Alpine Retreats, The Quilter's Harvest [and a Free Ticket for You!]

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back in August, I got an email from Sydney Haglund from Alpine Retreats asking me if I would be interested in being a teacher at one of the retreats she is hosting in her BEAUTIFUL home here in Alpine, Utah.  I was very surprised (and flattered!?!) considering the list of other amazing teachers she has lined up.  Even though I felt completely out of place next to these ladies, I couldn't pass up the great opportunity ~ so I said, "Yes!"

About a month ago, Sydney held a "teachers luncheon" at her home and can I tell you that I was loving it?!?  It is beautiful inside and out.  The food that she served from Dear Lizzie's was delish.  The view was fantastic.  Her home was clean, beautifully decorated, cozy and all set up for a perfect weekend retreat with quilty friends!

Sydney loves to host and entertain.  She knows how to do everything right - down to the last detail!  She even had fat quarter favors for each of us at our place settings!

It was such a blast to meet with just a few of the other teachers Sydney has lined up.  Amanda Herring from The Quilted Fish (whose new line of fabric - Sweet Divinity - from Riley Blake is so dang cute!!) and Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side (we got to hear a little bit about some of the fun new projects Amy has coming up, including a new book!) and Jill Finley from Jillily Studio (who I already knew a little bit) is so sweet and a wonderful example of being a mother first, amazing quilter second.

(L to R: Amanda, Amy, Jill and me)

After getting to know each other a bit and touring Sydney's beautiful home, we talked about how it might be fun to have a big event to kickoff the start of
Alpine Retreats.  So, Sydney organized a really fun shop-hop, if you will,

The 3 best local stores are participating:
Just Sew (5 min. drive from Alpine Retreats)
The Quilting Cottage (10 min. drive)
Broadbents (20 min. drive)

Each quilt store and Alpine Retreats will offer a make-and-take project.  The stores will be offering discounts, you'll meet many of the Alpine Retreat teachers and you may even get some SWAG (o.k., I just learned that word form Amanda.  Let me put it to you this way, you might get some free stuff!)  Plus, stop at Dear Lizzie's for a complimentary drink and treat while on your tour!  It will be a great day ~ Friday, November 12th. 

Space is limited.  Tickets are $20 each and includes the supplies for all of the projects and treats from Dear Lizzie's!    Click HERE to see photos of many of the projects you'll get to take home.

I'll be there, doing a make-and-take on my new wrist pincushion:

You can purchase tickets from any of the participating quilt shops.
I hope you can come.  I'd love to meet you!

Oh, and I get to giveaway one free ticket to The Quilter's Harvest so if you think you'd like to come, leave a comment below and I will pick a winner on Friday, the 29th.


  1. Oh to bad I live so far away sounds fun!

  2. Ohhh man, wish I lived there that sounds like so much fun. I love the pin cushion by the way!!

  3. I would love to be chosen for this retreat!

  4. Ambs, I love the pin cute and a great idea! That retreat sounds amazing! We'll be doing the Christmas gift show (for Jamberry) that Fri. and Sat., so I won't be able to make it. :( Bummer...that would have been a way fun girls afternoon! I'm sure you'll have lots of sounds like a blast!

    P.S. Is your craft room done? I love all your organization - I want to see more pictures! :)

  5. Me = so very proud of you! I love Dear Lizzie's! It reminds me of my little lady Maya.

  6. Oh, this would be a dream come true! Crossing my fingers and hoping to win...thanks for the chance.

  7. Sounds like a blast Amber!! I know that arm/hand! haha.

  8. Pick me Pick me... I love quilt retreats and this sounds like soooo much fun!

  9. What a fun experience to be a part of....sounds wonderful!

  10. Well Amber, I have never been to anything like this in my quilting life, mainly because due to my Scleroderma I am a bit of a homebody...well, okay, a hermit. BUT, this just sounds so fun, though I wouldn't know anyone but you through your blog, but I think this like the perfect opportunity start to meet new people and share some fun, laughs and just wonderful times. At my age (60) I call it making memories! One thing, my hubby would have to bring me up as I don't drive long distances, I can, but I prefer not to (again, health related). Question is, would there be anyone coming home my way, I live in Clinton...if not, hubby will come back to retrieve me, LOL. I am just setting up the very first sewing room I have ever had (unbelievable at my age I know) we got the shelves up today and when I saw this post I thought, what better way to start out with my own wonderful sewing space, than to make some new friends and make some wonderful memories. So...if that all sound okay to you, then count me in. Hugs coming to you...I think you will be a magnificent teacher!!! OH, and Good Luck to Everyone!!!

  11. I would love to win the ticket! It sounds like such a fun event.

  12. I am so excited to see a quilting activity like this here in the "Valley"! I moved here from Florida and have felt like I died and went to quilters heaven since arriving!! I love both sewing and crafting so this sounds like something super fabulous and exciting!

  13. Oh I just a*dore your pincushion!!! Wish I was there to learn how to make one too. :o)
    Sincerely - Trish
    ps. I am having a little give a way if you would like to drop by. :o)


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