mary. I hope I make good use of this low-key
    extra free time. We are mostly settled in from our move in September, but I think I will rearrange my sewing area. I can’t complain abt being too busy. 😏

  18. mylo sanders

    just a little something to make you smile……….. a question was asked as to how long the virus can live on surfaces ? The answer was up to 72 hours on metal wood and plastic,but no very long on fabric . Keep quilting everyone.

  19. Paula Philpot

    I agree March Madness is a favorite of mine too. Some people have posted they hope they will replay some of the best games in March Madness history. I am sad for our KY Wildcats especially the seniors. Also our high school girls won their first game yesterday and now it is cancelled. We will get thru this. Paula in KY

  20. Deb Renken - SW Minnesota

    My husband is crying over the cancelation of March Madness. He and 2 of our sons are in constant communication during the games and are always discussing (arguing) over their bracket choices. He looks forward to that extra bonding each year. Our youngest son is in Thailand and is scheduled to return on Tuesday. I will be so relieved when he is back in the USA. His flies in to Seattle and then catches a connection to Minneapolis. I’m certain he will be screened in Seattle and I pray that he and his 3 traveling companions get back to Minnesota. He is 28 and very healthy with no unlaying health issues and am confident he would beat the virus, I just want him home.

  21. Sue in Oregon

    Hi Mary—-I have been kind of Out of it for the last few days. Today I feel better. I have had some kind of flu, but I doubt very much it is Coronavirus. We have no cases here in our county. Only a few in the whole state. I have been staying home a lot and the only place I can think where I could have gotten it is at the Bi-Mart Pharmacy. I plan on staying home for a couple more weeks, just in case. I don’t want to give it away. lol
    I hope my husband doesn’t get it or at least mildly.
    Sorry about the games being canceled. That would have been a nice diversion for everyone. Guess its time to dig out those old movies.

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