I absolutely HAVE to thank Kris Smith for all the help she has given me in getting our homemade gifts made for our spring retreat guests!!! And she can't even make it to this retreat because her son has 2 track meets that week!!! WOW! What a friend! Thanks so much Kris - you are the best!
Sorry I heard about this too late!!!!!!!!
WOW is all I can say about the result of our Spring Retreat this past weekend at Blackwater Falls!!! IT WAS FANTASTIC! We couldn't have asked for a nicer venue, sweeter guests, and the most beautiful spring, mountain weather! We will definitely have our Spring Retreat, 2014 at Blackwater Falls! Why mess with perfection? I hope all our guests post comments about their experience here! Come on ladies! Let's hear from you!
I had a wonderful time and got a lot accomplished. The accommodations were great and very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this retreat. The entertainment was wonderful. The planners are to be congratulated on a job well done.
Thanks so much, Cheryl!!! It was so worth all the effort, and I truly enjoyed every minute of organizing & planning this retreat! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself!!
Tucked into the woods in the serene mountains of West Virginia I found the most amazing women...these gals from Woolen Willow put on the very best rug hooking retreat ! I will be attending in the future and bringing more friends with me next time. These ladies truly know how to organize and officiate a remarkably fun filled event that encourages creativity without any stress or pressure. Their laughter is infectious and their beautiful family was an inspiration to all of us who attended. They allowed lots of time to just mingle, relax and make new friends (which I did). Oh and did I tell you ...you could get really comfy...pj's and slippers allowed in the conference room !!! Thank you gals...This was my very first retreat but it wont be my last !
Margie, thanks so much for the wonderful comments!!! This was a first for me too --- the first retreat I've ever planned!!! :) I'm so happy that you had a great time, and am looking forward to our next retreat together!
I'll "cruise" with your family anytime, anywhere!
My best wishes for a wonderful June wedding and continued recovery for George.
Carol - you are a treasure!!! :) I can't wait 'till we meet again!
I had a great time at this retreat. I loved the venue and the relaxed atmosphere where I could really get some serious quilting accomplished with lots of positive reinforcement!
Thanks, Jane!! Everyone got so much done (except me)!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and hope to see you again soon!!
WOW!!! This was my first retreat and I had such a wonderful time with my friends and all the new people I met. The Blackwater Falls State Park was so beautiful that I can't wait to take my husband there. Everyone at the resort and retreat where very nice. I can not wait to plan for our next retreat together. Your family are so kind and very talented. Can't wait to see what you have planned for August Retreat.
Thanks so much, Margo!! Wasn't Blackwater Falls perfect??? I was absolutely astonished when I walked into that conference room for the first time!!! :) We will have next Spring retreat there again! I'm so glad you're planning to come to the August retreat, and I hope you bring lots of friends with you! :)
I have been to a few rug hooking events and I have to say this was the best ever, From the very first welcoming hugs to the end - you sisters really know how to throw a party and my goodness so very talented! Sometimes you can feel intimidated being around such talent but everyone you made it so easy! Everyone was so helpful, kind, generous, willing to share information, etc. I could go on and on! I think everyone that was there knows what I mean! The "venue" was wonderful and relaxing and I came away with new friends! Can't wait for the next one!
Thanks so much, Joanne! Blackwater Falls was perfect, and so accommodating! Everyone there was wonderful!! :) Now I can't wait till our End of Summer Retreat in Ripley, WV!!
I loved the retreat! I met some really nice quilters and hookers and hope to reunite with them at future Woolen Willow retreats. The little surprise gifts were a nice touch and the games were fun and well timed. Sign me up for the next one😊
YAY, Karen!! It was so great to meet everyone and make new friendships! I'm so glad that you are planning to attend the End of Summer Retreat in August! Bring friends!!! :)
The retreat was fabulous! Everyone was so nice and I had a super great time! It was put together so perfectly, you did an amazing job! A ton of great memories! :)
Thanks so much, Cathy! I sure hope you can come to more of our retreats in the future! It was such fun meeting & hanging out with all of you!
Wow! What a wonderful time I had! From the hosts to the atmosphere to every wonderful, talented lady there, it was a blast! Thank you so much to the entire Woolen Willow family, Jeni, Gretchen, Judy, Sally, mom Mary, for planning such a wonderful event! Thank you so much for your warmth, encouragement, gifts and bringing such a great group of women together for four fun filled days! Can't wait to see everyone again! Until then...keep quilting, hooking, and smiling!!
Thanks so much, Melissa, for the sweet comments! It was as much planning the retreat as it was being there and getting to be with all you wonderful ladies! Hope to see you again soon!
One of the nicest retreats I have ever gone to. Your generosity was
over and above. I had a great time and am looking forward to your
Yay Nancy!!! We will see you again, same time, same place!!! Thanks so much, and it was great hanging out with you!
Well, I must say, even though I am NOT a primitive person (I really like bright colors and polka dots) and am NOT a hooker (in the realm of wool) I did not feel out of place!!! I had a great time with lots of wonderful people, great accommodations, wonderful weather, fantastic scenery, good food, and a SUPER organized retreat at an affordable price with GREAT prizes and gifts. Thanks for a job well done. 😊
WOW Kathy! What wonderful compliments! Thanks so much, and I was so thrilled that we had such a wide variety of styles to look at and drool over! :) We had stitchers, sewers, and hookers! It was great! Hope to see you again at another one of our retreats soon!
This was my first retreat and a great experience! I am usually so shy and backward around people I don't know but not once did I feel that way! This family knows how to throw a fun time! I love the idea of having quilters and hookers come together to share their work.
Loved the location and the relaxed atmosphere. Can't wait for next year!
I will be talking about this for months to come!
I can't thank you enough!
I made a blog post with some pictures!!! http://teresasprimtreasures.blogspot.com/2013/04/woolen-willow-quiltingrug-hooking.html
Thanks so much, Teresa, for the wonderful comments!! I'm so glad you are planning to come again next year!!! :) Thanks for posting those great pictures on your blog too! I hope everyone checks it out!
Can you say AWESOME!!! My first retreat…won’t be my last!! Will definitely come back next year! You and your family undeniably pulled out the red carpet for us. From spending much needed quality time with my BFF (aka BSB) to learning how to work with wool, and even learned needle punch. Instructors were the Bomb!! Nothing was out of limits when asking for help, not only from the instructors but also from the other Ladies!! Great memories - laughing until I cried, I think we were slap happy at that point!! Thank you!!!
YAY Barb!!! Thanks so much for coming to the retreat, and for bringing your hubby too!!! I hope more and more hubbys come with their wives in the future!
We sure enjoyed you all, and are looking forward to seeing you again soon! Stop by the Woolen Willow next time you drive down I77!!
We saw your sign when traveling home....but you're not open on Sundays! :)
Melissa & I will be taking a road trip down to see you soon!!
From California to West Virginia - what a wonderful trip! The four days were wonderful. Weather was perfect. The drive from Dulles to Davis was beautiful and Blackwater Falls was the perfect location for a relaxing retreat. All of the ladies were super sweet, especially Mom and the Sisters. I will be back (as our former CA governor was fond of saying).
Hey, it's one of our California girls!!! :) Carol, we had such a great time getting to know you, and I'm so thankful that your experience was wonderful!!! Looking forward to seeing you again, and hoping it's sooner than later!
Sally, thanks to all of you for a wonderful, fun, and relaxing retreat. My daughter and I especially enjoyed the guest speaker. What great and useful advise she had to share with us. It was nice to meet other quilters and hookers from various states. We sure hope to be with everyone next year.
Charlotte, thanks so much for the wonderful comments!! I'm thrilled that you and Cheryl came, and that you liked the guest speaker too! It was tough getting her since she is so booked (has so many "gigs" as she likes to put it), and she almost cancelled at the last minute too!!! See you at the shop!
I had a fantastic time at the spring retreat! Everything was perfect -- the facilities, the planning that went into it, the wonderful company, and all the time we had to quilt!!! Thanks so much, and I hope I can attend another one!
Sharon!!! Thanks for attending our spring retreat, and for the nice comments above! I hope to see you again soon at another one of our retreats...or even at the shop if you are driving by! Thanks to you!
Sally Cox, Retreat Coordinator Extraordinaire, 4th grade teacher, and "the other sister" to Jeni, Gretchen, & Judy of The Painted Cupboard and Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.