Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Sew Deja Vu Retreat at Bertram Inn

Definition of Retreat:  A place of refuge, seclusion or privacy.  

I'm not sure if that definition fits our "quilting retreat," but it gives you something to think about.

Bertram Inn Retreat

The staff at Sew Deja Vu in Stow, Ohio offers a wonderful retreat each year.  Last year it was at Mohican Lake, but this year it was closer to home for me at the Bertram Inn in Aurora.  I packed up my little car and headed north and was there in half an hour - Yea, more time to sew.  The food was excellent and we had a hospitality room for treats.  The Sew Deja Vu ladies worked hard to make sure everyone had a good time.  There were fun prizes, a drawing for a sewing table and a "Special Punch" to keep us powered up!  This is one of my favorite retreats!  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEW DEJA VU WEBSITE.

We plugged in all our power strips for sewing machines, irons and lights.  Luckily we only fried one plug that I know of.  They probably had to build a sub-station at the local power plant - hee hee.
Our room was buzzing!

Quilting Projects:

Below are some sample pictures of the projects from our talented quilters.

Barbie and her "Trip Around the World" Quilt.  Love those blues!

I finished my "Norwegian Woods" quilt.  I picked this kit up in Paducah at Hancocks because the squirrels caught my eye.  

Sister Charlotte always spices up our retreats with her humor.  

Shy quilter showing her gorgeous quilt!

Another shy quilter.  Look at this beautiful star quilt done in Christmas material.  Love it!

I met a new friend named "Barb."  

Ladies from my guild were working on "Swoon Blocks"

Sally finished this stunning sampler quilt.  

Adorable stuffed Kittens!  Big bows or angel wings?  Could be either.

This is going to be a bag for the lucky lady on the right. 

These fun ladies traveled all the way from Southern Ohio and West Virginia.  I had fun visiting with them when I cut material!

Another shy quilter with her fabulous twisted bargello quilt.  It's stunning!

Sew pretty!

Special purses that will be for sale at the "Craft Shoppe during the craft show at the Quirk Cultural Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on November 7th - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Felice Troutman

I was walking around looking at different projects and was pleased to find a designer at our retreat.  Felice Troutman creates her own quilts using wool and cotton applique designs.  She will be teaching her technique at Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, ohio on April 15, 16, and 17 of 2016.  Go to for more information about Felice and her upcoming classes.

Felice is working on a beautiful poppy block.  the picture doesn't do it justice.  Very artistic!

Hand quilting is still in fashion!  The white on white really shows off the design.

Seeing double for Christmas quilts!

Free motion quilting with a Janome cousin to "Her Majesty" - Mrs. Dilly Dally's Machine - Click Here to visit her fun Blog inAlaska!

Fancy Table Topper!  This was Dana's first retreat!  Judging from her bright smile, I'm sure she had fun.

Jen finished her star quilt.  This was her first retreat too.  The ladies loved this bright pattern.  Beautiful!

Another retreat has come and gone.  Blogging about it and looking back helps me keep these fun memories alive for me and I hope it will do the same for you.  

Happy Fall Quilting!


  1. Oh my ... what inspiration! It looks like you all had a fabulous time! I love seeing what other quilters are creating ... thank you for sharing! You quilt is wonderful!

  2. Wow! Looks like you all had a great time. I want to go next year!!!

    1. That would be awesome. They are talking about having it at Geneva on the Lake. Not set in stone though. Looking forward to Saturday!

  3. Thanks for sharing everyone's quilts. It was a fun weekend and it's nice for you to document it.