With that introduction, I'm giving an overview of my five days at the Carriage Corner Sew Camp but this post IS picture heavy. Suffice it to say that I had a good time and that I bought a lot of fabric (not as much as last time but enough). Suffice it to say that the conversation was poppin' and not all about politics. Suffice it to say that there were sewing techniques shared and some pattern fitting done...mostly though it was a sewfantastic time!
Camp was five days and we arrive on Thursday afternoon, set up & sew.
Cennetta showing what she brought to sew
Arleen & Barbara arrived Wednesday afternoon so they were full on
sewing when I arrived on Thursday afternoon!
The sewing set up!
On Friday we travelled to Fabric Mart by van since there were 9 campers and it allowed us to all go together. I will say that we blew in, took control and shopped until we dropped!
Barbara in the van on the way to Fabric Mart
At the check out table at Fabric Mart
Shar from Sharbozz joined us at Fabric Mart
Andrea with all of her bags
Gaylen sharing what she bought
400 yards were purchased by the crew and I only purchased 34 yards
After lunch we headed back to the B&B and had a fabric show and tell. Cause y'all there were some interesting bundles purchased! Since I shipped my fabric home, it was not part of the show and tell. It was, however, waiting for me when I got home.
Here is what I purchased...
5 yds each of black & blue ltwt denim, 5 yds black midweight 3ply silk
4 yds of lt. blue & dk blue sandwashed silk, 3 yds linen/cotton blend floral print
4 yds blue/black/white stripe cotton shirting & 5 yds black floral linen/cotton blend print
After the show, we sewed the evening away. I went to bed around 1am and there was still a crew sewing.
Saturday after another delicious B&B breakfast we headed to the quilt store ~ Zooks in particular ~ by way of A&E Candies and the Cupcake Shop.
Checking the rows and rows of amazing cotton prints
LaQuana trying to convince us to purchase a batik
We met a fellow Sewist (Samswife2) who follows our blogs
Here's my haul from Zooks...
3 of the prints are 4 yds purchased for shirts or shirtdresses
& the last gingham is a 2 yd gauze that Bonnie and I shared.
It was a great walk there and back after which we headed back to our sewing machines. We had dinner out and then more sewing. I went to my room after dinner to call my family, change my clothes and I fell asleep...waking up at 12:45am. I could hear the crew still downstairs so I headed down. Ended up sewing to 5am, turning the lights off about 90 mins before the morning crew started in.
Cennetta sharing a technique
More technique sharing
Gaylen getting the best shot!
Sunday was more of the same. Breakfast then sewing until we couldn't sew anymore. Though I did call it a night around 1am.
Monday after breakfast we decided to take pictures of everyone's garments, who hadn't left already, because the lawn at the B&B is so well landscaped. Those who left early had theirs taken on Sunday afternoon. Below is a composite of SOME of the garments that were photographed. There was some serious sewing going on at this Sew Camp! 34 garments completed in total!!!
A group shot after pictures on Monday afternoon
I took four garments to make but started with my two most challenging pieces and ended up with 2 finished garments...ALL done...nothing to complete when I got home! I was happy with that since I really wanted the experience.
So this is what I made...
Detailed blog posts about their construction will be coming soon.
I highly recommend getting on Gaylen's email list for Sew Camp. Besides all of the shopping and interaction, the ability to sew uninterrupted for hours without having to clean or cook makes this a fun, relaxing and very productive time.
There is a 3 day Sew Camp in September and while Gaylen already has some sign ups, I know there is some availability if you're interested. Mostly though get on the mailing list because she usually opens registration about three months before Camp starts.
...as always more later!