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Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 Summer Retreat News

I'm excited to report that 16 ladies have signed up for an exciting sewing weekend on the lovely grounds of the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center in Dickerson, Maryland.

Our generous sponsors from Threads magazine and Nancy's Notions provided the gifts below for door prizes.  Some lucky attendee will receive one of them!!!!

Friday, March 3, 2017


The 2nd Annual Summer Just Sew Retreat will be held at the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center, nestled on 55 wooded acres in scenic Frederick County, Maryland, for 3 nights; Friday, August 11 to Monday, August 14.  We hope you will join us for four days of fun with your sewing friends. 

 Fri, August 11, 2017 thru Mon, August 14, 2017
 Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center
7300 Banner Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842
$385 double occupancy
$435 single occupancy
(8 meals included)
Deposit (non-refundable): $100 deposit due now
**full payment can be made now**
Final payment due June 9
Make payment to:   http:\\\PayPal.Me/ivalyn
Reservations are transferable to another attendee, but not refundable.
CHECK IN: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:00 PM meet in the Lobby. Then set up your machines in the Conference Room.

CHECK OUT: Monday, August 14, 2017, 1 pm (10 am room check out)
Sleep, eat, and sew in the same building!!!!
3 nights lodging shared with one roommate *single occupancy available**
8 home-style meals
SEWING ROOM INCLUDES:   The rooms have great lighting, extra outlets, and ample electricity.  Snacks and beverages are allowed in the room, and we can sew all night! The facility is very sewing friendly!   Each attendee will have one table to work at. There will be ironing stations, cutting areas and a SWAP table.
MEALS:   Howard, the chef at Hallowood prepares wonderful meals and we are served family style. Iced tea, coffee, tea, hot water, and water for drinking is available throughout our stay.  Soft drinks & bottled water are available for $1 donation.  Dinner only served on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday; breakfast only on Monday.
FABRIC STORES: There is a JoAnn fabrics located in Frederick, MD (about 20-30 min. drive).  Patches Quilt store is located in Mt. Airy, MD (about 37 min. drive).  Charlotte’s Cottage Quilt Shop located in Walkersville, MD (about 36 min. drive).  A Fabric Place located in Baltimore, MD (about an hour’s drive).
Check out the Center’s website for more details:
Questions, please contact Tee Jones-Actie 410-566-1151 or

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Stash busting

Happy New Year!!!!! It's been a long time I know.  Life got in the way of blogging, but I'm back. 

I don't believe in resolutions, but I do want to make and stick to few sewing commitments in 2017!!!

 1.  Stash busting!!!!!
 2.  Unscribe from all on-line fabric stores
 3.  Clean up sewing room after each project (really helps me to be more productive)
 4.  Adhere to deadlines for customer sewing
 5.  Sew more garments for me!!!!!
 6.  Sew garments for grandkids (they have requested many)
 7.  Blog at least once a month
 8.  Donate unwanted fabric to local sewing school
 9.  Sew smarter!!!!
10. Do more sewing for community service

Well there it is----hopefully since I've documented my goals, I'll be able to reach them by years' end.

Happy sewing -  may all your sewing goals come true!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Countdown to our second winter retreat....

We'll soon be attending the second Just Sew Retreat - Winter Session!   It will be held January 13 - 16, 2017 at Hallowood Recreation and Conference Center, Dickson, Maryland

If you're like me, you need to be super organized in order to get anything accomplished at a sewing retreat!!!!!

This means lots of prep time!!! 

I just returned from my annual American Sewing Guild retreat.  In the weeks before the retreat I was busy with a last minute request to sew 13 ice skater dresses.  Therefore, retreat planning was put on hold.  I managed to pack the fabric and supplies I needed to make the 10-minute table runners I plan to sell at an upcoming craft show and finish up some satin shoe bags.  I also put all the finishing touches on all 13 skater dresses!   

Although I had packed a few projects for myself,  I never touched them.

So I plan to take the un-sewn projects to the Just Sew Retreat Winter Session in January!  Talk about being ready ahead of time!!!!!

Since I didn't get to pre-cut, I will do that and also fuse interfacing if necessary to each project!!!!!!  I will double check my notions and group things together in my notions caddy.  It didn't help at the last retreat that I had notions in several different bags and locations!!!!

Let me leave you with a tip on some useful things that you can never have enough of at a sewing retreat:

bed risers - excellent for raising those tables up to avoid back strain!  We had several cutting and pressing stations and the tables were all at the perfect height.

mirror - nice to be able to look at your progress in a full length mirror

shelf liner - this will help to keep you sewing machine from vibrating across the table when you sew!!!

For more information on the retreat - shoot me an email

Happy Sewing


Friday, October 21, 2016

Cruise bag

I made this fun little bag.  This is the tutorial. travel-tote-two-tier-wraparound-pockets It came together really nicely.  Fabrics are from  I choose them because the colors reminded of the sea.

Man sewing

I finally made my husband something. We'll be going on a cruise to Barcelona so I made my husband a toiletry bag and some bags for his shoes.

He loves them!

He loves the Redskins!!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Retreat #2 Down

A wonderful time was had by all!  I was a little worried that only eight folks signed up----it turned out to be the best little gathering of sewers!  

Sylvia came down from Jersey and made like a zillion dresses!!! 

  Jerry embroidered some beautiful blocks for her quilt.  

Rirette mastered pants making as she will be going to S. Africa with her church to teach the ladies to sew!  What a blessing she is!

Tisha's figuring out how she's gonna tackle this fabric!  LOL

Tisha also made the cutest pin cushions for each of us and got quite a bit of sewing done too!
Howard cooked the most delicious meals.

Meal time was a great time for making new sewing friends!

My granddaughter's first sewing retreat!

Erika was so generous in making a fitting sloper for Myrtha.  Sylvia is adding her expert touch.
My work station.  I completed a few cruise garments.  Finally packed just the right amount of projects....not many UFOs left this time around.....

Until next time....happy sewing!!!