I had a wonderful time in Phoenix at retreat again this year, although my knee was less than cooperative. I usually don't get a whole lot of sewing done, preferring to socialize more than sew. I also did some swimming and soaking in the hot tub.
I did finish my sweatshirt jacket, and Dale was good enough to put it on after I got home so I could get pictures of it. I put a band of black fabric across the bottom to give it some additional length.
My first shopping spree was Savers which is conveniently located to the hotel. I did find a great king size 100% cotton sheet, along with some black fabric that will make a good backing. It was priced $1.99, and I also found five yards of black flannel which had no price tag, and the cashier rung it up for $1.99 as well. Woo-hoo!
My next shopping was at IKEA! They had this canvas sturdy fabric with graphic apples--99 cents/yard. I bought five yards. I thought I'd make a picnic quilt, but then decided it would also be great to cover my ironing board as well. I also couldn't resist this wonderful graphic batik with circles and koi...five and a half yards for $20! Maybe I can talk daughter Jackie into it for the grandsons' bed quilts. If not I like it well enough for a quilt for me!
Then I hit the jackpot. Tove who is my birthday twin--same day and same year--took me shopping to SAS. I did pretty well last year at the SAS store near Pat's place. Tove took me to the store in Tempe, since she knew they had gotten a new shipment.
I now have a Kaffe Fassett stash along with some more batiks to add to my collection. I enjoyed getting it all washed and ironing it all, fondling each piece as I went along! I got it all for $3.99/yd. A couple of the batiks are extra wide--backings!!
I'm getting my sewing room back in order so I can get back to quilting. I came home with an abundance of tops for Dr. Kaufman thanks to all my generous friends at retreat. They'll keep me out of trouble for a long while. Dale replaced the original recessed fixture in my sewing room with this fixture. Why I didn't think to have him do this a long time ago, I don't know, but we now have some great LED bulbs in it as well. I like good lighting.