Monday, March 2, 2015

Host a Sewing Retreat- Fun, fun, fun!

If you have never attended a sewing retreat, you should consider one.  Many quilt shops and guilds host retreats which are loads of fun.  I think there is nothing better than getting together with friends who share your passion.  Retreats also offer the opportunity to learn from others and share tips and tricks. Although I love getting together with large groups to sew, my favorite sewing outings are with a small group of close friends.  This past weekend, three good friends joined me at my house for a weekend of sewing, snacking and laughter.  It was fun to plan and because we all pitched in with meals and snacks, it was not too much work for any one of us.

The theme for the weekend was "Sew Your Heart Out."

Decorations helped to make it festive.

My dining room was converted into our sewing room.  Each guest was greeted with some goodies at their sewing station.
A goody bag with pencil, post-its, thread and.....cookies!

A small lucite clipboard with cover made on the
Silhouette and a pad to record inspirations.
The bay window in the dining room made a great spot for ironing.
Our "assistant"...ready to pitch in and help.
We gathered after work on Friday, set up our machines and projects and went out for a quick dinner.
We each brought projects that we were interested in doing and got to work as soon as we returned from dinner.  Our plan was to sew until we dropped and that is exactly what we did!
We converted the kitchen table into a cutting station.

No retreat is complete without some wonderful treats....
Renee's pound cake, custard and strawberries.

Karen's chocolate chip cookies.
Meals were served in the music room on a pretty table so that we wouldn't have to disturb our work stations in the dining room and kitchen.
Breakfast, complete with button napkins.
We sewed all day Saturday with a short break for a trip to a quilt shop.
The machine line-up.

Pressing those seams.

Every surface was used for layouts.

Ruthann's dinner of crock pot white bean and chicken chili gave us the energy that we needed to continue sewing into the evening.  Here are the results:

Projects completed (or almost completed)- 
6 pillowcases- for the "roll it up" method click HERE.
1 Clara's Garden Runner from Kansas Troubles Quilters.
2 Swirl Runners from Triangle Frenzy.
3 Infinity Scarves
3 Blossoms Runners from Cut Loose Press.
1 Wrap a Tab Tap Bag from Susan Rooney Patterns.
1 Napa Valley Picnic Tote from Barbara Huber Designs.
1 Going Downton Ruffled Wristlet from Patterns by Annie.

Finishing projects + yummy food + laughs = Perfect fun with wonderful friends!


Christa Huber  March 2, 2015 at 4:13 PM  

Looks like you all had a great time! :)

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