This past weekend, my SURMA group got together for some sewing in the North Carolina mountains. After we met at Sew South last year, we had gotten together over the summer and had a blast. And it was time for more laughter, fabric shopping and catching up, with some sewing in between!
Last time we got together, there was lots of talk about the Accuquilt, so this time, I brought mine and the new Fall 2013 dies. There are lots of great new shapes!! I had brought fabric to make a clamshell quilt, so I showed everyone how it works and cut this!!
I’ve actually already sewn together the top four rows there. Here’s a close up! Because it’s accurately cut, it’s ridiculously easy to piece. And looks so precise!! I cut everything in about an hour:) Love that!
Sarah also cut everything for a clamshell quilt and sewed her first ever curves!! She’s loving it! Her curves look great!
Holli also got in on the clamshell action. She’s using an Acacia layer cake. She wants hers to be a bit larger so she ordered a couple more layer cakes and her own clamshell die for further cutting at home. It’s going to be gorgeous!! Chrissy is plotting one too.
I think you can tell that we are fans! There’s also a mini clamshell:) Tessa kept trying to get me back on track; I was supposed to be working on my Taffy quilts. They’re almost done, so photos soon. We did lots of quilt chatting! Holli and Sarah snuggled up with a good book.
We had decided to have a swap- which we called A Very SURMA Christmas! I had Nicole!! I made her my Lazy Sunday pattern in Acacia! Christen caught the best picture of her expression!! She was very surprised!
Here’s a glamour shot of the front!
And the back!! I love the raccoons!
I did infinity quilting. Shocker. I used Aurifil for the quilting which I love because it really sinks in and is so fine.
And Mack the Chihuahua struck a pose:)
I think she liked it because she used it all weekend. Loved quilts are the best!
And here us what I received!! Sarah is a big fat liar and had me totally convinced that someone else had my name. I actually thought it was Xandi!! But alas, Sarah had me! She had made this AMAZING BAG a while back that I freaked over! And she made me one!!
It’s basically the greatest bag that ever was!! Leather and linen. LOVE!
I had been plotting making my own bag to Sarah, so she knew of my love of interior zipper pockets and this Indian Summer print.
And my love of orange was acknowledged in the pocket lining.
And she made me an awesome little pouch to go with it!! She was the best partner ever!
My name was stamped on there:) Sarah, every single thing you gave me (even the freaking kitten calendar) was perfect! I’m so glad that we are friends!! I will think of you every time I use them:)
If there is one thing you always have to do while Uphome, it’s eat s’mores!!! Melissa and I are co-fire chiefs. This time, we introduced the Reese’s s’more. Thank you Pinterest!
My love of all things s’more is well documented and Nicole made me the coolest thing ever!! It’s a s’more carrier! What?! I know. Best. Invention. Ever. The pattern is by Cary Quilting Co.
Nicole has become a great friend over the past year! We met at a TMQG event that she came to and became better friends at Sew South. Everyone calls her Mom, Sweet Vic and she should be Sweet Nic! She’s the type of friend that understands how completely awesome a handmade travel container dedicated to s’mores would be to me. She’d mentioned the s’more carrier, but I never thought it would actually happen. And it’s so cool! You’re awesome and I love it!
It holds everything you need!
And the fabric is perfect!!
I am so blessed to have each one of these talented, amazing creative ladies in my life! Y’all keep me grounded and inspired. And I’m already looking forward to our next adventure.