January for us means one important thing… OUR ANNUAL SEWING RETREAT!!
Any time spent at Ali’s river house is always special, and this year we added an extra day because we committed to something new – an actual sewing retreat! We are so excited to announce that we were asked to be teachers at this year’s Virginia Consortium of Quilters bi-annual retreat in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. We will be teaching full-day workshops for our Stowaway and Whole Shebang bag patterns, but we also offered to teach our Wine Totes, Winezies, and All Charged Up free patterns as fillers, so we knew we needed to spend a lot of time refreshing our minds about all five patterns.
We spent the first day making decisions about fabrics, notions, and then Cutting.All.The.Things.
Oh, and we went grocery shopping. SUPER important step.
And of course, beautiful sunsets are just gravy.
Day two was super productive and before lunch we had two amazing finishes – Wine Totes and All Charged Up.
Since it was a (cold, but) gorgeous day, we made sure to get out of the house and headed to historic Gloucester Virginia for a delicious lunch at LuLu Bird’s Kitchen.
After lunch, we refocused and finished out day two with another fabulous finish – Stowaway.
On our third and final day, we focused on our last two fun finishes – Winezies and Whole Shebang.
Neither of us have sewn Winezies in a while, and we remembered how nice and quick they come together, as well as how cute they are! The versions we sewed up in this sweet winter flannel would make amazing hostess or holiday gifts.
We both were a bit blown away by the beauty of this Whole Shebang after we finished – it gave us all the *heart eyes*
We both felt so rejuvenated after sewing together and being creative together for three days in one of the most peaceful places in the world. Until next year!