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Stitch & Bitch V was the best retreat we have ever had. I don’t know if it was the combination of people, the projects we were working on, the food and games, or just what led to it but this was by far the most fun we have had at a retreat. And we CAN NOT WAIT to do it again. We will on Feb 2-6, 2023. I think most everyone will return but just in case they can’t be sure to let me know if you want to be added to the wait list. We always give the people who were at the last retreat the first right of refusal for the next but if they can’t attend we open it to the wait list. And trust me, you don’t want to miss this!!!!!

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So much fun!!! A great group of friends quilting and laughing and playing “Strip Poker” at Shenandoah River State Park. Day 1 down… Day 2 coming up!!!!!

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We had a great time painting some gorgeous Barn Quilts yesterday at The Studio. And we were delighted to have my 1st Cousin Jennifer visiting from South Georgia. She came all the way up just to paint a Barn Quilt! It looks great and can’t wait to see a photo of it hanging on her pool house. As usual…lots of laughing and fun at The Studio. Be sure to check out our schedule and come join us soon.

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What a great time these friends from the Northern Virginia area had yesterday as they came together to paint barn quilts and enjoy a day of creating. Nice work everyone!!! Isn’t their work beautiful??!!!

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We had a couple of days away to recharge our creative juices. On the way back home we stopped at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s Retreat. They are doing so much work there restoring the structure to the way he had it originally. It’s so amazing that they have so many documents that Jefferson wrote to tradesmen describing what he wanted. It will be even more amazing when completed. Click here for more information on Poplar Forest.

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Nothing feels quite as good as getting your sewing space organized. It seems like it doesn’t take much time to get all scrambled and several times a year I have to take a day to get all the fabrics arranged again and tools put back in their places. It helps me to be able to find what I need. Lincoln seems happy about it. Now to start pulling some fabrics for the next project. WooHoo!

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A new session of Art Camp started yesterday and our theme is “For the Love of Animals”. And since yesterday was Lincoln’s adoption day we decided to paint him! Look at the beautiful works these young artists did in just two hour? Aren’t they fabulous???!!! We love them….and I think Lincoln enjoyed the attention! Check out the remaining sessions of Art Camp here for your young artists. You don’t want them to miss it!

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The Singer Featherweight is a model of domestic sewing machine made from 1933 to 1968. They are portable, with a flip up bed that allows them to fit into a neat little box. They are highly valued among quilter’s as they make an amazing stitch. They are also fairly quiet. Singer first made them in black. Then they added white and tan. Several years ago I acquired my first one at an auction. It is the black one made in 1946. Last year I added the white from 1964. And I search for quite some time to find a 1961 in tan. I recently got it. (They are shown in the photo here with and without their cases.) There is a tradition of naming Featherweights after women. I named the black one Nola Mae for my paternal grandmother, the white is Lucille for my maternal grandmother and the tan is Barbara Ann for my mom. These three women taught me to sew and to love crafting. I feel like I finally hit the TRIFECTA of Featherweights! I love these three little beauties.

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This week at our Thursday Art Class we celebrated Tilly’s 91st Birthday. She is my oldest and most fashion forward student!!! We all love her and her enthusiasm for life and art. Happy Birthday Tilly! We look forward to celebrating many more with you.

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I spent a delightful weekend with a group of talented quilters at the “Piecemakers” Retreat in Roxbury, Pennsylvania. I learned so much from them and they were all so generous with their knowledge. While there I worked on a baking themed quilt for Sister, who is a terrific cake and bread maker. She came up from Georgia to stay with Lincoln so I could go to the retreat when my regular sitter had an emergency out of state. As her birthday is in a few weeks and I had planned to make this quilt for her I decided to move it up so that I could give it to her while she was here. She loved it….and so did Paisley, her little Yorkie. I think Sister will have to share it with her. Happy Early Birthday!!!

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