The guild plans various and retreats and outings and I signed myself up for the summer retreat this year. We stayed here. The house is located in Black Hawk, CO - about an hour and half (give or take) from Fort Collins. The house can comfortably hold twelve people and we had eleven guild members attend. We carpooled, meal planned and really bonded as a group.
It was my first time away from Evelyn on a solo trip. I was nervous about it because Mat has never kept her entirely on his own before. He's totally capable so I'm not implying that. I am saying that she is my precious, perfect baby and no one watches her or loves her like I do! However, to be a good mom, I really needed a break. I needed to recharge my batteries, worry about feeding only myself and not having to wipe anyone else's butt for a few days. I got the break I wanted and was able to finish multiple works in progress and also complete a few new projects. It was awesome and I can't wait to do it again!
This is the new sewing machine Mat bought for me earlier this year. Evelyn has discovered it and she is pretty fascinated with all it can do (read: pulling thread and running with it). I am self-taught at sewing but can't wait to pass on what I know to her one day.
I made our family Christmas stockings. Mat's is first (it's hard to see but the print is an old woody station wagon with a cut Christmas tree on top). The middle one is Evelyn's and the third one is mine.
This is a summer quilt I made for Evelyn using 'Wee Wander fabric; that fabric reminds me of childhood summers. You can't really tell from the picture but the fabric is images of wild flowers, children playing in the grass, catching lightning bugs and putting them in jars, horses running, etc. Since returning home we have already taken a nap with it twice. It washed up so soft and snuggly.
This quilt has been around for over two years. This is the third quilt top I made and it shows. My skills have improved dramatically since first sewing this quilt top. I finished it up at the retreat by quilting it on my new machine and binding it. I will still use it and it holds meaning for me but I'm happy to finally be able to say I've improved. Also, Mat doesn't like it. He isn't a fan of yellow and it does have a certain pukey-ness about it.
This is a commissioned baby quilt top my fellow guild member Carmen made. This picture isn't the best but the quilt was really darling.
This is a quilt top a fellow guild member, Minnow (aka Sarah) made. She pieced the whole thing over the course of the weekend (in case you didn't know, that's a lot of work!).
This is a second quilt top Carmen put together. This one is for her sister.
It took all day but I made a "super tote." I absolutely love it; it's sturdy and made out of linen fabrics, well lined, has an exterior pocket and an interior zipper. This is a new (and already popular) pattern by well-known sewing blogger Noodlehead.
These are divided fabric baskets Carmen and I finished up the morning of the last day of the retreat. Mine is on the left and hers is on the right. This is another Noodlehead pattern.
Carmen and Minnow. Our honorary pregnant guild members wearing their matching Target maternity t-shirts!
Beth's feathers blow me away. These are from a tutorial on Anna Maria Horner's blog and in case you ever wanted to know if I have a "favorite" fabric designer, I don't but you could never go wrong if you want to buy me any of Anna's fabric. I currently have three entire collections in my sewing room right now (Hand Drawn Garden, Dowry and Pretty Potent). I plan(ned) to make a King sized quilt (gulp) for our bed using all of that fabric. Beth is using these feathers in a wall hanging.
We also did some swaps at the retreat which were a lot of fun. We made zippered pouches and mini quilts that measure about 15".
This is the mini I made. It measures 16x16 and is my first one. I really like the way it turned out. "They" say if you have a hard time getting rid of it in a swap then it's probably perfect to give away. I think that's a fair statement.
This is the mini I got. If you are thinking 'whoa!' right now, you'd be right. It is super awesome and I LOVE it.
This is my nerdy zippered pouch I made. I really loved it and didn't want to get rid of it. And I don't have enough fabric left over to make another one. That means swapping it was the right choice.
Unfortunately, I can't find the zip pouch I got in its place. I have unpacked all my clothes and stuff I made at the retreat but I have one giant suitcase full of fabric, patterns, notions, etc. Basically all the stuff I took with me to the retreat as potential project to work on is still packed up. I've been so tired at night that I just haven't gotten to it yet. The one I got is pink and cute so it was a fair trade.
All in all, this was such a great getaway for me. It was productive, therapeutic, much-needed and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Goodbye Quinberry! See ya next time!