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!


  1. You are going to have a great time. Remember to take all of your machine cords!

  2. Stay safe!! I am loving your scrappy star quilt!

  3. I have been going to a annual retreat for years and love it! I recommond own coffee mug with a lid. Also an extra light conference room lighting is never good. Don't forget your extention table either - I have forgotten that for sew days. Have a great time!

  4. How lovely to be going on retreat and with such great projects. I especially love the polka dot star - it's gorgeous!

  5. Hi Cindy. I hope you didn't get a tornado. We actually had some in Australia this summer. Thankfully not near where I live. We've had a crazy summer of disastrous weather events down here. Bushfires, tornadoes and now floods.

  6. Your polka dot star is beautiful!! Have a great time. :)

    (PS - I'm "LuvSnoopy" from the Books and Blocks bee that we just finished :)

  7. Looks like you will hve plenty to keep you busy. I hope the tornado didn't hit.


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