Last weekend, a group of quilters from our local longarm association did another retreat, this time in northeastern Tennessee. We went to a recently opened retreat house called Febuary Hill, owned by the same lady that owns Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough. No, it isn’t spelled February like the month, it is Febuary, the way one of the early owners spelled their name.
The house was originally built in 1832, and since then has been remodeled and had a few additions. I took some of these pictures on our last day, as we got there on an overcast day, dodging the snow.
The side porch is huge, and has lovely wrought iron tables for outdoor dining when the weather is warmer. The door on the left leads to the dining room, and the one on the right goes into the kitchen.
I liked the dark green shutters on the white trim and red brick. A bright outdoor rug is cheery, and looks like an appliqued quilt.
This picture was taken on Friday, we got there between two snows for the day. Both were just light snowfalls, leaving the roads clear. The back garden area has a lovely walkway, chairs for enjoying the views, and a garden off to the right with an arbor that will be lovely in spring.
Just inside the front door, a living room / library had comfy chairs, books and magazines to read, along with bolts of fabric on built in shelves. Shelves filled the opposite wall as well. Tall windows with delicate lace curtains let in a lot of light.
In this room, a history of the house was displayed as well.
From the foyer, the front staircase led to two second floor bedrooms. Lovely wood floors were throughout the house.
Large quilts are displayed on walls above the chandelier along the staircase.
The cozy and feminine loft separated two bedrooms.
The bedrooms were all painted in different colors, most having two twin beds with quilts. Before you ask, yes there was a train track about a half-mile from the house, LOL!! I asked about that before we got there. We did hear a few train whistles, but much lower in volume and none after about 11:30 at night. So we all slept well.
The peach color in this bedroom was a nice background for the pretty quilts displayed. Each bedroom had its own color scheme.
In a hallway downstairs, more quilts with gorgeous quilting decorate the walls.
The dining room was painted a soft sage green. The second staircase leads to two more bedrooms with soft colors (one yellow and one blue) and beautiful quilts. The heart of pine floors in the upstairs hallway had that squeaky old-house sound when you walked on them, which made it impossible to quietly sneak downstairs to start the coffee in the early morning. I was staying in the yellow room up this set of stairs.
In the window, this lovely painted glass art piece caught the morning light.
A huge kitchen turned out fabulous meals from our quilters. Tall built in cabinets and a beautiful fireplace gave the kitchen a vintage look. We had a spiral sliced ham on Friday night with homemade mac-and-cheese and salad. The ham bone was turned into ham and bean soup for a hot lunch on a cold Saturday, along with sandwiches, pasta salad and snacks. Fabulous homemade chocolate chip cookies were nibbled on all weekend. Saturday night was Fiesta night, with two kinds of tacos, an amazing butternut squash and black bean casserole, lots of fixin’s and margaritas plus key lime pie. Sunday we ate leftovers, and still took a lot of food back home. Our members are really good cooks!
The house had been remodeled at some point, to add on the back hallway and enclose a sitting room. It is charming to have windows in interior walls.
The sitting room was soft sage green, with comfy chairs perfect for early morning coffee and reading. Just look at the spectacular architectural detail in the door moldings. At the end of the hall was the largest bedroom.
Beautiful quilts were over the three twin beds, two on this wall and the third on the opposite wall. Lovely chairs face the ornate original fireplace. Soft neutral colors accented with black made this room my favorite of all the color schemes.
Outside on Saturday, the snow front came through plunging the temperatures colder in the afternoon. Fat fluffy flakes kept falling until there was about 2-3 inches covering the ground and trees.
I took a photo when it started, but got busy sewing so I didn’t get one of the winter wonderland it became. It was beautiful! By Sunday it was all gone, so driving home was in sunshine on dry roads.
At the other end of the back hallway, a door led to an immense sewing space, formerly a four car garage. Generous six foot tables and comfortable chairs made sewing a pleasure.
Lovely quilts decorated the space.
The pastoral view from the front on Sunday shows no snow left. The property is four acres, so it was nice and quiet.
Once again, I got an amazing amount of work done between chatting and eating. Friday, I took squares to make nine-patches, and more star blocks sent in, and made a To The Nines top using the Speed Assembly method for both the blocks and the whole quilt. Saturday was spent doing more blocks for the Vintage Christmas Quilt Along. On Sunday, I took the leftover charm squares and jelly roll strips from another project and began a charity quilt. I’ll have those projects in other posts soon.
Have you been on a quilting retreat? Did you do any sewing this weekend?
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