Popping in to share that I was able to attend half of a sewing retreat/day camp July 20-22. Long explanation why I couldn't attend the whole thing, but the short version is that I got called in to work at the library even though my plans for those 3 days had been in place for over 6 months.
Anyway, the short time I did have to be at the retreat was a lot of fun. There were 13 people. We did a lot of chatting and laughing, and it's always enjoyable to see what everyone else brings to sew. One of the guild members travels all over the country and buys fabric wherever she goes, so she always has interesting printed cottons that we don't see available here in our local stores. There was a wide variety of projects in the group: lots of quilt blocks, dresses, tote bags, pillow cases, a lovely blouse, table runners, Quilt of Valor, Tshirt quilt for a going-to-college gift, and a baby gift for a first grandchild.
I myself did some pattern drafting and sewed a knit top start to almost finish. I didn't do the hems there because I didn't take the right needle to make the topstitching look the best. I was happy to get that much done in spite of many interruptions. The large tables make everything easier to do. Oh, and I also cut a bunch of netting strips to crochet into dish scrubbies, since I gave away all that I had made before and now I need some for my own kitchen.
The group is planning another retreat in October but I'm not very hopeful about being able to go to that one.