I can't believe it's been that long. I came home intending to blog within a week. Clearly, my intentions are worthless. However, I am blogging now and most of this post will be photos for your enjoyment.
First a big thank you to the sponsors. I had a great time and it was so much fun trying new products. A few of which have officially made it into my must have pile. Go check out the links, do a little shopping, do a little blog reading... it's def. worth your time.
- Oliso - oh, my lovely, lovely new iron to be!
- Stash Fabrics - Beth brought FQs for partipants to purchase & at her offered prices, I couldn't pass up an FQ from almost every fabric in the Notting Hill line! Beth doesn't yet know how much I fell in love with her for bringing those FQs.
- Pink Castle Chalk Fabrics
- Fat Quarter Shop
- Art Gallery Fabrics - Oh, oh, oh lovely fabric. Super soft and smooth. I'm a new fan!
- Our Epoch
- The Craft Junky
Second, a thank you to the Calvin Center in GA. This was a beautiful retreat location & the staff was friendly and accommodating.
Frecklemama who took the time to put this together. The idea was a place where a large group could gather, wear PJs, sew, and chat. It was a big success as far as I am concerned! I met some new people, learned a couple new sewing tricks (like how to sew HSTs in an another manner), saw some fabulous projects and was able to pick up all the Joel Dewberry Notting Hill prints my heart had been desiring.
While I'm at it, I should note that I drove from VA to GA. I swung by and picked up Amy of Amylouwhosews and we spent a total of 16 hrs in a car together. We knew enough of each other to feel we could manage the drive but by the end of, oh, the first hour in the car, it became apparent we would do better than manage. We gabbed, and gabbed, and gabbed. She good naturedly grumbled b/c I asked her to bring veggies for lunch instead of chips (she made me egg salad, too!). Of course, by hour 6, she and I were ready to admit defeat and stopped at the gas station to pick up our travelling junk food staples. I believe she's a peanut butter M&M person and some sort of large soda, I can't remember. I blocked all her drink habits out when I experienced the worse guilt trip ever received b/c I threw out her Sonic cup (the styrofoam on, I might add!). -sigh- I can't talk about it, it's still too stressful. If you want to know, please... go ask her.
Anyway... in pictures (many under the #thestashbash tag in Instagram as are many other participant photos) the trip went something like this!
Amy (center) wastes no time setting up her sewing station. Hi Chris (L) and Heather (R) and Jill (background).
Katie. She made me an awesome fabric covered clipboard which I don't have a picture of b/c it's in use.
Below: Great projects have begun.
Jill's large chevrons.
Ali's big blocks. I am in love.
Laurel's bento box in bright colors. Check out her blog for the version with the borders. Gorgeous!
There were mini instructional workshops, a trip to the fabric store, and a FQ swap game.
Shakeology and blender and brought protein bars, etc. I'm glad I did. I wanted to be good over the weekend but still allow myself to indulge. I think I succeeded.
One more of my projects, which will have its own blog post of their own very soon. The heart is a 12" or 14" block which I spent a great deal of time doing the math for. Now that it's done, I love it and will be writing a tutorial.
Here's a list of blog posts, if you'd like to see/read about others' experiences. There may be others but I just haven't seen them yet.
- Drowning In Fabric. part 1, part 2, part 3
- don't call me betsy
- Katie's Korner - ps, here is a picture of the clipboard she made me. I have the lovely feather one now!
- Sew Hungry
- Throw a wrench in the works