This past weekend, and the awesome sewing retreat, came and went so quickly. I didn’t get a lot of photos because I was busy sewing, but thought I’d write an update on how the event went and report on what I was able to finish!
I’m pretty sure I packed up my whole damn sewing room. I even took my sewing chair, as was suggested by my sister in law. This is what 3 machines that sew in some way, plus half a sewing room, look like in a hatchback:
See that last photo? That’s my personal stuff for the weekend. The rest was allllll for sewing.
I took the ~100 minute drive up along I-39 from the Madison area to the retreat center (a hotel with conference center) on Thursday afternoon. I passed a sign that said “Warning: watch for dust” and was told there are a lot of potato farms in the area. I also spotted a pro-creationism (or maybe it was anti-evolution?) billboard that made me feel like I was in a different dimension. It didn’t say which organization it was sponsored by, but there was a phone number on it. Wonder what happens if you call?
ANYWAY. Sewing retreat. OK, I was actually the only one calling it that. It was really a quilting retreat and everyone else was piecing quilt tops and sewing bindings onto wall hangings and what have you. Thankfully, only one woman gave me the side eye (and a snarky comment) about sewing clothes, and I got a couple interested questions from a couple of others. Overall, a very pleasant group to sit and sew with.
Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning were a bit of a blur with all of the sewing and evening wine, but the days were punctuated with lunches and dinners and long chats with my sister in law, J. I stayed up until TWO AM sewing on Saturday night! It was pretty fab.
Having so much sewing time was awesome, but I missed Cheeks and his daddy a lot. We FaceTimed every day or so, which was so nice.
It’s also been pretty warm up here the last week or so (highs around 60; unheard of for February!), so I decided to take a break and go for a walk.
Regretfully, I didn’t get any photos of the wonderful shop (Antoinette’s Quilt Shop in Plover, WI) that organized the retreat (argh!), which is kind of silly since I was there at least three times over the weekend. I did get some inspiration for my next quilt, though, which I plan to make with these two roll-ups (jelly rolls) from the shop!
Planning to fashion after this pattern.
Speaking of fabric, there were awesome door prizes every day, too…and I won on these one yard cuts and pattern! Yaaaay! Thanks again, Antoinette’s and J! It was all SO FUN!
That all said, before I start my next quilt there are just a few things I need to get done. So, I bet you’re wondering: of the 30+ items I said I was going to make, which ones did I get done, and which are still languishing in project boxes? Here’s a quick run through: I’ll (probably) be posting more about each project later!
Finished for me (read more about fabrics, etc. in this planning post):
I also got one additional mystery project done that I’ll probably share late next month. I’m so excited about that one! *Steeples fingers like Mr. Burns*
And here’s what I got done for Sweet Cheeks! You can see more about fabrics, etc. in this planning post.
Since this beanie is pretty straight forward, I won’t be posting about it separately. Here he is in it!
So that’s what about two and a half days of sewing looks like for me. Can you figure out what I didn’t get done? A LOT. Turns out I’m not a wizard, but I still feel like I got quite a bit accomplished. Eyes bigger than the stomach and all that. Here they all are, in the order I plan to accomplish them:
- Got these about half done but ran out of time.
2. I didn’t even get these cut out pre-retreat. He looks tres adorable in overalls and doesn’t have any that fit at the moment, so these are next!
3. While it’s still winter-ish, thought it would be nice to get this robe done.
4. These next two are here on the list so I actually get them done. I’ve been meaning to for a while now..
6. And while it’s still Springtime (or thereabouts) thought this one should be next. I really meant to at least start this at the retreat, as making a coat is one of my big goals for this year, but alas…I did not.
7. I so love this dress, and will make it, but it is a FABRIC HOG and I haven’t been able to decide on a fabric. When I finally get around to cutting this one out will determine whether I make it sleeved or not.
8. These pants have been taunting me since the pattern came out, and I have the absolutely perfect rayon/nylon ponte in my stash just waiting to be cut.
9. He doesn’t really need more of these hats (I’m making two) until May, so they are last.
With all of these yet to finish, plus a few gift/secret projects on my plate, I imagine you won’t be seeing another planning post from me until late March to mid April. Whew!