American Quilting Retreat

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Last week was Amy's retreat at the Provo Marriott. Amy is the owner of American Quilting in Orem, Utah. I was only able to attend some limited events due to my work schedule and other goings on. I will say fabulous women were there and I wish I could have spent more time with them. Unfortunately I was an awful photographer and forgot to get my camera out to record the fun. Several of my wonderful friends were there and you can check out their blogs because I'm sure they'll have great photos. Go see Kim, Lori, Amy S., RaeAnn and of course the American Quilting Blog for more details.
This was my gift from Amy at American Quilting. Amy is a wonderful person and talented mom, shop owner, quilter and designer. I was flattered she asked me to be involved in her event.
After my trunk show I met some new friends. This is the lovely Lisa. I had to photograph her apron. Isn't it sweet and clever. She used vintage crochet pieces to liven up this terrific apron.
I took a class with Lori, Kim and Amy (I don't think RaeAnn was there? maybe). We all wanted to know how to attach the hardware to make little purses. It was puzzling at first but with Lori's help I got the hang of it.
Our teacher was named Sherri. I wish I had taken pics of all her purses. Oh well. It really wasn't that complicated to make these little purses. I have several hardware sets sitting around here so now I can make bags on my own.My main problem making this purse was using the monofilament thread. I absolutely couldn't control the thread and worse than that, I couldn't see it. Several years ago I had a detached retina and it handicaps my ability to see like I used to be able to see. Anyway I will be making more of these. I used some vintage kitchen fabric for this little purse. I love it. Lori and Kim's purses are cute too, go see them.

I've been posting ahead on my blog so I haven't answered questions, returned emails or comments and read blogs. I'm taking classes this week too so I'm kind of out of the loop this week, again. So be patient with me when I get back as I try to catch up later! Have a nice week everyone.

-nanette
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Pat said...

The apron and purse are really cute!

julieQ said...

Oh, I really love those little purses! I have wondered how in the world to attached the hardware. Glad you had fun!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Those purses are adorable. Looks like you got the hang of attaching the hardware.

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Those purses are adorable. Looks like you got the hang of attaching the hardware.

Muddling Through said...

Now, Nanette, don't you worry about us here at home, just go ahead and have a good time. We can catch up when you get back. :) You did a great job on that little purse. It's just darling.

em's scrapbag said...

Your little purse is so cute.
The apron clever especially how she used the vintage crochet pieces.

That Girl said...

Your purse is so cute! I learned a few years ago how to attach the hardware and yep, it's a little tedious at first but the results are worth it. Looks like you have fun!

Jennifer :)

Rae Ann said...

I love your purse! I chose not to take the class while at the retreat because I wanted to get some serious quilting done. LOL! I am taking it at American Quilting. I love how they all turned out. So Cute!!!
It was so fun seeing you at the retreat. Glad that you were able to join us for at least part of it!

kpaints said...

Really cute little purse! And what a cute apron!

Sandi said...

The purses have a great vintage look! I would love to learn how to do that but don't know anyone in our area that's doing this. There might be a place in St. Paul, a bead shop that might be a possibility. I'll check it out. Have fun with your classes!! Don't worry about replying. I know you are out there having fun and will share it all with us when you get back. :-)

Jeanette said...

I'm so jealous, I wanted to take that little purse class so bad, but what can you do with three kids at home and no sitter *Sigh*

Carrie P. said...

Those little purses are so neat. I would like to learn how to attach them too. Monofilament and I are not friends. lol

Brandie said...

Cute bags, will you be selling some? If so, let me know. I love the hardware.

Pat said...

What a CUTE bag! I think monofilament drives a LOT of us crazy!!!

Nedra said...

I want to make some of those purses! When you come to my house, you'll have to do a little tutorial.

Lily Boot said...

Oooh I love your vintage purse - the lining inside is beautiful - I have that fabric in the yellow colourway. It's a lovely construction - what a great class. And that apron is darling - I'm inspired now to make a gingham apron and try to create that gorgeous fabric with some embroidery. Enjoy the rest of your classes you lucky duck :-)

Jan said...

The little purse is adorable Nanette! I am impressed :) And OMG on your "trunk show" that Lori posted! Whow, it was awesome :)

Barb said...

Nanette, I've been reading all over blog land how fabulous your trunk show was...congrats! Looks like a fabulous experience.

Thimbleanna said...

It's fun to read about the retreat on everyone's blogs. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

pratima said...

Your purse is stunning, Nanette. Love the deep Navy shade with the frame. The print is very pretty.
Cute apron :)

Julia said...

Really cute little purse! And what a cute apron..
Wow you girls look like it was so much fun..
Julia ♥

belinda said...

Good job on your new little purse....sounds like the retreat was a good time!!

Sherri said...

Glad you had a wonderful time! Love those little purses!

Lurline said...

I have been following time at the retreat through other blogs - what a lot of fun! Your trunk show has been very popular. Love the little purse you made!
Hugs - Lurline♥

The Quilt Buddy said...

It looks like you guys had so much fun!!!!...Jealous...Jealous...Jealous!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love the purses. I have that hardware too for some bags. I've gotta learn how to attach them.
Glad you had a great time.

Mel said...

Oh, I very much love the charming purse!!

Stephanie said...

LOVING the kitchen print purse. So sweet.

Jill said...

Thanks for sharing-I love your blog.It is a feast for eyes & heart.The gifts-looks like a great pincushion on the left,apron & pocketbooks are fabulous!!

Jannie said...

What a fun blog, Nannette and such beautiful patterns and pictures. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.