Today two weeks ago I came home from my first ever sewing retreat. It was fantastic!
This was the first thing I saw when I arrived...
It was hosted by the lovely Lisa and Justine from Simply solids. Who did a great job with making everybody feel right at home.
When we first arrived we were given a most generous goody bag.
I had decided to take one project with me, because I really wanted to try to finish this Tula city sampler top.
For the Friday I took part in the drop in session by Lynne about touch draw, which was very enlightening.
After dinner there were a couple of swaps: badges, scraps, FQs.
On the saturday morning I participated on the 'sew together' bag drop in session hosted by the lovely Mandy (@madewithlovebymandy). I have to admit that I was sceptical whether it was possible to finish a sew together bag in the space of 3 hours, but she showed us some crafty shortcuts.
In the afternoon it was time for screen printing with Karin Lewis.
This was totally new to me, but I had great fun.
I can't wait to make zippy pouch out of my fabrics.
On the sunday morning there was time for one more drop in session:
|Lynne's paper piecing drop in session|
And in between all of it I sewed very feverish and managed to piece the 100 blocks together.
|Tahdah I managed to finish the top....almost|
All I need to do now to finish it is piece one more border around it....
|My secret sewer really spoiled me.|
Over the three days there was also a secret sewer swap that I participated in. I feel very spoiled indeed by my secret sewer. I was lucky enough to receive a lovely goody, goody binding kit, a pincushion glas kilner jar and as a grand finale a Noodlehead tote, All in an art gallery line (indelible) I adore.
Things I learned? Quilters are lovely easy going people, that think nothing of signing up with 29 other complete strangers to sew and I need to take more pictures!
Thank you again to Justine and Lisa, for making this happen and I hope to be there again next year.
Till next time,