Do you ever feel that way? I didn’t even have a chance to savor and share the fun from the August Sew-in before the Fall Retreat in September was here. Our new venue for August at the Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton was a nice cool respite and a chance to try some new tricks. Georgia tried her hand at designing a purse to meet her Mom’s exact specifications, and Karen altered a paper pattern to make some custom-fitted kitchen accessories.
AAHHH, the joy of finishing! The pool table made a perfect staging place for the finished blocks Nilda had already completed from my 2010 Challenge Quilt class. After lots of stitching, she proudly displays the completed top! Who knew she was also a talented painter as she shared her vision of Machu Picchu in Peru. Nancy, Sharon, and Mary were happily intent on cranking out lots of tote bags as gifts for friends. See all the pictures in the Photo Gallery. These Sew-in weekends are a great time for concentrated work time and a chance to try new things too! Two more Sew-ins are currently open--November and February—with more dates coming!
Fall Fiber Arts Retreat brought some NEW Fiber Arts! While Stephanie happily explored her passion for cord-making and jewelry using the Diva Cord Maker, her friend Devora played with felting using some color coordinated roving. Up for an “impossible” challenge, Devora also mastered a two-way uneven plaid to construct a tailored wool jacket--TAKE THAT you, “it can’t be done” sayers! I must also show you her clever use of men’s’ ties for the handle and front pocket of her placemat purse. She used the “Backwards Tote” pattern from my Dual Pursenalities book and made it unique—great idea for you to try!
Joyce, Gina, and Diane worked on UFOs from last year’s retreat, and we lost track of all the quilts, wall hangings, fabric books, pillows, and bags completed by Lori, Jackie, Sharron, Lynette, Janeen , Dani, Marcia, Sharon, and Mary. It looked like a sweatshop as these determined gals raced from one project to another! You can see all the pictures in the Photo Gallery.
I am working on finalizing the new dates and locations for the Spring and Fall retreats for 2013. Things are still fluid so your input is valuable!