Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quilting In Charm...The Rural Thimble Quilt Retreat...Photo Intense

I first and foremost must thank Mary and Paul Troyer for inviting me and my QBees to be the first guests in this beautiful house/retreat center.

l to r:  me, Gladys, Jackie, Michelle, Debbie & Barb
This house used to be connected to Miller's Dry Good Store and was the home of Mary's sister, Katie.  The house is not longer connected, and has been totally redone to accommodate quilters and crafters.  I cannot wait to see the before photos! 

When you walked in the front door before modification, there was the staircase.  It's not there anymore, and you can see the wonderful space we had to work in.

You can arrange the room to fit your needs.  We made a square O so we could all see each other and talk.
Here are some photos of the arrangement of tables and the QBees hard at work!

Momma Barb's workstation!

Debbie trying to get those snowballs perfect!

Here are some photos of the house.  They speak for themselves.  This place is beautiful.  Four bedrooms two full baths, one half bath, dining room, kitchen, living room and two porches, one front and one back. 
This is the only downstairs bedroom.  To the left is the open area and to the right is sliding doors to the back porch.  I chose this room!  This room is made private by closing doors to the open area.

One of the upstairs rooms.  Each twin bed had a Yellow Brick Road quilt, quilted with the 'big stitch'.
Another upstairs room.  Sorry it is sorta fuzzy.

This is one fun room!  The final upstairs room has two twin beds and a double bed.

I didn't take a photo of the upstairs bathroom, but here is the full bath on the main floor.

The Living Room...

The Dining Room.  This table is beautiful!!

The kitchen is top of the line and all the modern conveniences we are used to having.  Except me, I don't have a dishwasher!

 These cabinets in the kitchen are the most beautiful cabinets I have ever seen.  Sorry I didn't get a close up.

Front porch....

Jackie & Michelle taking a break

Beautiful front door

The back porch through the back door.  There was very comfortable seating out there!

The Laundry Room...

and of course, the new staircase.....

We had a wonderful time and made some great memories.  I hope I will be able to come back for more quilting fun with my QBees! 
I'll put our projects in the next blog post...there are already too many photos here!


  1. How lovely! How wonderful! What a terrific thing for you and your QBees to do together! Love your dillydally spirit!

  2. Wow it looks like a great place for a small group of friends to spend time together!! I will be attending a retreat this Fall at the Amish Door in Wilmot. I may have to take a drive to Charm to see the Retreat House!!

    1. Darlene...The Rural Thimble can sleep up to 12 persons, but I think that may be pushing it. I don't think I'd go more than 10. For a 3 day 2 night stay it is $1025.00! About $52.00 per person per night. You can check in at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 5:00 p.m. on your check out day!
      I have always loved the Amish Door, and hope to take my QBees there someday too!