Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WOYWW - Retreat, retreat!!!

It is time for my bi-annual Sewing Retreat!  Yippeeeee!  I am happy, my family is happy.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the work go smoother.  Or smoothly!

Funny word, retreat.  So, I looked it up.  I know how I intended to use it but I didn't want you to start running for the hills! 

Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. retret,  noun use of pp. of retrere  "draw back," from L. retrahere  "draw back," from re-  "back" + trahere  "to draw" (see tract (1)). Meaning "place of seclusion" is from 1423; sense of "establishment for mentally ill persons" is from 1797. The verb is first attested 1422.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Actually, most of this definition pertains to my post.  I am going to "draw back" - from the everyday so I can play and sew... and sew... and sew!  And, it will be a "place of seclusion".  Well, me and eleven other ladies sewing up a fabric storm.  I'm a little concerned about the mention of the mentally ill persons.  But, I have been called crazy before so, oh well - moving on!
So what's on my work desk this Wednesday?  Putting together my "projects" for the retreat.  I like to have as much cut out and bagged up with all the goodies I need.  Then, I can get right to work play! We arrive on Friday at noon, unpack everything, and go have lunch at the best little burger joint around.  Check out my retreat posts and you will know how much fun I am in for!  Go here, here, here, and here!

Lorene, our hostess with the mostest always has great projects ready for us which usually include the latest patterns and styles.  This time we are focusing on knits!  I was so thrilled when she emailed to let us know because, yes, I am afraid of knits and a little (a lot) intimidated by my awesome serger!  And how ironic - Jenny of Sew Pretty Dresses just posted about the fear of knits yesterday!  She gave some great tips on working with knits and included links to videos from Patty Young that were all quite encouraging and helpful.  I must go forth, right?
Lorene will have the new modkid patterns by Patty Young available.  I think I am going to try the Abigail pattern first.  I bought some cute knits the other day and I'm sure Lorene will have Patty's fabrics for us as well.

Now if that isn't fun, what is?  I will take lots of pictures and post when I return.  You'll be jealous, I promise!  Oh, and something fun is coming around the corner.  Let's just say you can help me celebrate... more on that soon.

Have a great weekend,
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  1. I was shaking in my boots girl! But now I am cutting knits like crazy. When the kids give me time of course! I cannot wait to hear what YOU think of it. I THINK you are gonna say, "What was I so scared of!?!?" I like your pattern choice.
    And I am loving the fabric above. Where did you find the brown trim and what are you going to do with it? Very pretty!

  2. See you in Mineola Mona! I have all my projects cut and bagged in a similar fashion! I agree with you on your observations on the definition of retreat. I feel it is probably a little of both in my case :-)

  3. Mona:
    You did a fabulous job on your little Abigail dress! It makes me so happy to see people "light up" when they GET IT! And, see, knits aren't so difficult after all. We all had a fabulous time and brought home lots of memories.
    Until next time!

  4. Oh, I REALLY missed being there! But being almost 38 wks I am moving a little
    slower these days. My doctor wasnt too sure about me
    delivering in Mineola!! It would have been fun to sew some little knit pants for the baby though! Can't wait to see your pictures!

  5. I really missed being with my sewing friends!! Mona, how did you get along without me? Who did you talk to all night? And I hear that no one went to Wal-Mart at midnight in their pajamas! I am going to be the first on the list for the April retreat (mentally ill or not:))I sent you a picture of my flower arrangement that Macy made out of old patterns, but I don't think I had your correct email address. I sent it from my phone. I will try again. I cannot wait to see pictures and see what I missed! Missed you!!

  6. I can't wait to see what you do at the retreat!!! Hurry and and post so I can be jealous!!!