A Sweet Retreat

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure (and luxury) of attending Camp Spoolin’ Around, a quilting retreat hosted by Verna Mosquera.  Yes, three glorious days of quilting and a little retail therapy, too; at lovely quilt shops, my favorite kind of shopping therapy!

vernas signThe emphasis of the retreat was on hand applique which is Verna’s signature technique.  The cute little umbrellas from my last post were from one of Verna’s patterns called Primavera.


And Verna has a new book that was just released called A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle!  Of course I have my very own autographed copy.

Vernas book cover

Every page in this book makes me sigh!

vintagle lifestyle page 2

vintagle lifestyle page 1

Verna offers retreats about three times a year in Northern California (Alamo this time), and if you ever have the chance to attend one you won’t regret it!  She is a lovely person and a great hostess.

Several demonstrations (applique, embroidery, piecing, etc.) were included each day, and we were able to work on any project we wanted.

Everything in the retreat room was decorated in pink and vintage:

vernas apron

A little boutique was set up as you walked in the room with select pieces from Verna’s fabric lines (she designs for Free Spirit) and other goodies as well.

camp boutique

vernas shop goodies

I had to purchase a few things for myself, as a souvenir, right?

vernas fabric vernas charm pack

Plus, most of Verna’s quilts were on display to take pictures of and/or drool over.  I might have done a little of both, but can you blame me?  Just look for yourself:

vernas quilts vernas snow quilt

quilt detail from camp quilt from camp vernas framed rose

And every morning we were tempted by sweet treats and coffee/tea.

camp breakfast

Thank you, Verna and Pam (her very efficient and lovely helper), for a wonderful weekend.  I learned so much and had a great time!  And thank you Rita, my quilting friend, for convincing me to go!

verna and me
Me and Verna Mosquera at Camp Spoolin’ Around

Julie Siggy-1

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  1. I have been visiting you half the day today. I love your blog and I just wanted to tell you that I have been at Verna’s retreat and loved it! I hope to go back again. I also plan on making your table topper. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  2. OK this is definitely on my Bucket List! Thanks for making it feel like I was there, what lovely softness was everywhere. Love those umbrellas! And Souvenirs?? Genius!! Who can argue that?!

  3. Everything is just stunnning and nice you had a great days.Is Verna spanish?Primavera is Spring in spanish.Thanks for the great pics and have a fun weekend!!

  4. Oh my….looks like heaven on earth. What beautiful things. Looks like great fun…. Glad you were able to go.

  5. Julie, I’m drooling after looking at your pictures from Verna’s retreat. When is the next one? Love those fabrics! Thanks for sharing.

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