Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sewing at the Lake

My sewing friends and I gathered this past weekend for our second annual retreat. We met each other several years ago on a sewing chat forum. These women are from all over the country and oddly, one lives only about 3 miles from me!!! Since my husband and I have a little cabin on the lake, we decided it would be great fun to have a weekend to come together and share all things sewing!!! Our common sewing thread (pun intended!!) is that we all sew for small children. Some of the girls sew for their children that are as young as 2, while others of us sew for our grandchildren.

We share about our daily lives, stay up late talking, eat a lot and exchange ideas. Most of us do not have anyone who really speaks our language on a daily basis so the idea and information exchange is amazing!!!

This year, our weekend project was organized by the amazing Laurie Anderson. Laurie is an extremely talented designer who regularly contributes to Sew Beautiful magazine. She has also started a sewing ministry in her town called Threads of Love (you may click here for more infohttp://www.threadsoflove.org/ ) Threads of Love is an outreach sewing ministry that strives to provide for some of the physical needs of tiny infants, while showing God's love to the babies' parents and families. Practically speaking, they are groups of woman who sew tiny garments and take them to hospitals for preemie babies and babies who don't survive. I have been praying about this same type of ministry at my own church for some time and Laurie has encouraged me along the way.

Laurie brought all the fabric, patterns and trims for us to use for the garments we made. Here are some of the girls cutting out the patterns sitting out on the deck. It was glorious weather!!!

This is a life-like baby doll who modeled for us all weekend. She was so life like, that several of the girls could hardly put her down!!!

We had several sewing machine and sergers set up inside.

Here is Laurie and me showing off the babies!!!

These are the final products, each set packaged and labeled.

This is the group, minus 2, on Sunday morning before we all departed.


Rebecca said...

What fun this would be! I can only imagine what a wonderful time you all had...

Thank you for sharing!


Feedsack Fantasy said...

A lovely way to socialize, create & enjoy your 'sisterhood'. TTFN ~Marydon

The Sewing Loft said...

What a wonderful way to spend a weekend, and spread a little love. Thank you ladies, for all you do.

Janie's World said...

What a great group you have! People to share your love of sewing for children and a place to gather and share your ideas! I wish your pictures were bigger, I want to see all the details!

LAnderson said...

I had a wonderful time with my sewing sisters! Thanks so much to Sara for being the hostess with the mostess! Thanks to everyone for their hard work in tracing patterns, cutting patterns and sewing & smocking all the beautiful gowns!

Libby Murphy said...

Oh I heard you all had the best time. I would love to share this with others on my site if you would agree. I think it's a wonderful cause and a fun time had by your "sewful" sisters. I want photos to post and details about your cause. Can you also let me know some of the food. Did Barbara tell you I want to add it to my book? Hope that's ok with ya'll.
Let me know.
Happy Twirls,

chicroses said...

Just scrolling down your blog..oh your tallent for sewing..darling dresses. I noticed you had a granddaughter born on May 1st. Mine was born last year on may 1st. Hattie Jane. I have been in heaven since. I love parades...sally

Candy-Faith..... from Simply Pretty said...

Somehow came across your blog as Ive been blog hopping :) Thought Id say Hi :)

The Stylish House said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time with your friends, while helping a good cause!

Ashley ~ said...

Thank you so much for stopping by yesterday and for the sweet comment. Yes, that's Jason Crabb, one of my favorite gospel singers*! I love your blog*! _Ashley*

Julia said...

Thank you for becoming my 50th follower. Now, I need to get a few more posts done so I can get to 100. I also need to decide how to celebrate, I see that you are also from Tenness. Where? I'm in East Tennessee. Send me an email. It would be cool to know if we live close to each other. I love the idea of the friend gathering.