Rayna Gillman Retreat

I recently had the pleasure of attending a five-day adventure hosted by Chris Daly of Woodland Ridge Retreat and taught by Rayna Gillman. The focus of the class was the techniques listed in Rayna’s book, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts.

The Woodland Ridge Retreat is a wonderful facility with outstanding amenities. The meals are prepared on site with care and expertise. Here are a few of the photos I took of the surroundings.

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The view from our classroom

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A visitor

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Flowers on the grounds at Woodland Ridge Retreat

I’ve been a follower of Rayna’s and made reference to her book on several occasions. The techniques taught in her book, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts, have fascinated me ever since I discovered its existence. It’s that fascination that pushed me to jump at the chance to meet her in person and learn from the master.

On day one of the class we hit the ground running only to stop for meals and sleep. Every other moment was spent immersed in Rayna’s teaching as well as the practical application of her methods. Oodles and oodles of art pieces were birthed from our labors.

No two art quilts were the same. Each one was as varied as the participants. I was awestruck at the talent exhibited by my fellow students. Their sense of color and design was amazing.

Aside from the privilege I held by just being present with my colleagues, I am proud also to be able to call them my friends. Their friendship will have a positive impact on my life for years to come.

While I would thoroughly love to keep talking about my adventure I think photos will tell a much more colorful story.

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My work area

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Class participants

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One of my works in progress

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Class time

On the last day of class my roommate and I hung around way past the official end of the session. In fact we stayed one extra night just so we could spend as much time with Rayna as possible. Before parting company late that evening we had the opportunity to take this photo.

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Myself, Rayna Gillman and Barb M.

If you would like to read about the retreat from Rayna’s perspective and see examples of my classmates’ work follow these links to her blog.

Out the door again

Having the most fun!

Too much fun – continued

All packed

If you ever get the chance to attend one of Rayna’s classes I would highly recommend it!

While at the class I created many, many new works of art. Watch for postings on my masterpieces in the months to come.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

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22 thoughts on “Rayna Gillman Retreat

  1. […] this I used a piece of Misty Fuse, a product I learned about at the Rayna Gillman’s class I attended in May 2016. I prefer to use this product because it allows my piece to maintain a soft […]

  2. […] called Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts. I wrote about the retreat in several posts. This is a link to one of the posts. I enjoy creating art through patterns as well as improvisational methods or […]

  3. […] above, the mini quilt came into existence in 2016. In May it traveled with me to the Rayna Gillman retreat at Woodland Ridge to be on display as a show and tell item. After revealing the quilt Rayna asked […]

  4. […] started this art piece, in the evening, on the very last day of the May, 2016 retreat. Present at the time were my new friends Barb M and our world famous teacher, Rayna […]

  5. […] the time of its inception I was pleased with its outcome. I even took it with me to the retreat in May, 2016 to proudly share it with my fellow students. Reusing orphaned quilt blocks/pieces to create new art […]

  6. […] recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is the last in the nine post […]

  7. […] recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is day eight in the nine post […]

  8. […] recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is day seven in the nine post […]

  9. […] recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is day six in the nine post […]

  10. […] recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is day five in the nine post […]

  11. […] recently finished nine small art pieces, all of which originated during the retreat I attended in May, 2016. This post is day four in the nine post […]

  12. […] Quilt # Three is called Quilting Friends. While at the retreat I attended in May, 2016 one of the optional projects we could participate in was the construction of this block. The block […]

  13. […] in a series of nine that are revealing my most recent art pieces. All of them were started at the retreat I attended in May, […]

  14. […] are nine pieces in total that are now complete. All of them were created during my stay at the Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts retreat at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center. Here’s a behind-the-scenes account of the […]

  15. […] the Create Your Own Free-Form Quilt class was a life changing experience. Prior to its influence I had been leaning ever so slightly […]

  16. […] tossed around various options; then ultimately decided to give it to her before setting out for my Creating Free-Form Quilts retreat. Plans were made with her mother to meet up at a park. The “supposed” purpose […]

  17. I could not agree more with you about the beauty of Woodland Ridge. A welcoming and very accessible retreat setting. It is spacious, calming and the perfect environment for supporting creative efforts. The work space is the best I’ve ever encountered on my many retreats. Chis Daly is an exceptional quilt artist and retreat director.

    1. Amen!

  18. Can’t wait to see what your talents come up with, Cindy. This was a fabulous, fun, and talented group and I loved every minute of it. Thanks for your lovely post.

    1. Thank you! I’m finishing up my items and getting ready to blog about them.

  19. I am so envious – that looks like a wonderful time and great art came out of the retreat!

    1. Thanks! It was a great experience!