Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blossom Sewing Tuck Kits

To prepare for my recent class at the Winter Quilt Retreat, I made kits for the Blossom Sewing Tuck.  I planned on making 10,and there was enough wool for 12, but not enough ribbon.  We prepared 12 kits, took 10 to the retreat, and ordered more ribbon which I received today.

The kit contains everything you need to make the Tuck, including fabric, ribbons, and embellishment threads.
This is a fun project and the wool applique makes it very easy to get all your pieces sewn down to begin the fun part - embellishment.  Not only is the Tuck practical, keeping all your notions in one place, it is beautiful!  Inside there is a covered pocket for extra needles and threads, a velvet pincushion, needle book, and a place for pencils.  The scissor pocket includes a tie to keep scissors from slipping out.



If you've been wanting a new sewing kit, here is your chance.  Kits are available in my Etsy shop, but there are only 2. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winter Quilt Retreat

There is always a bit of nervousness when I'm asked to teach in a new place or present a trunk show.  The never-ending questions of, "do they really want to see my quilts", "will they be disappointed", "will they sneak out when I'm not looking"?  In spite of my doubts, quilts were gathered, patterns were copied, kits were made, threads and wool were ordered, and the car was tightly packed for the trip to the Winter Quilt Retreat at Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon, Utah.

I have heard about this retreat for many years and always wished I could go.  Imagine how excited, and nervous, I was last year when Bonnie Miles, the organizer of this retreat was in one of my classes.  I thought, "maybe if she likes this class, she will invite me to her retreat".  When I received Bonnie's invitation a few months ago, I was almost giddy.  This retreat is a BIG deal!  Classes are held in the morning, afternoon, and evening, with show & tell and trunk shows twice each day.  Their were several vendors just in case we "needed" some fabric or supplies, and meals were served promptly to hundreds of hungry women.

On Wednesday I taught the Blossom Sewing Tuck and you can see we are very busy stitching. I forgot to take photos in the City and Country Bucket class  but remembered in my Day Tripper class when we were working on the foundation for the front flap.

As always, it was fun to meet new stitching friends.  It's just amazing how quilting can bring us together and teach us what common paths we travel.  This was a special time for me and I'm just hoping to attend next year.

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