The Shoebox Swap retreat this past weekend in Cambridge, Maryland, was fabulous. The sewing, the camaraderie, and the accommodations were top-notch. I am forever grateful for the gals giving me the "grace and space" for the laser concentration needed to finish Nighttime Christmas. It was my number 1 goal to come home with that quilt top completed (it still needs to be long-arm quilted, by the way).
And even though I have been sewing & quilting for over three decades, I still love to learn new tips and tricks from my sewing sisters. Everyone is so helpful in sharing their knowledge and know-how, much to my delight. Plus, all the beautiful quilts, table runners, and art quilts being created throughout the weekend kept the inspiration going full steam ahead for all of us.
Except for one swapper, Jacque, who was on another retreat with her bee, all the swappers were at the Casey House on Saturday afternoon (thanks, Jane, for making the trip for a few hours!). We all discussed the 2022 swap and then went around the room, introducing our blocks for the 2023 swap. I know it is going to be a stellar year in swapping interesting blocks and color combinations for the twelve of us.
By Monday morning, most of my sewing sisters had exhausted the projects they were working on. I, on the other hand, was all excited to work on other projects I brought. (I didn't think the Nitetime Christmas Quilt would take as long as it did). Thankfully, I had a few hours to indulge in some new things on my list (3x5 index card).
L-R - Nighttime Christmas holding it with Janet McCabe; The Swappers - sitting: Debbi Carter, Mary Nielsen, Susie Stevenson, Carrie Casto - standing: Deb Hoppe, Marjorie Mulla, Janet, Deb Johnson, Margy Hill and me, and the House!