Monday, March 28, 2011

Nascar Retreat

Every February Charlie heads to Florida for the Daytona 500 Nascar Race. For the last several years, I have turned our house into a 3-day sewing retreat spending several hours sewing with my small group. It is amazing how much you can accomplish when there are no interruptions.

Only a few of us were actually able to make it this year but we still had such a great time catching up. I worked on several projects since that is how I seem to work best. Festival of Trees is a BOM that I have been collecting. Here is a picture of my blocks and a picture from the book showing what it will look like when it is done.

This is a kit that Kelleigh chose with Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush fabric line. She loved it and knew immediately that was going in her room. She picked out a buttercup color for her walls to match. The pattern was so fun to piece but I would have never picked it up based on the picture on the cover.

I also worked on my blocks from Little Miss Shabby BOM. She suggests you make all the blocks first and then all you have to do is the embroidery.

I also worked on a lap quilt for a friend but it still needs quilted.

Ellyn worked on a hand quilting project and also a pillow cover. The hand quilted item took up most of her time and really makes us appreciate sewing machines.

Carol is so fast at sewing and quilting and always accomplishes a lot. Pepper loved the quilt she finished.

I really like Edyta Sitar and after showing Carol her lasted book, she worked on a scrappy star.

You can never leave your machine unattended. There is always a snake, spider or some other creature that ends up on it. One year we mysteriously had our machines TP'd.

Ellen worked on a very beautiful table runner. The pictures just do not do it justice. She also did some quilting for donation quilts. Carol and her are really good about charity sewing.

Looking forward to many more weekends with this group.

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