You may remember about a year ago I attended something called Crafty Weekender. Or maybe you don't. You can refresh yourself here. Much like last year's retreat, I hadn't planned on attending but found myself with a surprise opportunity to fill an opening last minute. Amazingly, Brent didn't have any shows scheduled and I didn't have one thing on the calendar so I was in! I only had a few days notice so I quickly threw some random projects in a bag, did some laundry, made sure the mister and the kid could survive without me for a few days, and I was off!
This time, I was headed to a cabin in Cookson, OK which is on Lake Tenkiller. It was only an hour and a half drive with wonderful weather and raunchy podcasts. I did arrive a day late (seems I never get to stay at a retreat the entire time!) but the gals promised to not have any fun until I got there. ;)
This cabin was MADE for sewing enthusiasts because it was designed BY a sewing enthusiast! There were existing design walls, cutting and ironing stations, patterns tacked to every wall, a fully stocked kitchen, and a quilt for every bed! The owner is also a massage therapist so some of the gals opted for an hour of relaxation on site! I wish I'd known about that service beforehand!
It was a tad tight with twelve people working and living here but we certainly managed and got along quite well! Susannah consistently organizes a wonderfully laid back retreat. New to this weekender were sponsors! We all got goodie bags and enjoyed numerous giveaways throughout the weekend. She also made a screen for us to use for printing which mighty cool. Oh, and one night we gambled with fabric! Yes!
In addition to all of that goodness, she organized a pillow swap for everyone who wanted to participate. I immediately wrote it off because, last minute McGee here didn't have time to make a pillow...or so she thought. Of course, the night before I left, I decided I HAD to make a pillow to swap so I did! I played around with some Dresden diamonds (taken from Dana's wonderful book) and came up with this puppy. I LOVED it. I was a little sad to say goodbye but was thrilled with whom it went home!
I scored the COOLEST sequined pillow from Linda - I know, sequins? Briana? These are no ordinary sequins, they flip back and forth! You CANNOT stop touching this pillow. I am enamored with it. And so is everyone else in my household.
So what did I make? First, I made myself a Sylvie Dress! Brent bought me this pattern for Christmas and I finally made time to play around with it. I'm not 100% thrilled with the shape BUT I think I could have probably gone down a size and would have been much happier. I plan on taking this one in a little and making another smaller one. It was a fun make though!
I finished off the weekend with an early morning zipper bag for a thank you gift for a friend. Used fabrics I won during our gambling spree and a zipper from our goodie bag.