Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Inspiration Everywhere : :

This morning, I'm finally stepping back into my regular routine -- After a long, but fun, road trip from Pennsylvania to Georgia, a few days spent with some of my favorite sewing/bloggers, and then the long trip back up North.

The experience was such a learning one for me in so many ways, was so much fun, and still a bit surreal. Because I don't belong to a sewing group or guild, I wasn't sure what sewing with a group would be like. I honestly couldn't have imagined just how wonderful it would be to watch each of the sewing friends I was meeting work at their machines. As different as we all are, and as varied as our projects and fabric selections were, it was truly endless inspiration! In every corner of this space there was something that needed photographed! Want to see??

Jessica's X + Y Quilt top --

Jessica's beautiful  X &   quilt top -- on the ironing board

Jessica won the "Big Finish Award" in my eyes! I am SO impressed by this lady!!

Jessica's beautiful  X & + quilt top

Amanda's Granny Squares --

Amanda's Granny Squares

Holly's Triangles --

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Nicke's Improv Chevrons --

Nicke's Imrpov Chevrons

Amanda's 1/2" solids project --

Amanda's Solids Mini Quilt Project

Amanda's Vintage Sewing Machine -- 1/2" square solids -- AMAZING!

This post could have easily been all about Amanda! Her tiny, colorful squares had us all hovering!

Amanda's amazing 1/2" square solids

I wasn't able to capture everyone's makings and several pictures didn't turn out, but as you can see lots of amazing and inspiring things were happening! I'll share on my own projects a different day this week, as well as on our trip to Whipstitch Fabrics -- my very first visit to a modern quilt shop!

I feel very blessed that I had a chance to meet in person so many wonderful people this past weekend and am so happy now that I'm back home!!  Maureen

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  1. I loved looking at all your pictures from your retreat. I couldn't help but laugh, though. You left PA to retreat in GA. Next week, I'll be leaving GA to retreat in MN. This will be my second retreat with this group of blogger quilty friends. Like you, I am not a member of any guild or group, and I remember how nervous I was last year about quilting with others. But what fun it was!!!

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    1. Yes, I was super nervous! My brother lives in Atlanta, so I got to visit with him and his family as well! It was definitely worth the trip!!

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  2. It was so much fun. I'm so glad we got to spend the weekend together, Maureen!

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  3. I love all the different quilts. Looks like there was inspiration and creativity everywhere you turned!

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  4. Looks like everyone did some fun projects ~ like them all.
    It is so wonderful to sew with friends. I go on several retreats every year and get together with my sewing friends once a month! It's really so nice to have input and see what everyone is working on!

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  5. Everything looks AMAZING!!

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  6. i LOVED spending the weekend with you! i wish we could do it again next weekend! xox

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  7. Those squares look TINY!! I've never seen with anyone else either, and look forward to the day I finally do :)

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    1. That hit me the first day and I really didn't do much other than take it all in! Once I decided on a project it was really comfortable. If there's a next time, I'll definitely plan better and get all my cutting out of the way first. That would have been SO nice!! :)

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  8. It was so nice to spend time with you this weekend Maureen! Already looking forward to our next sewing weekend, whenever that may be :)

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  9. Maureen, what a neat experience! Wishing you continued success!

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    1. Thank you Britta! It was and I mentioned the idea of you Sip-n-Sew while I was there! I really hope to plan one to have sometime this Summer! One of this weekend retreat attendees wrote a perfect blog post about organizing these types of get-togethers here -- http://www.mysewcialhour.com/2012/06/making-dreams-reality.html :)

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    2. Nice! Thanks for sharing. Cute, creative blog title she has, too!

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  10. I love those tiny squares!!! so much work...

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  11. it was so lovely to finally meet you in person, maureen! i think i'm going into sewing withdrawal being back at home so i'm loving reading everyone's posts about it now. hope we get to do this again sometime soon!

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  12. There must have been so much going on and it really looks like fun! =D

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  14. Way to go!!! I'm so happy that you were able to retreat and have a great time with sewing friends. Everyone's projects are so fabulous!

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  15. Love seeing everyone's work! Can't wait to see what you worked on :)

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  16. I wish I could have been there, It sure looks like there were some amazing things happening!!

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  17. That looks like it was a lot of fun! Loving those projects =D

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  18. Sounds like such a fun trip, glad you enjoyed your social sewing, and yeah, those teeny squares are amazing!

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  19. What a fabulous experience for you, Maureen! You have some very talented friends -- and it is exciting to see that everyone is going in her own direction with the support of the group!

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  20. I'm so glad you were able to get away, sew with friends and shop at a great shop.

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  21. Fun fun fun! All the projects must've been so exciting to watch.. Glad you're back safe - I didn't know we were state-mates! I'm in PA too!

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  22. hey! you were sooo lucky to spend time and have fun with your friends!!!!
    it's always soooo fun sewing with...other people!!!!

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  23. What an experience! I can only imagine how inspirational it was :)

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