Sew-In 2010 was a rousing success! On Friday the doors opened promptly at 9:30, and everyone zipped in like a herd of thundering yertles. Bet you didn’t know yertles could thunder, did you? There were dollys and hand carts loaded with machines, fabric, project baskets and treats. There were hugs and high-fives for friends not seen since the previous year. There was oogling and petting as we envied each others’ creations-to-be.
Besides the usual sumptuous meals, of which there were many we had a special cake-worthy celebration.
Can you believe that blonde youngster in the photo at left turned 80? Neither could I! She doesn’t look a day over 39. Everyone sang Happy Birthday. Some of us sang slightly off-key, but what we lacked in tone, we made up for in volume!
The cake, by the way, was delicious. So much so, I got my hand slapped for fingering the icing.
In addition to hours and hours of sewing, which there was aplenty, we also had several demos and projects that we could sign up for. One of the ones I took was learning how to make pin cushion teacups. My first thought on this was why would a pin cushion need a teacup? Do they drink tea? Well, it’s not that the pincushions are thirsty, but more a great way to use those lovely china cups that seem to gather dust in the cupboard.There was a lot of picking and sorting to find just the right teacup decoration. Some of us thought the floras made for a lovely chapeau, and tucked them behind our ears, in our hair and well, other places.
Nary a scrap was wasted either. One person’s bag-making cast off auditioned as a stylish headband.
First time attendees are sometimes subjected to good-natured pranks. A completely different meaning to the sewing practice of draping, don’t you think? While the sewing machine was unscathed beneath its adornment; it taught the owner to take a little less time fabric shopping!
Every day at meal time (lunch and dinner) there were goodies at our place settings. All of these were made by attendees. Can you believe it? Quite the talented bunch, I must say. A steno portfolio, scissor fobs, luggage identifiers, pin cushions, stationary, mylar envelopes for patterns and quilting pieces, and note pads. You’d think it was Christmas!
Whew! What a weekend. And of course, I absolutely did not get a picture of our Day of the Dead silent auction pieces. Suffice to say they found a wonderful home with someone who will be spreading them around the globe. I was told the pin cushions will be going to Germany, while the placematts and pot holders are a housewarming for a daughter and grandson setting up new digs.
Now it’s time to recuperate, and plan for next year. Sew-In 2011, here we come!