Saturday, October 16, 2010

BIQR 2010: The Setting

The setting is northern Michigan, in early fall. A road trip from London, Ontario, Canada to Elk Rapids, Michigan. Two best friends going to a quilt retreat hosted by the amazing Gwen Marston. A short detour to avoid the busy traffic of Flint, revealed quaint rural communities readying themselves for harvest and halloween, many untouched by the big box invasion of Walmarts and outlet stores, still bearing the signs of the past.





The final destination was White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids.
The lodge was getting ready for its winter hibernation, with the small boats resting on the beach,...
leaves dropping into the puddles of water collecting on board...
The view from the sewing room was the beautiful Elk Lake, sun streaming in every day!
Sunny and warm for 5 days straight!
Next post: The Characters

7 comments:

annieb said...

How beautiful- lucky you! Have a great time!

Kathie said...

oh I can't wait to hear all about your trip again this year!
always fun!!! and soooo inspiring
thanks
Kathie

Chantal said...

It looks fantastic! Have a great time.

Quilt Rat said...

What a wonderful setting....I can see why you so look forward to returning each year. I can just imagine taking a break from the sewing room to sit by the water's edge in a small patch of sun doing a little hand work.

Tonya Ricucci said...

oh boy! I love that Hotel sign.

Clare said...

A beautiful setting. It's amazing how many communities like that still exist. We had a drive back from a tourist village this morning. The GPS took us on roads we didn't know existed and found lots of unspoilt hamlets.

Looking forward to the next instalment.

electricdunce said...

Oh my, I couldn't look at these posts about BIQR until the event had passed. It is so sad for me to miss two years in a row. But I will definitely be there next year. What a treat to see your photos and all the wonderful quilts and bits and pieces...Bravo! Karin