Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Sewing Retreat

As promised, here are some pictures from our sewing retreat over the weekend ...

This is the view from the back porch of the cabin ... isn't it glorious? The waterfall is actually just a little water trickle right now, because of the drought, but it is still just beautiful to look at! And the weather was incredible! So much cooler than on the coast, and no humidity! What a nice change ...

We all brought our sewing machines and various projects with us and took over the entire cabin. It was fantastic. I mean ... we literally had 5 sewing machines around the dining room table. It was a blast!

The really funny thing was that everyone had the same sewing machine, except me. I felt like the odd-man-out.

Here is Suzanne working on Christopher's quilt. She ended up finishing two quilt tops and one doll quilt top!

I don't think Stephanie was happy with me for taking this picture, do you? This might be my favorite picture from the entire weekend ... cracks me up every time I look at it!

My dad's wife was the star of the weekend ... she's a beginner at sewing, and she tackled her first big project ... making a seat cushion for a window nook. I was so impressed with how it turned out ... this is her showing off her hard work!

This is a shot of the whole kitchen / dining room area as we were working. The kitchen island served as a fantastic cutting station. Even though Suzanne's mom wouldn't let me take a picture of her, I managed to catch her here ... hard at work ironing one of the two quilt tops she finished while we were there.

And here I am ... with my first attempt at a pencil case for my drawing pencils. Well, actually, if I'm honest, this is my second attempt. My first attempt revealed my severe lack of pattern-making skills. Let's just say that I had to make some major adjustments to the finished size of the case ... but it didn't take me long before I was pleased with this final result. More on this project in a future post ...

Overall, we each got a lot accomplished, and had a lot of fun chatting and laughing and bonding. I think we'll make a habit of it!

oh yeah ... and GO OBAMA!!!!! *

* does not in any way indicate support of Barack Obama for president. I seriously don't know who I'm going to vote for (I might like to try my friend Cheryl's approach), but this was our motto for the weekend, after hearing of a friend's HILARIOUS encounter with a staunch Obama supporter.

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