Friday, April 24, 2015

Canadian Sponsors for 2015 Quilt Retreat

This year's Quilty Pleasures quilt retreat was entirely sponsored by Canadian shops and businesses!

Be sure to have a look at each - there is a wide variety of fabric and notions available from our wonderful list of sponsors. Don't forget to mention you learned about them from our quilt retreat!

Quilty Pleasures Quilt Retreat 2015!

Finally finding time to post about this year's retreat! The day was a wonderful time of sewing, chatting and of course eating.

It's always so much fun to see what everyone else is working on, different types of quilting and other sewing. Here are a couple of the projects we worked on:

During the day we had a couple of fun games, like the Fat Quarter Toss. We each took turns picking a fq, then attempting to toss it into a basket. If successful, the tosser got to keep the fq, if not, they joined the end of the line.

We had a great response from sponsors who donating everything from fabric bundles to notions to candy! And every one of our sponsors this year was Canadian - follow this link to see a list of all the shops and businesses that helped us put on this year's retreat. Thank you so much to all our wonderful sponsors:

A couple of the lovely doorprizes that were donated:

Friends stitching together. In the background can be seen some of the beautiful previously finished quilts, pillows, table runners and other items people brought to share.

The quilts we made together for charity from last year's blocks were displayed as well. Suzanne and I put them together this year, with layout help from Jess

A few of the attendees also generously donated quilts and crocheted blankets they had made during the year, so we have a nice bundle to bring to the Pregnancy Care Centre again this year!

Some of the very cute blankets and quilts that were donated.

This year's charity block was a cross on a white background. Should be fun to see how they all come together!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Agility Tank by 5 out of 4 Patterns

Last week I tested the new workout wear pattern by 5 out of 4 Patterns, the Agility Tank and Dress.

This one was fun, and very timely, as I've been hard at work on PiYo every morning. As a tall girl, it's great to be able to make myself a workout top that is long enough to stay put while active! I tell you, the name Agility suits this top - it keeps up with me!

The pattern has options for a stand-alone sports bra, this tank (or dress length) which is the sports bra plus overlay, and an A-line style tank or dress. Each variation also has a nursing access option. The pattern is well-written and was a joy to test. Jessica was a great designer to work with and ready with quick answers and prompt updates to the pattern pieces. 

This is my favourite part - the woven straps at the back. It also has an option for a T-back. I chose the banded hem option but there is also a drawstring hem option. I used one of Patty Young's Heaven and Helsinki knits, which is 58% cotton, 38% poly and 4% spandex, for the overlay and the straps, and a random piece of blue midweight french terry (?) for the bra part. The blue was leftover from another project so I'm really not sure what it is content, but it must have some spandex because it works really well.

The pattern is on sale today and tomorrow, and you can purchase 3 patterns for an extra 15% off cart total with the code Buy3.