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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sewing vacation...won't you join us...

Greetings everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted to this blog.  All kinds of great things have happened.  Number 1 is I retired, yes retired!!!  After 38 years and 9 months with the Feds, I am now a retiree!!!!! 

I'm so happy to announce that I am hosting another summer sewing vacation retreat!!!! Yes that's right---a week long sewing retreat!!!!  Who deserves such a thing-----YOU!!!!

You can find all the details and sign up through Eventbrite---it's that easy.

Details here

If you have any questions, send an email to

Hope to see you there!!!!  

Monday, January 1, 2018


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Scissors holder

I made the retreat attendees this cute scissor holder.  I used scraps fom my stsh!  Stagh Buster!!!! Yes!!!!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Awesome time! Just Sew Retreat Summer 2017

We truly had a wonderful time at retreat!!! I'll let the pics speak for us!
Rirette completd another pretty pants suit!
     Kim worked so hard on these pants.  She got help from everyone to get them to fit perfectly!! Kudos for her determination!!!!
         DeWahn is making a pair of jeans!
Myrtha's pilows are personalized with an actual photo of her choir director's hands.  She printed the image on fabric!!!

          Jeree's self-drafted sewing machine accessories!
      Joyce wore a sewimg related tee shirt everyday!  Too cute!
My orange silk dupioni top.  All it needs now are buttons!  Palmer Pletsch McCalls 6076 with FBA.
               Simplicity 8383


Door prizes courtesy of Threads magazine, Drotz, Joann fabrics, Tuesday Morning

                           Our first timers really enjoyed themselves!!!

The next retreat is scheduled for President's holiday weekend 2018!!!!  Happy sewing!!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vintage Patterns

I'm borrowing this info from another blogger.  I love vintage patterns....I have a few.  I love looking at them as well.  Take a look!

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