Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sew Simply Stitched 2017 (day 2&3)

This first picture is a quilt hanging in the local Roosevelt quilt shop called "Annie's Quilt Shop" (nope not my shop, lol).  It's such a friendly store!  They have quite a good variety of fabrics that include minky, flannel, extra wide backing.  I fell in love with this horse panel quilt!  I purchased the fabrics with the idea to sew on it while at the retreat.  The shop didn't have any more patterns to purchase.  So I measured and planned it out with the help of my two retreat/condo chums.  
The square in a square made with brown and blue, created the separation rows.  I decided to do
half square triangles because it seemed easier to me to figure the math to make them.

This was the super sewing set-up in our condo living room. Two of us brought Sew-EZ tables (the white tables in the foreground)

Working on my Horse panel quilt, I had to revert to the old fashioned way of making half square triangles. The first step of cutting all the squares out and pairing a blue and brown, right sides together.  Second was drawing diagonal lines on each set, and third sewing 1/4" on each side of that line. Fourth,  I cut on the diagonal drawn line, and fifth, I needed to trim to correct sizes. Whew...  That was SLOW going, compared to my more preferred method of  Triangles on a Roll papers.

We walked early morning Thursday...YIKES it was 42 degrees outside!  The point on my nose and the tips of my fingers were freezing-COLD. 

I did enjoy the hay pasture smells and the pretty fields.  Later in the day we walked again and it was
warmer.  Also, the cows had been moved to the pastures and I enjoyed their moooos as we walked
by them.  Friday we walked later in the day.  I figured that I didn't want that point on my nose to fall off!  LOL
Friday was our class with Carmen Geddes.  And she was just theee awesomest!... so down to earth, very informative, and wonderfully patient in explaining and helping each individual student to be successful. 

I would definitely take a class from her again!  =D
There were many other GREAT classes and GREAT teachers!!  You can visit the Sew Simply Stitched website to see who all was there to enlighten and brighten the quilty lives of those
who attended the retreat. 
This was my main squeeze when I tucked myself into bed at night.  =P.  Okay, I know... I might be a leeeeetle too old for this sort of thing =P.  Honestly, though, it really is relaxing to hold a stuffy when away from home.  I feel like I can go to sleep easier in a strange place with a stuffy. 

The three of us in the condo, each had our own retreat color.  This was my rotary cutter fob.
We had a roll  ribbon in our colors too, so that we could attach to tote bags, and other retreat items.
These fun engraved mugs greeted as we drank our morning hot drinks, or our afternoon cool drinks.
Our initials on the other side kept us from getting our drinks mixed up =D
The quilty-ladies sleep-over wouldn't have been complete without each of us having our very own
 RUBY slippers LOL
In closing, I'd like to say a very sincere and heartfelt  THANK YOU to  those wonderful ladies that put in so much work to make attendees feel welcome and "spoiled".  The displays were very fun to look at and the table settings on the food tables were so cute!  We had fun games and prizes.  I'm sure it was a LOT of work!  Thank you for a great Sew Simply Retreat 2017!!  I can't wait to attend again in 2018 =D.
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There's no age limit to sleepovers or retreats, right?  =D
We do have to grow older...but, we don't have to grow "up".
Sometimes, being able to act like a kid again is the best treat we can give ourselves.  =)



Granny Annie said...

These last two posts were fantastic. What a fun retreat. I shall share with my quilter sister-in-law and my senior center quilters. Who knows, they might join you in 2018:-)

Mama Bell said...

Looks like it was a great adventure. You are smart to take pictures and give us a glimpse of your fun time! Thanks for sharing, Annie! XO

Susan said...

Love the ruby slippers - love the idea of coloured ribbon for everyone too...what a lot of fun you must have had.

Emma said...

I usually just snuggle a pillow if I'm sleeping away from home, but I agree - something/someone to hold makes it feel more like home.

Anonymous said...

What a great retreat! And classes, too! Just sounds like great fun! Thanks for sharing.