The weekend before we went to Pittsburgh for Quilt Market, a group of us had our annual retreat.
The peninsula of Whangarei Heads is beautiful, with lots of coastline, and the camp where we stay is a lovely spot with a gorgeous setting. Admittedly we are mostly heads down at our sewing machines but it is always nice to look up and take in the view. There are always some good walks to be had, as well, along the coastline.
|Always something happening out on the water.|
|We had a full house this year (18), luckily most of us have Sew-Ezi tables so|
we all fitted in (still setting up and waiting for later arrivals in this pic).
Prior to retreat we needed to organise a few props -
|Using 'breast cancer' fabric we sewed and sewed...|
|...and made this gorgeous table runner,|
perfect for our tea party.
|And for a bit of fun, can you spot the|
special biscuits I made, keeping to the
theme of the occasion?
|We also thought it would be fun to wear a quirky hat. For some reason this hat|
won the most votes as favourite!
This year I took a lot of little projects to retreat so in a way felt that I didn't achieve much, but I guess they all add up!
|I did start a new quilt, my new Red and White one for the SewCalGal challenge. |
Lots of learning which I will share another time.
|I made a recipe book cover for one of ED's friends.|
|..and decorated a hand towel as a gift for another friend.|
|A few of us decided to make this bag.|
Very cute, a lovely shape.
This pattern is by Gathering Stitchers and can be
|All so different!|
Today was the first chance I have had to unpack my sewing machine since retreat - I made a few simple blocks and feel whole again. The days are definitely cooler now so hopefully I can have a few more dates with it!
Have a great week and happy stitching,