November 13, 2010

1st Annual Quilter's Harvest Retreat

Friday I had the opportunity to attend the first Quilter's Harvest Retreat sponsored by Alpine Quilt Retreats. Sydney Haglund is the hostess and she is awesome. Friday's events were done a little differently from her usual retreats. There were four shops participating in this whole day event. There were three groups during the day and everyone made the same projects at each shop. We started at Alpine Quilt Retreats which happens to be in Sydney's lovely home located in the foothills of Alpine. The morning started off with a breakfast treat and cooking demonstration by Laura Potter of
Be My Guest in Alpine. She shared her recipe for Lemon Zest Scones. You can find the recipe on her blog.

The scones were delicious and the juice she served was too.

After the cooking demo we headed downstairs of Sydney's home. Oh my gosh, you should see this place. A sewing and crafting heaven. You can see pictures on her website. It can accomadate many sewers at one time. Nanette from Freda's Hive had a fun project waiting for us.

We got to play with fabric, E-6000 and all this fun loot.
We made buttoned covered pins and rings. Here is one of my pins and my ring.

Myself and Nanette. This lady has so much talent and is always willing to share it.
From Sydney's home we went to Just Sew in Highland. There we met Amber Johnson of
A Little Bit Biased and Gigi's Quilts. Here Amber is showing her latest quilt.

Amber shared her pattern for her pin cushion bracelet. She had most of the prep work done for us. What a fun project this was. This is on my list of things to give for Christmas gifts. Maybe you are on that list!

Me and Amber.

This is my bracelet pin cushion. She's a beut isn't she?
Here are a couple of snapshots of the Just Sew shop. This was my first visit there. They really have some great stuff.Isn't this the truth?
A few fat quarters were my souviners from that cute shop. I don't have anything in mind for them, I just thought they were cute and great to add to my stash.We were told to stop at Dear Lizzie's also located in Highland, where they had a special treat waiting for us. This cute shop has everything from home dec, jewelry, clothing and a cute little bistro with yummy, yummy treats.
Look at this cute sign they have hanging above the food counter.
This is the picture of the eating area. And this was our treat that was waiting for us.
A drink of our choice and one of their well known sugar cookies. I love cookies. Now this is one nice sugar cookie. I found this really fun lip balm while browsing the shop. It's Cute as a Button from Plain and Thimble. It's to cute to open. So it just might stay this way sitting on my shelf in my sewing room.
From Dear Lizzie's we traveled to American Fork to visit The Quilting Cottage.
While we were waiting for the rest of the group RaeAnn found this cute Bliss fabirc that she thought would make great button rings and pins. And she's right.At this stop we made wool flower pins with Suzanna.
My flower is a pretty rust color. Just right for the fall season. After this stop we had time to find a bite of lunch or forget about lunch and do a bit of sneaking around the cottage at all they had to offer. I came away emptied handed. So guess what I had for lunch on my way to our next stop? Yup, my sugar cookie but just half!
Our last stop of the day would be Broadbent's in Lehi. Here we took a group photo. This was the first time meeting these ladies for me. We had a wonderful time sharing stories of our sewing interests and getting to know each other a little better before the day was through.Group A: Diana, Suzanne, Sylvia, Mary Ann, Wanda, Paula, Emily and Susan. In front myself and Rae Ann.
While we were at Broadbent's Laurel showed us the technique of making zipper flowers, which are so popular right now.
My work in progress.

And tah-dah, it's all finished.

These are really, really simple to make. Me and the girl's will need to do these now, since I brought them all sorts of zippers from market last May.
This is what you see when you walk through the door of Broadbent's. I try to visit this shop when I'm in that area, which isn't very often so it was nice to visit it again.

And of course I couldn't come out of there with nothing.

A couple fat quarters, a Riley Blake charm pack of Lila Tueller's new line and some cute boys fabric that will probably get used for a certain someone coming our way.
This was such a great experience for me, I hope that I will be able to participate in more of Alpine Quilt Retreats. Go to Sydney's site and see what retreats are coming for the new year. She has some awesome teacher's lined up.


Collette C. said...

I don't know the fabric shops, but I love Dear Lizzy. I was there last weekend, and found some way cute things. I actually looked at that lip balm. You just keep making cute stuff.

Yvonne said...

Oh...what a fun day you had! All those shops, all that fabric and that sugar cookie, almost to beautiful to eat! Love the boys fabric that you bought, really cute! And then you made some funny things to along the day, so many new ideas.....and so little time!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Aw fun. My pic of us didn't turn out. I love everything you got and everything you made. We really should live closer to each other. Wasn't Syd's house amazing!