A Weekend in Wisconsin

I just returned from such a fun weekend, sewing with friends, in Madison. Wisconsin has been a bit of an unexpected surprise for me. I live in Illinois, grew up in Ohio, have lived in Indiana. I’m used to seeing farms and cornfields. But something about the farms in Wisconsin, with the rolling hills…I really think it is so beautiful.

Plus, I love cheese. And there’s no shortage in Wisconsin!

So Friday night I drove up to this wonderful little log cabin for a weekend of sewing with Holly, Jeni, Deedee, Jacey and Anna. It is so nice to spend a weekend sewing and laughing with friends.

I’m really lucky to have a supportive husband who encourages me to take time away like this to relax.

Although we spent a lot of time in our little chalet sewing, we also spent Saturday afternoon checking out Madison. We got to see Jeni’s apartment (basically where all her amazing design happens!)

And we shopped (a lot) at The Sewcial Lounge!

Besides talking and eating all the delicious food Deedee made us, I spent the entire weekend working on a stack of 140 little blocks.

These are the fabrics I just received from Modern Yardage plus some extras from my fabric stash.

I highly recommend organizing a sewing weekend with friends. I’m so grateful for these wonderful people near me!

Also, just a quick note that today is the last day of my big pattern sale. If you were thinking about getting one, this is your last chance for the 50% off discount. Thanks everyone!



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    Linda H

    July 2, 2013

    Madison is such a fun town

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    Janie Holbrook

    July 2, 2013

    mmm retreats! Love your little blocks. so fresh and sweet. Inspired!

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    July 2, 2013

    Nice blocks. Hanging out with sewing friends is so much fun. Looks like you had lots of fun, and good bonding time together. Have a great holiday!!

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    July 2, 2013

    Wow Faith those wee little blocks look incredible. I can’t wait to see what you turn them into!

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      July 2, 2013

      Exactly what I was thinking, Kelsey, I want to see what happens with the blocks!!

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    Monica Puigferrat

    July 2, 2013

    …I wish I had a sewing group of friends. That’s why I love your blog! Congratulations and thankyou!

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    July 2, 2013

    Oh I miss the cheese curds already! It was so great to hang out! Your blocks look even prettier all trimmed up! Can’t wait to see you again!

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    July 2, 2013

    Sounds like such a fabulous time. I met Jenni at Market and wanted to bring her home for one of my sons ; ) Apparently, she is happy where she is…..

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    July 2, 2013

    Looks so fun, I’m super bummed that I couldn’t make it! I’ll definitely try for the next one.

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    July 2, 2013

    I’m in Wisconsin not far from Madison and you sometimes forget how pretty it is until you see it from someone else’s eyes. So glad you had fun with everyone! That cabin looks amazing!

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    Catherine Redford

    July 2, 2013

    I always drag my daughter to the Sewcial Lounge when I’m in Madison. Glad you had such a fun time!

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    July 2, 2013

    Oh my, that looks so idyllic! Glad you had a fun (and productive) time!

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    Jane Brown

    July 2, 2013

    Looks like a fun place to have a retreat.

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    Jill in Alabama

    July 2, 2013

    Lovely retreat house and so glad you fed your crafter soul. Today my scrap bags arrived — LOVE! My vision is to make a Fresh Lemon Windmill Mini using only your scraps. Can’t wait to see it come to life. Thanks for creating and sharing (and selling).

    Happy 4th, jill

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    Sue Moore

    July 2, 2013

    Like Monica I don’t have a sewing group but I gain so much from your blog! Lots of sewing inspiration plus I learn a lot about your country(I’m in Australia) Madison sounds great & I love that log cabin! Can’t wait to see your quilt!

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    July 3, 2013

    yay WI! i had a great time, despite that grumpy look on my face in the sewcial lounge pic. hahaha

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    Cheryl B

    July 5, 2013

    Please tell me more about this retreat. I live in Madison and I need to know more about this pretty log cabin for my next quilting getaway!

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    July 10, 2013

    It looks like you had a lovely weekend!
    I would love a retreat away from home with my best gals. Best gal in my case 🙂 Wish my husband sewed 🙂
    I just got back from Seattle yesterday with my husband. I even took some hand-sewing with me-I didn’t get to sew..too tired to take the time and effort. The cabin looks beautiful and makes me envious for the thought of a weekend like that 🙂 Lovely!