One being: learn how to make a quilt! Since my heritage on both sides of the family is Mennonite (and my grandma was actually Amish!), I have always always wanted to learn to quilt. I remember when we used to attend a Mennonite church growing up and I'd see a group of elderly ladies sitting around a HUGE quilt, hand stitching all the squares, drinking coffee, smiling and chatting. And I swore to myself I'd learn to do that some day.
Some day has come! (Ok, technically, it's not quite the same since we didn't hand stitch... We used sewing machines. But STILL. I didn't even know how to piece together a quilt or where to begin.)
This past weekend, I joined a group of friends from the local MOPS that I'm a part of and we headed to a cabin in Detroit nestled up on the hillside above the lake. Our goal for the weekend was to put together two quilts to be able to auction off for a fundraiser for MOPS.
I timidly brought my sewing machine, unsure of what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, a couple of the ladies were pro quilters and showed the rest of us the way. :) A few ladies came to be baby lovers and holders for the three little men (Asher included) that joined us, which freed the rest of us crafters' hands to get to quiltin'! We also had a couple ladies come who served us by making us the most delicious meals for the weekend. :)
It was so much fun to have a little "mommy getaway" (and seriously could not have come at a better time, since I have been feeling a little run down the last couple months with my lil' colicky guy.). Loved the chatting and getting to know the ladies better, and loved learning how to quilt! It was so much easier and less intimidating than I thought it would be! (Of course, would've been much more difficult without the clear instruction from our pro's! If I had to figure it out on my own, definitely wouldn't have been as great - ha!)
Here's pics from the weekend (stole some of these from the ladies I went with!!):
Look at me going! On my "Singer Confidence Quilter" machine and all!)
The lovely chef's!
Determining how we wanted to lay out the quilt squares.
And here are the two completed tops! No batting or binding yet... No time on this trip. :)
Enjoying our meal! Fun group of ladies :)
And, what Asher did all weekend:
Clearly, he had a great time too. :) Was so nice to learn something I've wanted to learn for a long time, spend time with awesome friends and come home feeling refreshed after a looong couple of months.
Excited to now start on the two (SUPER SIMPLE in comparison) "quilts" that I'm making for Zeek's toddler bed and Asher's crib. Now at least I have some idea of what I'm doing! ;)
Hope you all had great weekends too!