Monday, May 11, 2009

I set sail for one of the best weekends ever ...

The call for all hands on deck had arrived and finally it was time to cast off.

The colours had been hoisted.

And we were welcomed with open arms.

Pam had seen to every detail and made certain our quarters were well stocked with supplies.

I had such a great weekend and I just don't know where to begin. We were technically nine, but were a crew of eight, Pam, Kathy, Helen, Kris, Bonnie, Cynthia, Carolyn and me.
A few of us had cameras and took close to 400 pictures all together. Pam copied all of the photos from our disks and is going to compile a CD for everyone.
Pam had everything set up for us and so we were all able to get right in and start working on our projects - it's all about product and none of us wanted to walk the plank (they run a tight ship at the Pirate Quilters Retreat).

So here is where I have to jump ahead, because I don't have all of the photos yet.

Thursday night we had the most wonderful Lasagna dinner prepared by Pam's very own Cap'n Cook. And of course Rum Cake for dessert. It was all delish! And then it was back to work.

Friday morning we found coffee and juice waiting for us. Cap'n Cook was in the galley and prepared a fantastic French Toast breakfast. We had a busy day ahead of us and needed plenty of energy. Cynthia brought a couple of games for us to play and the first was started right after breakfast. We were all given a quilt retreat related charm and then were told that we couldn't say the would QUILT. If you did you had to give up your charm. The person with the most charms at 3pm would then get ALL the charms and a bracelet too. Kathy was the winner in the end, but let me just say that some of these quilting pirates were a bit more cut throat than others - and I am not going to name names ... Kathy and Bonnie!
Promptly at 10am we headed to the Quilter's Cupboard to stock up on supplies and then made a quick trip over to Sew Fun to get anything else we may have overlooked. And then it was back to work, breaking for a lunch of Italian Crockpot Beef sandwiches. Then back to an afternoon of sewing. The Cap'n brought in a round of Strawberry Margaritas late in the afternoon and before we knew it it was time for dinner.
The Cap'n and his 1st mate (Pam) served the crew a Chicken Enchilada dinner. And then it was time for dessert of Olallieberry Pie. The Cap'n pulled the crew together for the pie presentation and here is what was served up.

Cynthia had made pincushions for everyone!

Why that pie looks good enough to eat!

Next we had real Olallieberry Pie for dessert! YUM.

And then we played a game called Left, Right, Center.

The prize was all of these fat quarters! And I won!!! WooHoo!

We got another early start on Saturday and got busy after breakfast. A stop mid day to have a bite of lunch and then back to the fun stuff.

Cap'n Cook prepared a round of Lemon Drops and Pepper Popper appetizers.
We sewed until dinner time and then had the best BBQ Rib dinner.

The time passed quickly, but we did manage to squeeze in quite a bit of sewing. We also had some demos. Helen and Kris both did demos on hand applique. They both do exquisite work - absolutely stunning.
Pam demoed the little baskets from the Pink Penguin.
We all had so much fun. A lot of laughing, we sang the Pirate Song and the group even heard the theme song from the Super Chicken cartoon show.
It was a fantastic 4 days and it was so good seeing everyone again. The crew was absolutely the best and I hated to see it end. We are already looking forward to next time.


Gizmo said...

Sounds like great fun. I hope you'll be able to share the pictures very soon.

blushing rose said...

What a fun time ... you seem to have truly enjoyed yourself. TTFN ~ Marydon

PamKittyMorning said...

That looks like a ton o' fun!