Heading out to Camp Bearpaw!

Our 2nd Virtual Sewing Retreat starts this week and we couldn’t be more excited! This year, our retreat is summer-camp themed so we are forming cabins, prepping s’mores, and getting ready to gather around the campfire.

Getting Ready for Camp

The sewing room opens at noon on Thursday, keep an eye out for an email with the Zoom link.

Before retreat, campers should look through the website and their swag bag (if applicable) to get ready for camp. Here is an optional to-do list before retreat starts:

Morning Coffee and Evening Campfires

We are kicking off the retreat Thurdsay night with a visit from some SPECIAL GUESTS, so be sure to be in the sewing room by 6pm for fun and prizes.

That will be followed by the Opening Campfire which officially starts our long weekend together.

We’ve got lots of fun in store for our campers. Each morning, after reveille, we’ll stretch and sip coffee together, and each evening we’ll gather around the campfire for a cocktail and an activity.

We’ve built in some small group sewing each day to get out of the big sewing room and enjoy some time around a smaller table.

Throughout the weekend we have a couple of special guests stopping by to say hello. We also have our friendly cabin competition which culminates in a fun activity just before the closing ceremonies on Sunday.

Thank You!

We are coming to camp to sew and sew-cialize but, let’s be honest, we also love the swag! Our swag bags are packed with great treats from our generous sponsors.

We also have some fun prizes planned throughout retreat. You must be present to win, so check out the Activities page for the planned times, but we may pop in with some random drawings as well!

So, let’s give a giant THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors. Their generosity makes our retreat that much more special and it wouldn’t be the same without them!

2018 Retreat Recap

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For our 4th annual sewing retreat we gathered again at Hidden Valley Music Center in Carmel Valley to sew, dine, socialize, and maybe even do a little dancing. Members were welcomed with guild-themed goodie bags filled with treats from our generous sponsors.

We set up our charity wall again this year with a round robin and 2 different block projects. The first set of fabric was a generous donation from sponsor we met at QuiltCon and we used them to piece together precut fabrics into any shapes we wanted. The other set of fabrics was a defined group of plaid fabrics that we turned into a variety of arrow blocks.

As a group, we finished dozens of blocks, 5 pieced quilt tops, and 2 complete quilts! We were truly amazed at all of the work members did, including piecing backings and making bindings.

As always, we raffled off prize baskets to raise money for the guild. This year the baskets were better than ever, filled to the brim with tons of fabric, notions, patterns, and much much more from our amazing sponsors. The guild received a record-breaking amount of money and 5 lucky winners went home with some amazing prizes. Thank you again to our generous sponsors!

The Scavenger Hunt was a big hit this year, with members accomplishing tasks ranging from sewing charity blocks to teaching each other new skills to posting on social media. It was a great way to motivate us all to get things done, share our work, and just have fun. We tallied up the points and awarded prizes to a few lucky winners.

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In the end, we come to retreat to SEW. And our members did a lot of sewing and quilting. As a group, we got a lot done and had so much fun doing it. Check out all of these finished quilts and quilt tops!

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