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And Then There Was Silence


With five kids, three of them teenagers, it’s almost never silent in my house. It’s silent right now. You see, honey left me and he took the kids with him. And I’d sing the Hallelujah Chorus except that would make noise and I can’t sing.

Honey and the kids leave me once a year for a long weekend. On that weekend, a swarm of quilting and knitting women invade my house. There goes the silence!!! We remodeled our house in 1997 and rewired the basement and added lots of lighting just so I could host quilting retreats. This is the 12th annual retreat!

One good thing about this retreat is that my basement gets cleaned. Normally the basement looks like Toys-R-Us threw up! We even cleaned the carpets, thanks to my darling puppy! I’ll bet you want to see it.

This year there will be about 15 women around. I think our record is about 25. A few of them stay overnight, because some of us morons heartier souls sew until 3 AM.  We start on Thursday morning, and by Saturday evening, we can’t even see straight!

It’s amazing what you see when you look at a photo. Gotta love the 1970’s wood wall. I’ll post a photo later that will show you why we like that wood wall! I see a nice rip in my old leather couch. Gotta love those kids! There’s a broken ceiling tile too, from a ball. Oh, and the photo on the wood wall….Monsters, Inc. “We scare because we care.” And at the far end of the room is college girls room. Well, it was her room. I stole it for my Gammill quilt machine! Her bed is still there though.

I’m not sure of everything I’m working on this weekend, but I have the first project on the table by my machine. I started a two color challenge with Nicole. I’m doing mine in taupe and white.

I’m pretty excited about this quilt. I think it’s going to be really elegant.

I’ll probably pull out some projects that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. Nicole has been turning out projects like crazy lately. She’s really inspiring me to finish some projects.

I’m off to make sure everything is ready for tomorrow, and then the puppy and I are going to bed!

I love silence, but I’ll sure be happy on Sunday when the crew comes home!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

10 thoughts on “And Then There Was Silence

  1. Sounds like a wonderful weekend is in store. Maybe I’ll crack out my freshly cut fabric and actually start sewing my quilt. Then again, maybe I’ll get distracted by some other hobby and they’ll sit there for another year. 😀 Have fun!

  2. There is nothing quite like the silence of your own home at peace…
    If I had a basement, I’d remodel it to host knitting retreats…. alas (well, except for now, when flooding is the order of the month for so many folk) we have no basement.
    The rest of us will try to catch up with you on our knitting while you quilt.

  3. I always tell my husband that my idea of a perfect getaway would be for him to get away with all the kids and leave me home alone!

    I hope you send me an invite next year!

  4. Quilting retreats at your house have been my best times for scrapbooking in the past three years! Huh?? Yes, I am missing it this year. Just couldn’t make it work. Have a ball and say “Hello” to everyone for me.

    Love, your sis

  5. You have a wonderful place for your quilting friends to gather. I’m sure they’re just glad to be all together to notice the things you pointed out. That’s more important. By the way, what DO you do with all the quilts you make?

  6. Oh, does that ever sound like a fun weekend! I’m green with envy!

  7. I am so impressed! Look at that basement!!! I saw the cars today and thought it must be that weekend. Have fun!

  8. You forgot to mention the retro brick on the fireplace. Macy claims the rip in the couch was from the bunny, but who knows. Have fun without us. We are having manners lessons, dads cracking down a bit, you would be proud! Except for some reason he decided to take all two lane roads most of the way here, even after we had avoided the storms. And we toured the badland, ick! He is an odd one.

  9. Crap! Wish I lived near you!!!!

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