February 12, 2013

  • Sewing Retreat at Hilton Head, SC

    Sewing Retreat at Hilton Head with my mother, sisters and a few nieces! 

    This years sewing retreat was a little different then years past.  We were offered a time share unit from one of our nieces.  Distance and size of the unit made it difficult for a lot of the grandchildren to come.   Also our only sister-in-law Cheryl was not able to make it because Jessica was getting married that week. (In their home)    We missed you guys.

    I had the delight of sewing across the table from niece Rebecca.

    Her stack of pieces just kept growing and growing getting longer and longer.   She was working on the outer part of her quilt.  Here she is showing us her finished center.   Isn’t it beautiful?


    Sunday we had some men visitors.  Our sister Coleen lives a little over 2 hours from where we were so her husband Glen came and brought along 2 son-in-laws as well as niece Bethany and her daughter Hannah.

    For our church service we watched Dr. David Jeremiah on TV.

    I’ve decided to make just one big post on our time at Hilton Head so hold on, here we go!  This post is LONG!

    Mother made 6 of these velvet doll blankets.  One each day!

    Niece Javonne worked steady at her black and grey Cathedral Window.

    Jolene has started sewing her velvet strips together and did a lot of handwork during the week.

    Most of us walked each day on the beach.   We had a nice boardwalk that took us over the marshland right out to the beach.

    I asked Claire B. if she’d take some pictures of me and my finished quilt out on the beach.

    My quilt is called “Simply Woven” and is a scrappy random modern weave.  Can’t wait to start machine quilting it and getting some good texture to it!  We are doing one like it at our church sewing circle.


    Barbara worked on several projects.  Here’s one she designed and is working on making a pattern for it for her next book.

    She also brought one along that is my all time favorite of hers.

    I think this quilt could win ribbons at major quilt shows!

    Emily work on a lot of different projects.  She took a mans shirt and made this cute kitchen apron for herself.


    Here’s a more modern quilt called “Zipper”.   She had pieced it earlier and machine quilted it while there.



    One day it rained from morning till night!  We still enjoyed our walk on the beach.
    Here is Emily, Barbara, me, Coleen and Julia.

    Katina’s stack of flannel and denium squares is quite impressive!  Look at the background how we just put up our little sewing stations all around the room.

    We used the beds to lay out our quilts.

    And here is Katina’s finished comfort.  It’s a raggedy edge quilt.  All she needs to do now is wash it a few times and fluff up the edges.   Great job Katina!

    Her twin Claire B.  made a book bag for her niece.   All I can say is AMAZING!  The detail on it defies all!

    For one of our meals Emily treated us hordourves at Robert Irvine’s Eat! restaraunt.  It was a great experience.  He has a show on the Food Network station that I like to watch.

    Julia machine quilted her granddaughter Talya’s quilt and finished off the binding.


    This quilt of Julia’s was the first one complete!


    Coleen’s quilt is really taking shape.

    Sheila brought handwork along as well as her laptop so she could keep up with work at home.   She did ordering for her kitchen store while there.

    Till next year…..so long from this sewing bunch of sisters!

    Here are some links to my sister’s posts.



    Niece Jillian

    Thanks Jillian for making all this possible!

Comments (12)

  • WHAT A TRIP!!!   I don’t understand how you get SO MANY done in such a short time!!!!!!!

  • Wow!  You really do have a quilting family, don’t you?  And all the quilts aare so beautiful.

  • I’m still savoring that time together and wondering how it went by so fast. 

  • Thanks for this wonderful post. You summed it up wonderfully.

  • Oh my!  All the quilts are AMAZING (as usual) and our own Russian princess and I are just about drooling over the matryoshka doll backpack and bags that Claire made – wonder which niece gets that one?  They are her best backpacks yet, in our opinion.  Thanks for sharing all the pics, Polly!

  • Wow, what a productive time you all had!  I love all of the projects!  That “Simply Woven” looks really difficult!  Will you take pictures in progress at your sewing circle so I can see how it goes?  And I can’t wait now to buy Barbara’s new book if that quilt with the stars is any indication of what is going to be in it!  Looking forward to seeing Colleen’s when it is finished and I am interested in how the edges are going to look – what beautiful colors she put together!  Julia’s quilt for Tayla Renee is really a treasure!  Emily’s quilts are wonderful!  All of the quilts and projects are wonderful!

  • I love reading and living vicariously with your family through your posts.   That set of bags for a child that your niece made is fantastic!  I won’t go though and comment on each quiilt but did love the one you took a pic of on the beach.  That needs to go in a book.  The perfect setting. 

  • What a wonderful trip!  I am so glad that you experience this tradition each year.  We are glad to have you home, and I can’t wait to see some of your projects in person. Love, Alicia 

  • All the quilts are amazing ~ so beautiful! Looks like you had a productive week and I’m sure you made lots of memories to treasure.

  • Polly, I’ve so enjoyed going to all of Barbara’s links and reading about y’all’s sewing retreat. I just love all the pictures…singing in the rain included! I especially liked your woven quilt. Everyone did a great job! Thank you for sharing your special time.

  • I love it.  Thanks for posting.

  • Well, Mom, that just looks like more fun than a human being should be allowed to have! 

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