It has been awhile since I have posted. I have been finishing up lots of projects that have been just hanging out there in need of some attention. I can't say that I am completely all caught up, but I have made it out of the very deep hole!
In November, I went to a sewing retreat with PINK CASTLE FABRICS called GLAMP STITCHALOT 2017. I have never done anything like this and it was amazing! I had SO. MUCH. FUN! We had the most fantastic instructors - ANNA MARIA HORNER | LIZZY HOUSE | GUICY GUICE | ANNEMARIE CHANY - sharing their wisdom and skills!!
I loved each class. The instructors each brought us a different project and set of skills to develop and learn. They were encouraging, super positive and really a whole-lot-of fun! It was such a gift to be able to meet and learn from some of the best in the business!
The venue was also perfect! All the meals were included. The hotel was really great and I met some of the nicest people that I now follow on Instagram! I can't wait to do this again next year!
There were 130 sewers at this event!
My first class was with Anna Maria Horner. We worked on applique techniques.
I had her sign my work - fan girl gone wild!
My finished pillow.
Next up was Lizzy House. She brought us a new quilt design that will be in her next book. It is called the Crystal Gem Quilt. I learned so much about color, tone and overall quilt scale. This session was challenging for me, but I truly learned so much. I literally finished her quilt today!
Here is the initial layout that I created during the event.
I expanded the quilt by using a white and black border.
Crystal Gem Quilt
On Day two, we started our morning with AnneMarie Chany. I learned how to finally - properly - sew curves! They have been my Achilles' heel for so long. I just love how this pillow turned out!
My last session was with Guicy Guice. He was so much fun! He taught us how to mini foundation paper piece. I was really intimidated by this technique, but as I got going, I really enjoyed it and was amazed at how quickly and beautifully the small blocks came together!
Here's my first block!
I was so excited about this technique, that I finished up the project as soon I came home. Here's the finished pillow.
To make this event even more fun, Pink Castle Fabrics also brought in their sewing machines for us to try and receive instruction on. They had fantastic deals and I bought one. I bought the Janome Memory Craft 6700. I love it! I am still learning all of it's features, but it is such a great machine!
Because I did not know really what to expect with this event, I decided to bring my precious ALISON GLASS FABRIC. This fabric is so vibrant and each line works interchangeably with each other.
I am really glad that I stuck with just one fabric designer. In the end, I have a beautiful set of pillows and a quilt that all coordinate with each other. They are going to the rec room and will provide a bright and cozy feeling to a fun place in our home.
I am looking forward to doing this all again next year!