on saturday morning we visited whipstitch in atlanta. truth be told, this is the only time we left the house all weekend. but boy was it worth it!
the space here was amazing! all light and airy and perfectly decorated, but still the focus was on all the fabulous fabric, curated with a keen eye by the owner, the fabulous miss deborah.
and, let me tell you, deborah is a real spitfire of a lady. she can cut fabric, tell a fantastic story, record your purchases and remember your name even though you only met moments ago, all at the same time and without missing a beat.
here rachel models a darling shark-shaped purse that was on display in the shop. super cute!
and the rest of the weekend was spent at this table, sewing my little heart out. i know it looks like a bit of a mess, but i can't think of a happier place than being at this table with nicke, jessica and jacey sewing and chatting and admiring each other's projects.
i can't decide if my favorite project of the weekend was amanda's miniature patchwork (inspired by a project in quilting modern) or jessica's finished x & + quilt top. both were killing me with their use of color.
i was also digging maureen's lovely improv blocks in the most summery of palettes. yum. (and if you like these fabrics, too, which she paired with the perfect lillybelle floral, you can buy her blogger bundle over at pink castle fabrics!)
what about me? well, i managed to finish noodlehead's 241 tote. i love this bag. i used some robert kaufman yarn-dyed linen, candy trees from miscellany, and ellen luckett baker's geometric stars.
i also got to work on blocks for jacey for the june do. good stitches love circle quilt. these were so fun to make: the only parameters were that we make improv blocks in bright citrus colors. plus, it was fun to just hand them across the table to jacey when i was finished and not worry about sending them off in the mail.
and i got started on this block, inspired by a photo i pinned a while back and just couldn't get out of my head. this is destined to be a pillow for a very nice person, but i may expand on it and make it into a larger quilt in the future. i'm not quite done with this yet, is what i'm saying.
one of the highlights of the weekend was meeting andhaving dinner with some of my favorite fabric designers, rashida coleman-hale, ellen luckett baker and melody miller. i know, right?! they were all sweet as can be and didn't seem at all fazed by us adoring fangirls. here we all are, hanging out, chatting, no big deal.
but really, the best part was getting to know such lovely, lovely ladies who i now consider friends. i think jessica really captured the essence of all these amazing women in her post. reading it reminded me what i liked and enjoyed so much about everyone there. and amanda wrote very eloquently about how you, too, can create your own amazing sewing retreat if you're feeling envious of our little getaway or inspired to reach out to others and do the same. i can't urge you enough to make this happen. i am, by nature, a pretty introverted and, often, socially awkward person. i always assume everyone else is cooler than me and is already friends with everyone else. but when this opportunity came up i threw aside my reservations and decided that taking a chance and meeting a bunch of strangers might actually be worth it.
and i'm happy to report that, in the end, it was.