When we first arrived at Rae Ann's cabin, we all had stacks of of our own quilt projects that we were anxious to work on.
Having an entire week, we felt the excitement of no interruptions, and could feel the possibilities of making great progress on quilts we were longing to get to.
Within a day that all changed.
Jackie sat quietly at her table, working away, cutting strips of Civil War fabrics.
Within a few hours she had made her first star.
Call it Quilters ADD.
Call it whatever you want.
By day 2 none of us could concentrate on our own quilts, and we began hovering over Jackie's work station, coveting her quilt in progress.
Judi represented us all when she said "I'm in such big trouble. Now I have to make what Jackie is making."
What caused all the stir?
All Stars from American Jane's book Quilts for All Seasons.
This is Sandy Klop's version
We all fell in love!
As we came down the stairs each morning, we could see new stars being added to Jackie's design wall.
She will make a total of 18 whole and 4 half stars.
I have always thought of Civil War fabrics as dull and subdued.
Jackie's collection was quite colorful, where the fabrics played beautifully together.
I especially liked the orange star.
Jackie was so patient with all of our questions, and began giving us tutorials on how to make the stars.
She even began sharing her fabrics with the rest of us.
Our other projects were set aside.
Even though it was snowing, with the thermometer registering 17-degrees, we made a trip to the local quilt store in Afton where the ladies purchased more fabrics so they could continue to sew more stars.
These 3 are Rae Ann's.
But, Quilters ADD can work both ways.
Jackie saw me working on my Scrappy Trips Around The World blocks from Bonnie Hunter.
With left over scraps from her Civil War fabrics, I showed Jackie how easy it is to follow Bonnie's tutorial.
Towards the end of the week, the Stars were left behind and Scrappy Trips became the new focus.
We had a great laugh at our flip flop attention spans.
Even though most of us did not finish what we came to do, we all commented on how much fun we had, and how much we learned from each other.
Retreats are like that.