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Sew Camp Spring 2018 ~ In The Books!

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CarriageCornerSewCamp Spring 2018 Review:

This was the third CarriageCornerSewCamp that we have held and it was the first time that the B&B was full of women who love to sew!  CarriageCornerSewCamp finally had the vibe that I was after.  There was the feeling that you had known everyone for years and while you might not agree with everything you had more in common than not.

Several of the campers arrived on Thursday.  The sewing space was set up and once the machines and projects had been carted into the house, the first few attendees claimed their spots and sewing started right away.

SewCamp Breakfast On Friday morning – 5 ladies enjoyed breakfast of Cami’s Kentucky Muffins, fruit salad, and Baked Potato Waffles topped with bacon and eggs.  Once the remaining Campers joined us at the dining room table and had a chance to rest from their drive.  While we were getting acquainted, Jay unloaded cars, put luggage into rooms and set up sewing machines.

 

 

FabricMart Shopping:Carriage Corner Sew Camp - FabricMart

– we all loaded up and headed for FabricMart – where Julie gave us a tour of the shop and we literally shopped until we dropped.  I think we were at FabricMart for almost 4 hours!!  Then we headed down the road to a charming coffee shop for a very late lunch which included lots of laughter.

We arrived back at the B&B in the early evening and everyone went to their sewing machines.  There was lots of talk about who bought what fabric and what everyone was making.  One “Camper” didn’t even bring fabric with her because she knew she was going to FabricMart.  She purchased some amazing pieces and set about sewing them up pronto!

There was a light, snacky, appetizer dinner catered and then a deep conversation happened late into Friday night.  A few of the Campers migrated to the sewing space while several stayed in the B&B dining room for the conversation.  THIS, This is what I was hoping for when we decided to host Sew Camps – yes, it’s about the sewing and the fabric shopping, BUT it’s also about the friendships that are made, the similarities we have with each other, the knowledge that is shared.  While there was lots of conversations there was also loads of laughter – the deep belly laughs where you laugh until you cry.  There will now be a couple of ‘secret message’ type comments – that only mean something to you if you were there and will make you smile.

There was sharing of information – if you check out the hashtag #CarriageCornerSewCamp on instagram, you’ll see a video on how to do the burrito method to finish the yoke of a shirt; Cennetta shared her favorite method of doing a full bust adjustment without adding a dart; several people tried on LaQuana’s already altered Ogden Cami to see if it fit them; and there was a lesson in making tailor tacks.  Sewing items and knowledge were shared like candy, there might have even been some tears when new besties left on Sunday.

Let me just say – if you get a chance to attend a sewing retreat weekend where there is no teacher and you work on your own projects during the weekend – I would strongly encourage you do it because it’s the things you can’t measure that make you miss the weekend when it’s over.  Yes – going home with 4 beautiful new garments is great – but the friendships you create will last a lifetime.

The next two pictures are grids from Instagram and our #CarriageCornerSewCamp hashtag.  The first one is what comes up at first – top posts.

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Carriage Corner Sew Camp

Upcoming CarriageCornerSewCamp Weekends:

There is one more CarriageCornerSewCamp Weekend scheduled for 2018 and the dates are:  Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, 2018.  I have also set the dates for 2019 and they are:

  • March 29 – 31, 2019
  • June 20 – 24, 2019 – this one is 4.5 days and the rates are double; and
  • September 20 – 22, 2019

If you’d like more information about Carriage Corner and our Sew Camp Weekends please send an email to:  [email protected] and I’ll add you to the mailing list.  Or you can call or text me at 717-768-3059 or send me a direct message through Instagram with your email address.  I look forward to meeting you and sewing with you in the future.

Great Places to Shop for Quilt Fabric in Lancaster County

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This is by no means an exhaustive list.  This is a list that was compiled by reaching out to guests who regularly come to Lancaster County to do some serious shopping for quilt fabric.   So, one bright and sunning afternoon last week – Jay and I jumped in the jeep with the list and made a large loop starting and ending at Carriage Corner.   I am not really a quilter, but I do use quilting fabric for making Jay’s bowling shirts.  Because of that, I don’t know what the current fabric lines are so can’t really speak to that in our travels.

Quilt Fabric Route Map

Quilt Fabric Route Map

Here are the shops on the list:

  • Quilt & Fabric Shack
  • Log Cabin Quilts
  • Cedar Lane
  • Family Farm Fabrics
  • Goods

In each shop, I asked the owners if it was okay if I took photos and was careful to only photograph the fabrics and the shop layout.  I did purchase just a few pieces of fabric along the route.

Quilt & Fabric Shack – I have noticed this shop prior to stopping in – they always have beautiful quilts hanging from the front porch.  There were quilts and quillows for sale inside the store.  They stocked a large selection of Mettler thread and had a large selection of quilting cottons that were organized in a pleasing manner.  I thought the prices were very good – most of the fabrics were around $8/yard and the jelly rolls were $27.

Quilt Fabric - backings Quilt Fabric Precuts Bolts of Quilt Fabric

Log Cabin Quilts – Again, this is another shop that I have noticed in our travels up and down The Old Philadelphia Pike.  Log Cabin Quilts is in Bird-in-Hand and in nice weather has beautiful quilts hung up outside.  This shop has the most amazing cotton flannel I have ever seen in my life.  If I could have talked Jay into a flannel button down shirt I would have bought some.  The price was incredibly reasonable and the fabric felt amazing!  This shop also carried mettler thread and had a huge selection of current quilt fabric along with several beautiful Cathedral Windows quilts for purchase.

Huge Room of Quilt Fabric Quilt Fabric Panels

Cedar Lane Dry Goods – This shop is attached to a house.  Be prepared to have dog greet you when you park and you may very well be parked next to an Amish horse & buggy.  I thought Cedar Lane had the best selection of notions that I had ever seen.  Tons of snaps in various colors; a wall of bias binding in solids and prints, buckets of reasonably priced zippers and a large selection of pretty buttons.  Cedar Lane’s fabrics {to me} seemed to be geared toward the Amish Woman who is making her family’s clothing.  There was lots of wide width poly fabrics.  I felt the quilt fabric selection was small – but I would go back just for the snaps and bias binding.

Zippers - Quilt Fabric Bias Binding - Quilt Fabric Snaps - Quilt Fabric

Family Farm Fabrics – Honestly, this was probably one of my favorite stops of the day – and I have to say it was because the woman working there was so incredibly nice.  We just happened to stop in on the random “if you name starts with M – get a 15% discount” day – and we did take advantage of it.  Jay picked out a conversation print for year round bowling shirt and I got some knitting themed fabric for project bags.  This shop also had a large selection of current quilt fabrics, lots of precuts – but my favorite was the selection of soft books and dolls panels that they had.  They were very neat and the prices were reasonable at right around $8 a panel.  I passed on them – which I’m sure I’ll regret as Eleanor gets older.  Also – attached and connected to Family Farm Fabrics in Martin’s Sewing Machine repair.  I took my serger to them and they did a wonderful job with it.  I believe they also do long arm quilting.

Doll Panel Quilt Fabric Table of Precut Quilt Fabric

Goods – Goods was our last stop of the day and while I wandered around the fabric section – Jay wandered around the entire store.  See Goods is an “everything but food” store.  Goods carries the Moda line of quilt fabric and it’s priced at just under $8/yard.  They also have a large selection of good quality, reasonably priced elastic, as well as other notions.

Beautiful Display of Quilt Fabric Quilt Fabric - selection of precuts

So – If you are a quilter – why not plan your Quilt Fabric Route as part of your trip.  If you have a favorite shop that sells quilt fabric that isn’t on the list – let me know, I’ll check it out and add it to the next round up.

Just a few reminders – We have the following specials happening – through the end of March get one night free when you book 3 using the code LUCK.  In April, book a 3 night stay and get double loyalty nights toward your free night.  Give us a call at 717-768-3059 or to book your stay in one of our quilt themed rooms!  You can always book your room directly through our website.  We look forward to meeting you and seeing what gorgeous quilt fabric you come back with.

Fall Table Linens

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So, one of the best parts of owning a bed and breakfast is decorating.  I’m still working on nailing down my style and hopefully at some point the B&B will reflect something that is more me.  But for now, I’m working with what I can and that’s the breakfast table.  I love dishes and setting a pretty table.   I’ve been lucky enough to add 3 sets of china to the ‘Wall of China’ located in the office/gift shop at Carriage Corner.  With that in mind, I’ve been working on making seasonally appropriate decor and this first is our new Fall Table Linens.

This Fall, I decide that I needed some fall themed table linens.  If you’ve stayed at Carriage Corner, you might know my personal hobbies are knitting and sewing.  While I haven’t made any of the quilts on the beds, I do have a tiny bit of quilting knowledge and a small stash of quilting cottons and an embroidery machine.  With that in mind, I took myself to my fabric stash and pulled fabric with pumpkins in mind.   It took a while, but I made some pumpkin placemats.  For details on how they were made – you can visit the post on my personal blog:  gMarieSews.

Earlier this week, they made their breakfast debut:

Pumpkin placemats on the Carriage Corner Breakfast Table

I expect these will get loads of use between now and Thanksgiving.  The flip side of these napkins are one fabric, the new napkins work with this side:

Carriage Corner's Fall Table Linens

Sew Camp #2 – Recap

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Better Late Than Never – Right?

In all honesty, I’ve been putting off doing this recap because I don’t have a ton of photos – and I ran out of the ‘swag’ that was in the attendees gift bags.  Then I remembered that S2 had taken a lovely photo and I asked to use hers.

Piles of fabric from CarriageCornerSewCamp field trip to FabricMart

FabricMart Spoils

The 2nd Sew Camp was as wonderful as the first.  We were very lucky in that the only guests at the B&B were sew camp attendees and that meant I could really focus my attention on sewing and spending time with the Sew Camp Attendees.  We had 3 ladies who booked into the B&B for the entire Sew Camp and 2 ladies who joined us for Saturday only.    As Sew Camp does, we started Friday with breakfast and pastries before heading out to FabricMart.  Everyone purchased fabric and at least one piece of that newly purchased fabric got sewn up over the weekend.  Friday dinner was a happy hour, with lots of little finger foods, but it’s been suggested we have more of a cocktail hour next time.  You can always bring your own adult beverages, we are just limited in what we can serve – just FYI.

C stitching her machine knit sweater together - this was completed over the weekend

C stitching her machine knit sweater together – this was completed over the weekend

 

S1 and the front of her Charlie Caftan from her FabricMart purchase

S1 and the front of her Charlie Caftan from her FabricMart purchase

Saturday morning had at least one of the ladies in the sewing room bright and early – before breakfast even.  Which is absolutely fine!  She grabbed her coffee and headed into the sewing space to get a head start on her project.  See, B brought a very involved, couture jacket to work on and she was doing tons of handstitching.  I think it was late Saturday before she started basting things together.  H arrived around 11a and S arrived just before noon.  Once we got everyone set up – it was time to take a short break and have some lunch.  Then people went back to sewing, knitting and conversing.  C – had finished the back of her sweater and was getting started on the front.  A few of ladies took a break and run out to Rumspringa to sample some beer.  Saturday dinner was a baked pasta loaded with sausage and cheese, served with a salad.  We skipped desert.  Several of the ladies stayed up quite late sewing – again, that’s the plus of being at a retreat you can sew as long as you want – stopping only for food.  Sunday was more of the same.

Sunday, there was more sewing.  S & B stayed for lunch which included an amazing blueberry buckle that B made.  It was so yummy!

As is always the case, I really enjoyed spending the weekend with like minded crafty ladies.  I found sound of C’s knitting machine incredibly soothing.  I loved watching B’s progress on her jacket and can’t wait until I catch a glimpse of it on Instagram.  Meeting S and her husband felt like we had reconnected with old friends – I wish they were just a little bit closer so we could get together more often – but I’m hoping she’ll come to the next Sew Camp and the menfolk can go off on beer tour.  Just this past Tuesday, I was in New York at the #nysewcialhour and it was great to catch up with C & S and find out that S finished her Charlie caftan and it was perfect for her recent vacation!

Simplicity 8419 Donated by Simplicity Pattern Group

Simplicity 8419 Donated by Simplicity Pattern Group

New Look Pattern Donated by Simplicity Pattern Group

New Look Pattern Donated by Simplicity Pattern Group

This time around – I decided that maybe we should have some ‘swag’ to give out to all attendees.  I started by reaching out to Simplicity Pattern Group and Cashmerette.  Both of these fabulous companies offered up goodies to be given to our group of lovely ladies.  Simplicity sent a box with 2 current patterns – New Look 6517 (I can’t wait to make those floaty pants) and Simplicity 8419 (I might have bought a sheer polka dot fabric for View C at FabricMart) and Cashmerette offered a coupon code good on PDF pattern purchases which was incredibly generous.  I made little thread catcher bags from a pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts using up stashed quilting cottons and a fun decorative stitch on my machine; I also made donut pincushions.  Jay threw some beautiful hardwood cutting blocks into the mix.  I had asked him to make these from the scraps of wood left over from making shoulder stands  and the multi-point pressing tools, because the little green mat that came with my buttonhole and eyelet cutter set was ruined and I needed something to cut on.  We had 2 door prizes – Saturday we gave away a shoulder stand which S2 won and Sunday we gave away a multi-point tool that S won.

If you are thinking about attending a future Sew Camp the details can be found on the Sew Camp tab and the dates for 2018 have been set – March 23-25, 2018 and September 21 – 23, 2018.  I’m thinking about making something for the goodie bags that will be the same every time.  Originally I was thinking about the donut pincushions, but in different colors each time, but now I’m not sure.  How about a few patterns weights that keep getting added to?  What are your thoughts?