These are my sewing friends. They are quite awesome!
Front row: Cindy, Amanda
Back row left to right: Rene’, Doris, Toni, Mary, me, Stephanie
I can’t remember the last time I sat at my sewing machine, especially since going to art school and starting my own business. Life gets busy, especially when you have so many interests and hobbies. So it was a treat to spend an extended weekend with my sewing buddies at a retreat center. This was our fifth year together, although I couldn’t make it last year because I was working at two design internships and a freelance job.
I managed to make this cool new bag using the new Pretty Potent fabrics which I love because they are bold, bright and beautiful. I also adore the illustrations that make up the repeating patterns on these prints.
The pattern seemed complicated, especially since I haven’t sewn anything in a long time, so I enlisted help from a few of my friends who already made this pattern and ended up making another bag with me. It’s the Sew Together Bag designed by Michelle of the Sew Demented blog, and it was actually very easy to follow. I called it the magic bag because it’s magical how everything comes together to make three zippered pouches on the inside that also form four additional inside pockets with one long zipper closure that doubles as a handle. I envision using this bag to hold sewing notions, but I need another one to hold drawing tools and another one to hold makeup, so I definitely need to make more of these. I really love her design and the pattern.
from left to right: Stephanie’s bag using Kaffe Fassett fabrics, my bag using Anna Maria Horner’s Pretty Potent fabrics, Cindy’s bag using Kaffe fabrics
I worked on some more patchwork using leftover squares, but no finishes to show yet. It was just fun to cut fabric and sew with friends.
Everyone brought wonderful gifts to exchange, which was like Christmas: a giant pincushion, a patchwork notebook cover including a composition notebook, a tea towel and hotpad set, a mini boxy pouch with a bar of soap, a patchwork zipper pouch filled with homemade caramels, and a spool of Aurifil thread and “happy” sign.
When you connect with a group of like-minded people who share similar interests, cherish them!
11 thoughts on “My Sewing Friends”
I love the gift exchange idea!
Thanks MaryKay! It was amazing the cool things people made this year. They customized their gifts to match the tastes of each person.
How super awesome!
Thanks Sarah! It was a super awesome way to spend a long weekend.
Hi Terri! I was happy to pick you just while ago in Amy’s blog! I can only imagine how much fun you friends have together when you meet! Your pouches are fantastic and all the presents look so beautiful and ispiring! x Teje
Hi Teje. It was really great to see my sewing friends again. We had a lot of fun sewing together, and telling stories and laughing and fabric shopping.
One of the best weekends of the year. You are all so precious to me. I”m SO glad we made the bag together. I could never have accomplished it on my own.
It was such a great weekend, wasn’t it! I cherish our friendship and the rare times we get to spend together in person! I adore my new Sew Together bag so much, especially because it was a fun group effort.