For the past three years in July
I have taken a trip to upstate New York to go to
with my sister in law and three other women.
I didn't know the other women before the first year,
but have gotten to know them and really enjoy being with them
for several days in the summer.
We rent a tiny house a block from Lake Erie in
Angola on the Lake, NY
and sew, chat, sew, chat and eat.
The house is set up for quilt retreats.
It can only hold six quilters,
each having a small amount of space around
a ping pong table,
a twin bed in one of three bedrooms,
and all the food you care to bring or order.
The ping pong table is in what would be the living room,
which also has an ironing station and a cutting table.
My sewing machine is at the end on my SewEzi table.
By the end of our time there,
the floor is covered in thread,
the waste baskets are filled with scraps
and many blocks have been created.
The first project I worked on this year
was the Christmas stockings made from my friends neck ties.
When I finished a stocking,
it was hung on the window behind my chair.
We were upset that Santa never came once they were all finished!
This stocking I had made a few months ago.
These three were all made at quilt camp.
I like that I was able to fussy cut the tie with the
children so that their faces were on the strips.
They are ready for delivery next month when we
see our dear friend.
My sister in law took my wedding gift idea
and made a Christmas tree skirt for a friend's wedding in August.
The fabrics she chose look so good in this design.
This was her first attempt at Y seams and she did a great job!
I will be borrowing this pattern from her at some point.
It's a beauty!
When this tree skirt was hanging on the design wall
and my stockings were on the windows,
it looked quite festive in the room!
And Santa Still didn't come!
I will share more creations from quilt camp soon.