Stash Bash

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to The Stash Bash! I’ve spent the whole week recovering and trying to catch up on sleep!

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It was hosted by Chris aka Frecklemama. She is as much fun in person as she is online!! Love her! This awesome gift was made by Jill. And we all signed it!

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I went with three of my super awesome sewing friends (they’re part of this group!) and we had the best time!! There were also some pretty amazing sponsors which led to pretty amazing swag bags and prizes throughout the weekend! Nicole, Tessa, me & Melissa!

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As with all retreats, it’s really about the people!! So much talent! So much laughter!! So many new friends!!! I am already looking forward to seeing them next year!

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I’ve been on sewing retreats before, but this was a totally different (completely awesome!) experience. First off, it’s at a camp! Anyone that’s ever heard me talk about camp knows I LOVE CAMP! Seriously, I once broke my leg on the first day of camp and stayed five more weeks (in a cast). I LOVE CAMP! This was a more cushy version with really nice bunks! This is me on my bunk!

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And Tessa on her bunk!! So much quilty goodness in the bunk house!

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Melissa braved the top bunk!

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We sewed in the main lodge which had a GORGEOUS VIEW of the lake! So much natural light!! I want to sew in this room forever!

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Our path through the woods!

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We had a fat quarter swap!! These ladies are all so much fun! Jenny, Marcia & Laurel! And I got some really cute fabrics!!

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There was a Designer Star Patchwork Threads sighting on Katie!!

IMG_3464I worked on a lot of things while I was there. I made this little pouch to hold all my bloc loc rulers. I used blind machine appliqué and a little hand embroidery!!

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I also made a Designer Star with Bonnie Christine Reminisce. This line has great colors!

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Nicole worked on MY medallion!! I love it!!!

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Beth from Stash Fabrics brought part of her store to the retreat! A great pop up shop!! She is the sweetest person too! Love her!

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And she has an awesome new website, so make sure that you check it out. Seriously, she’s got the best taste. She’s transitioning from Etsy to her own site, so if you don’t see something you want, let her know. I bought Dreamin’ Vintage from her. I cannot wait to sew with this!!

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My Secret Sewing Agent (aka magical fairy that left presents at your sewing station) was awesome!! It was Lisa aka Modern Balabusta. She’s the best and spoiled me with Denyse and more!! She was also one of my favorite people on the retreat!

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And she made me this ADORABLE selvage needle case and more yummy fabric and snacks! That’s a text bundle!!

IMG_3441I had my dear friend Tessa, so I spoiled her with lots of fun things!! And I managed to keep it a secret for the whole weekend which was amazing.

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Tessa used my All Sewn Up pattern to make this for her secret agent. It’s so awesome and I wanted to steal it!!

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Everything Tessa makes is just perfect!! LOVE!! The handmade tab…genius!

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I got a surprise from a sweet friend! It’s going in my sewing studio!!
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All of the swag was awesome, but this was a real highlight. Aurifil in the same color in every weight! I cannot wait to make a sampler with this!! I think it will be cool to stitch out all the weights side by side.
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I also won this super awesome phone case/wallet! Love!!

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It is easy to get caught up in all the “things” that we got! From pretty handmades to the awesome shirts from Sonya, but this weekend was so much about the people! I loved meeting each and every one of them. I left feeling so inspired by so many amazing women!! I will be there next year and hope everyone will be back!! I wish every weekend was a sewing retreat!
xo LC

Mother Daughter Sewdown

Last year at Sew South, I met some amazing peeps! One great thing about some of the gals I met is that they also got their love of all things textile from their moms. (Y’all know I learned all from my Mom aka The Guru.) Chrissy decided it would be fun to coordinate a Mother Daughter Sewdown. Obviously The Guru and I were in!! Chrissy had heard about this great retreat center in Waynesville. It’s all set up for a fabulous sewing or quilting retreat…complete with books, rulers, cutting tables, ironing stations and lots of adorable rooms to sleep in! This is the outside. I spy a BARN QUILT! Here was the team: Chrissy & her mom Linda, The Guru and I, Nicole and Sweet Vic and Amanda Jean and her mom Bev!

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My pictures of the inside were not awesome (messy). I swiped this one from Chrissy’s instagram feed. Look at all the books!! BOOKS!!

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I putzed around on Friday night chatting away. So, Saturday, I was ready to get my sew on! I brought two layer cakes to make my new Lazy Sunday Quilt pattern! I decided to make them simultaneously. Sweet Serenade is a gorgeous muted line with blacks, peaches, teals and creams.

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While High Street is bright and fun!

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I finished up Sunday morning just before we left! I’ll be showing more of these when I finish them:)

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I’m also excited to report that Sew Lux Fabric is now offering the Lazy Sunday pattern as part of a kit! They have High Street and Sweet Serenade with plans for more in the near future. This quilt is so fun to put together!! The guru also made her blocks for a Lazy Sunday baby quilt! She used Road 15. I love it!!

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Another great surprise!! Nicole brought her Designer Star to show off!

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As always, I should have been better about getting pictures of everyone! I had a great time!! We are already planning the next Mother Daughter Sewdown…

xo LC