Simple Stitches Sewing School had our 1st Annual Sewing Retreat! I had always dreamed of hosting a sewing retreat for a LONG time. Janette and I put that dream into motion, put in hours and hours of work, and the following is what it turned into! We couldn't be happier with the outcome! We had 14 ladies join us for our maiden voyage and all of us had a blast! We arrived at My Girlfriends Quilt Shop Attic early on Thursday morning to set up and get everything ready to roll. We love the space here and how much personal space you get when sewing. Everyone had their own table this year which made it so nice!
As the ladies started showing up they were surprised with a box of our favorite things! (pincushion and frixon pens) They were in for so many surprises! Everyone started on their projects. Some ladies made the Bon Voyage bag that we were teaching. Most of them bought kits that we supplied (all the pieces came cut out...how nice is that?!)
Some ladies wanted to bring their own projects which is so fun! We love seeing what they are creating. Many of these ladies made new friends by the end of the retreat!
See this design wall? We now want one for the sewing school! How nice is that to have it stick to the wall instead of crawling around on the floor?! My two girls joined us for the three day retreat. It was so much fun to have them there too! Molly was able to finish sewing all her blocks and design it on the wall.
On day two we started seeing ladies complete their bags. Crazy how changing the fabrics changes the bag so much. So neat to see their personalities come out in the finished project! We also had so many generous donations for prizes from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop (www.loulousfabricshop.com), Handmade Is Heartmade (@handmadeisheartmade on Instagram), Sew Sweetness (www.sewsweetness.com) and Patterns by Annie (byannie.com). We couldn't have spoiled our ladies with out them!
We were so thrilled with how this retreat turned out! We feel so lucky to have such a great support system. We are already thinking about the next sewing retreat and collecting projects and ideas! Many of you have asked to sign up for the next one. Stay tuned...we will post it here and on our Instagram page (@simplestitchessewingschool) when sign ups are open.
We would love to have you on our next retreat! If you are interested and want to be put on the waiting list for sign ups, please send us an email!
Spots filled up fast the first time, so don't wait!
Until then...Happy Sewing!
Myra & Janette
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