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.