Monday, June 17, 2013

Grande Old Flag Gathering 2013

WOW !!!!!!!  What a time we all had this year !!

The Grande Old Flag Gathering sponsered by Country Sampler in Spring Green , WI has just ended and I'm still on a soulful literally was six days of fun, lots of laughter, some tears, great food,lots of work, and most of all a celebration of what women can achieve when they put their minds together !!!

Jeanne and her shop girls worked tirelessly to give all who attended a truly wonderful experience.  Their attention to detail was unbelievable !!

The theme this year was the Civil War.........the two quilt teachers design civil war fabric and patterns, and I was thrilled to have a reason to research that period of history.

Above are the teachers.....Carol Hopkins, Me, Paula Barnes, and our host Jeanne Horton.

One of the evenings we spent painting our book boxes for one of my projects and enjoying old fashioned rootbeer floats and smore's.  For a while we all felt like little kids again !!

Here's Carol teaching one of her quilt projects......I never did get a picture of the quilt projects, but I'm sure if you check Jeanne's Blog on the Country Sampler website, she'll have them for you to see.

Here's the whole group....and what a fun group they were!!

Here are the two projects I taught......the sampler was dedicated to the travellers on the undergroung railroad ....and the othe was a little stitching book.

Just a few pictures of some of the food we shared.....this night was a Taste of Wisconsin........

.......and as you can see, even the deserts were artistically displayed.......almost too good to eat....but of course we did!!!

On Saturday our lunch was a lovely lunch of hot prime rib sandwiches with all the fixing and a final send off desert of red velvet cupcakes!!  Just too cute!!
We all shed a few tears  and a lot of hugs and vowed to see each other again next year.....I know we all left feeling we had made new friends and strengthened old bonds!!


  1. Thank you for sharing--retreats are such wonderful events!

  2. What a wonderful time you all had!

  3. Looks like it was a grand time.

  4. So glad I was able to be there! I had so much fun!

  5. Hi Linda, Some time ago you did a Shepherd's Christmas for a retreat. I have the verse from it pinned on my bulletin board-credited to you. Will the pattern be released to the public at any time?