Nebraska quilter and quilt book author (Four Seasons at Minglewood, March 2011) Debbie Roberts owns a local quilt shop, the Quilted Moose, in Gretna Nebraska. In association with her shop, in 2010 she built a quilt retreat center named Minglewood. I had an opportunity to attend a retreat at this beautiful facility this past weekend and wanted to share some pictures. It is located just a couple miles out of town (Gretna is a small town very near Omaha, Nebraska) in Eastern Nebraska.
While Minglewood is available for family reunions and other purposes, Debbie has many quilter friendly features. There are cutting stations, irons and ironing boards,
and large tables available for each of the 11 quilters
so no bringing any of those things from home. (The floor is a heated painted concrete -very cozy and easy to keep control of your dropped threads).
One of the first things you notice is this quilt on the wall,
it was the cover quilt in the 2007 Quilt Sampler when the Quilted Moose was one of the featured shops.
Debbie told us she wanted to decorate with a "rustic elegance" style and it shows through out the cabin (there are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the cabin sleeps 11).
We enjoyed the outdoors this lovely fall weekend.
Meg brought her quilt frame right out on the front patio.
The corn field across the road was half harvested,
behind the cabin on a neighbor farm is a vineyard.
We had visits from a flock of wild turkeys who were just ambling up the gravel road outside the cabin.
We also frequently saw deer crossing the property. It was a great weekend. I was able to get my Ladies of the Sea 9pattern by Sue Garman) center blocks framed, sewn together, the first border completed and added to the center.
I was new to this quilt group and was made to feel so welcome. I loved meeting all of you and I am looking forward to attending again next year.