Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Third Time Is A Charm - Sew OK!

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea that I'd be able to go to SewOK.  In fact, I had given my sad RSVP many months ago, when the dates were released.  Turns out, I had horribly gotten some dates wrong and had scheduled three different events incorrectly in my calendar.  Long story short, my mistake royally sucked BUT in the end, I was able to run off last minute to SewOK!  Just TWO days before the retreat began, I was lucky enough to fill the ONE open spot remaining!  I was elated.
SewOK started three years ago and somehow, I've been lucky enough to attend them all (one and two).  It's been a real treat to see the event evolve and to have formed the friendships I have through it.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of my absolute favorite parts of these retreats is the relationship you form with the other attendees.  It's also a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills or tricks from those more experienced than you.  :)
Since I jumped aboard so last minute, I didn't have any projects planned or prepared for the weekend.  I threw some random fabrics in a bag and figured projects would just come to me...and they did!  The first night I made Rio a little dress by using another one of her dresses we both like.
I also made an Annex Double-Zip box pouch for the kid to use for overnighters.  The pattern was part of our swag and I ended up loving it even though I just about threw it out of the window due to frustration!  Should you make one yourself, just go slow and follow the instructions.
Finally, I spent a good majority of the weekend making Latifah Saafir's Molehills quilt.  She was our featured teacher and was SUCH a pleasure to be around.  Her presence was laid back, confident, and encouraging.  Plus, her quilt was SO much fun to make.  I never thought I would say that about sewing multiple curves but we were taught some A+ tricks that changed my curve-sewing world.  In fact, I've already made a second Molehills quilt!  It was such a fun and fast sew that I was able to complete the entire thing, aside from washing it, at the retreat!  I spray basted for the first time - game changer! - and then had the opportunity to use a long-arm machine to quilt it for the first time.  FUN! 
It's hard to imagine that I almost missed attending this year!  Fingers crossed that there will be future retreats like these and that I'll keep my calendar straight in the future! 

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