Wednesday, January 30, 2013
My First Sewing Retreat
Earlier in the month, I was invited to join a sewing retreat that starts this Friday. My friend Mary at work put me on the waiting list and I was so excited that I made the list. This retreat is non-stop-sew-a-thon all weekend.
The retreat coordinator sent a list advising any newbies what to bring. They suggest two or more projects in case you finish with one or get bored with a project.
Here is the beginning of my pile so far. My plan is to work on the #scrappytripalong
that went viral on instagram the beginning of the new year. I've completed 16 out of the 36 blocks. I have all my strips cut to the 16" and most of them are paired up in groups of 6. I think this is a project that I can sew and talk at the same time. We will see how my 1/4" seems are with me sewing and talking at the same time. I'm usually down in the basement listening to Pandora by myself when I sew.
If I finish or get tired of the scrappy quilt, I'm bringing a second quilt to piece that I've already cut all the fabric for and it's ready to piece. Finally, I'm bringing my polka dot star that I pieced together late last year to machine quilt in straight lines. It is all layered, pinned and ready to go.
I've never been to a sewing retreat where you bring your sewing machine and projects and just sew the entire time. At the Sewing Summit these past two years, I've borrowed a machine for a few minutes in the evening to finish a project that I didn't finish in class but I never brought a project to sew on like a lot of the ladies do.
If you have any helpful tips for me, I'd appreciate it. I'm making a list of all of the things that I think I'll need for my projects....extra needles, thread, etc.
Well I better run. The tornodo sirens are blaring in my town and our dogs our howling. We are going to have terrible storms and tornadoes today in Atlanta. Have I mentioned how much I hate tornadoes? Stay safe if you live in Georgia!