Retreat Sewing Projects (and a giveaway)

by lowbeamstudios

I finished a few projects from my list at the #OHCraft Sew-in.  First, I finished a name tag but it wasn’t very exciting and I neglected to photograph it.  Second up, a new bag:



the pattern:  Anna from Noodlehead’s Go Anywhere Bag, modified for leather handles

the fabric:  Martha Negley’s Feathers, Moda Crossweave, lined in Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures, japanese handles from Sew To Speak

I finished sewing the handles on Saturday morning and spent the majority of the day finicky-sewing pockets on a gift for my son.


the pattern:  Liesl Gibson‘s Explorer Vest from her book Little Things to Sew

the fabric:  Robert Kaufman Essex and Heather Ross’s Briar Strawberries

This is his second vest.  He outgrew the first and wore it often enough he needs another.  The finicky pocket sewing made this project linger into the evening.  The directions are very straight forward, but the ironing and stitching and placing evenly are just very time consuming.  It is definitely worth the effort for the major cuteness factor.  I attached a little stuffed strawberry into the pocket with embroidery floss.  I am excited to see him discover it.

Late into the night I started a final project that I knew I could complete Sunday between breakfast and check-out.


This is the perfect size to be a placemat but is a little rug for my sewing machine.  The rubbery bits on the bottom of my machine stick to the painted top of my table and frustrate me as they tear up paint when I slide my machine around.  (I also read somewhere that a little bit of cushion reduces the vibrations on the machine.)  I had grabbed a few fun fabrics before leaving home and quickly pieced and quilted them late Saturday night.  Sunday after breakfast I bound it and left for home with three projects knocked off my list.

I also left with a slew of gifts from the great sponsors for the #OHCraft sew-in.  I wish I could attend all the adventures found in blogland (Quilt Market,Quilt Con, and all the sew-ins/retreats I see publicized), but as unrealistic as that is I still feel like I am missing something.  I thought I would share a few gifts in a giveaway of my own for all my readers who didn’t attend the sew-in.  I came home with bunches of fabric and patterns that I won’t get to so here are a few for you:


Leave a comment by midnight on December 1st (my birthday!!!!) and I will randomly select three winners and mail you a gift for yourself.  Three chances for three gifts:  a FreeSpirit Jellyroll from Tina Givens’s Fortiny Collection, Amy Butler’s Oval Patchy Pillow pattern, and Trish Preston’s Two Peas in a Pod Fit to be Tied Tote.