birthday weekend at the beach. (sewing).

a few weekends ago, i went with three quilty friends to a quilting retreat, hosted by the triangle modern quilt guild. at the beach. bonus info: it was also my birthday weekend.

on the way down, we stopped at two quilt shops in chapel hill and raleigh.
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upon arrival at the (super fancy pants) hotel, we immediately exchanged swap items that we had made for each other.

my open wide zipper pouches.
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kim made these little items. they are pincushions. tool caddies. and thread catchers. they were perfect for this retreat.
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jen made fancy drawstring bags. filled with chocolate.
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casey made boxy pouches. i love mine.
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here’s all of my loot.
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the next day, we did a little local (wilmington) shopping and discovered this little gem of a place to eat. it’s owned by some buffalonians and had beef on wicks. WHAT?!?! i think there’s a chance that derek and i ate there once. a LONG time ago. like 10 years ago. maybe. it’s all a blur.
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the beef on wick. i talked everyone into getting one and they are all now converts.
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finally. after lunch. it was time to set up shop. my view.
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then, of course, i had to lay out all of my fabrics from the FOUR shops we visited before we ever even sewed one stitch. it’s it pretty?
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a better view of the ballroom. it was so spacious. especially after the last retreat i was at. i won’t name names. *cough* sewsouth *cough*.
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my view. again. i made a lot of top secret christmas stuff that i can’t actually post yet, so sorry for the lack of finished items pics.
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we listened to christmas music. made christmas gifts. bought christmas fabric. so, naturally, i ate christmas candy.
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my neighbors, jen and casey.
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christmas stockings for derek. isaac. and anna.
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on saturday night, we went out for mexican. kim ordered a drink that was as big as her head. our waitress was hilarious. she had us cracking up all night. nancy.
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nancy took a pic of our crew. (she actually took about 18).
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my pile of food. so much. unfortunately, it wasn’t great. thank goodness for nancy.
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we sewed until like 1 am. got a lot accomplished. then, we packed up and headed out in the morning. i was excited to get back and hang with my kiddos. they had made me this birthday “card” on the big chalkboard. so sweet.
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oh. and during our stop at hobby lobby in wilmington, i happened upon this robot santa music box. i wanted it. but, i had just spent over $100 on fabric and the retreat hadn’t even started yet, so i passed. little did i know that my quilty friends conspired together and sneakily purchased it and gave it to me for my birthday. such nice girls. and it’s my new fave christmas decoration!
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anyhooo… that’s the tale of my birthday beach bash. you know. where i sewed. just like how i always imagined it. i’m so old.

1 Comment

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am catching up on reading, and had to start with this one!! A fabulous weekend, and now it’s lunchtime and I want a beef on weck!

    Nancy!

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