Last weekend I spent a lovely time with my bestie since age 8, Cheryl. Every summer we meet up at The Cornerstone Inn, a B&B in Nashville, IN, bring our sewing machines, projects, and wine, and have a wonderful time catching up with each other! The Cornerstone Inn is not your typical Bed and Breakfast. The hot breakfasts are buffet style with several choices every morning. Delicious fresh fruit is always in abundance. Homemade goodies are available starting at 4 pm and desserts in the evening from 7:30 – 10:00 pm. With all this available we find we only need to eat a late lunch /early dinner out each day. They are so accommodating that they have let us peek in each room to see which ones work best for us to set up our machines and sew. And if the chapel isn’t being used the weekend we are there, they let us set up in there and give us the key! The chapel is about 15 x 20 with it’s own bathroom. Couldn’t ask for more.
I decided to spend some time sewing a couple projects for myself for a change:
We spent A LOT of our weekend perusing the 430 classes being offered at the Houston Quilt Festival because that’s our next trip together!! We are SO excited! Cheryl is retiring at the end of August and I’ve just been retired for a year, so this is our retirement trip together. Neither of us has ever been so we want to make the most of it. We wanted to take some classes together, but not be tied to feeling like we had to do that because of our different interests. We registered on Wednesday, the first day registration was open, and are both thrilled with our choices. Can’t wait!
I did make good progress on my projects over the weekend. I finished the Trapezoid Tote and made headway on my Beatle Bag.
In order to finish the Beatle Bag, I need to find a 2″ metal ring for the front of the bag. I wish they would have included this with the pattern, as they did the plastic zippered compartments. I have had a terrible time trying to find one. I have been to JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Menards, and my local quilt shops. One of the quilt shops had a dark wooden one, but I think this bag is begging for a silver one.
It was a fabulous week with much chatting, planning, and sewing!
Take Care til next week and thanks for following me!
Comfort quilt finished! I was able to complete Megan’s gift and present it to her before her third chemo treatment. My heart is in every stitch. I gave a lot of thought as I was piecing and quilting for just the right thing to say on the label.
The bits and pieces that represent life’s ebb and flow, ups and downs, joys and sorrows are on the front.
I echo quilted the tumbler shape after I stitched in the ditch. I decided to name the quilt, Lemonade for Megan because we all know what we are supposed to do when life gives us scraps.
The label side was made of a wide single paisley printed fabric in case she preferred it over the scrappy side.
It was a slow week in my studio. I was unpacking from one vacation and getting packed for an upcoming weekend trip. I did have a good time playing with my fabric stash and auditioning fabrics for upcoming projects, though.
I also sewed two of my newest patches on my Airstream sweatshirt. I collect jacket patches instead of bumper stickers when we visit places while Airstreaming. Getting ready for a new season of adventures and friendships!
This week I had time to bond with my new Baby Lock Ovation! Effortless serging. I love it! One evening I ran to JoAnn’s to check out their knits. I wanted to make a beach cover up and maybe a knit dress for our upcoming vacation. It has been so long since I made any clothes that I didn’t know what the fabric selection would be like. I just know it is hard to find fashion fabric anymore! I did find a pattern for a beach cover up and one for a knit dress as well as four knits.
So this week I got to get back to my sewing roots and made some clothing.
Really love how both of these turned out, which is kind of amazing. Both are super soft and comfy.
This dress will probably become loungewear it’s so soft. Perfect for after workout/shower. Not quite getting dressed again, but not quite pjs.
Guess you can tell this is one of my favorite colors.
Also made this cool ruffled skirt I spotted a gal wearing in Utah. She was the store manager of a sewing center and she showed me how simple it is to make. This ruffled knit fabric comes in several colors and the ruffles can be all the same size or different sizes like mine. It’s only two pieces cut on the bias so the ruffles fall at different angles. Two side seams and no need to hem! Several colors available for the elastic waistband as well. If you are able to find the fabric locally, ask them for the pattern for the Boho skirt. It’s free.