2016 Camp Sew ‘N’ Sew has come and gone. I wish it were still going, even though if it were, I would have run out of both fabric and patterns by now. Still, a girl’s got to get a little starry eyed (stitchy-eyed?) at the thought. As they say, all good things must come to an end. Until Next Year!
The spread above is a small sample of what I, and my sewing buddy Earin, achieved during our 3 1/2 day retreat. Sewing Camp starts on a Monday, and end at noon on Thursday. Not quite four full days.
This year it was hosted at a conference center at Lake Tahoe. Wow, talk about the view! The room was full natural light, with the pristine blue lake and pine trees out the window. One had to be careful not to waste too much precious sewing time staring at the scenery.
Meals were provided by the conference center as well. Someone else did the cooking and the clean-up. Even though our numbers (14) were small, they offered a vegetarian meal option. Yum! The veggie meals were so good (spicy squash rat-a-tat-tat-a-touie), some of the carnivores wanted to switch! Dueling forks at the dinner table, almost.
There was ample room to sew – machines and sergers could be set-up side by side. The center of the room was a designated cutting station made of several banquet tables pushed together. There were even self-healing mats for those using rotary cutters. A separate nook was reserved for ironing.
Lest you think we were all head’s down, sewing furiously, this was not the case. There was visiting, laughter, banter and helpful suggestions. We caught up on spouses, kids, grandkids, pets. There was pattern fitting. UFO finishing. We even had after dinner movies.
For me, it took a full day to unwind, turn the phone off and relax into my stitching rhythm. Eventually, I hit my stride. What a contrast from last year’s goings-on. Bliss!