Embellished Project and Pears

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Friday and Saturday this week we are having a Breton Women Quilt Retreat at my house. Breton is my maiden name (Slovak name). I have 4 sisters. This is an opportunity for the women in our family to get together and honor our mother and grandmother Freda in sewing together. I'm so excited about it and I got the idea from Jill Finley's lecture and book.
The sisters/moms decidid we would bring a few door prizes. I purchased some white bath sheets at a local discount store. And I wanted to do something really simple to make them a little special and use towels for a door prize for the retreat.
I cut strips of fabric 2" in a neutral fabric that might be ok in most any bathroom.
I used my 1" bias strip maker (I cut the strips on the straight of grain this time) to turn the edges under and get the strips ready to sew on the towels. It was really easy and took under a half hour. I think it is a great idea. Who doesn't want new fresh towels? Anyone can use them.You know me by now. I always complicate things by throwing too much in the mix. I purchased 4 boxes of fresh pears. They will all ripen this week, I'm pretty sure. Whitney wanted to bottle some for Allison and I like to dry them (our dried peaches are all gone already, for some reason my family will go eat the dried fruit and pass up the fresh fruit? crazy). So after work I'll have to do a little bit at a time. Jamie's 20th birthday is Wednesday so I also have a birthday mid week before the retreat. And my SIL Justin came home from his Army training. Lots going on but good stuff. I'm really looking forward to the retreat at the end of the week.

-nanette
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19 comments

Suzan said...

Decorating the towels is a wonderful idea. Have fun!!

Sandi said...

Oh, those pears look yummy! Nice fabric choice on the towels. They'll make a great doorprize gift. I'll be off to retreat, too, this weekend and can hardly wait! Have fun with the sisters. :-)

Nedra said...

Have a wonderful retreat and tell those cute neices of yours I say hello.

Muddling Through said...

Sounds like a lot fun going on in your place. And those towels are SO pretty. That was a smart idea using the bias tape maker to turn the edges under. Mine tend to be a little "wavy". :(

Lynn said...

Love the towels! A family quilting retreat, lucky you! That sounds wonderful, looking forward to you showing what is worked on there.

sallgood said...

Have fun with your family!! Your towels will be a hit for sure!!

Kama said...

That's lots of pears. Random side-note. My mom has/had that same lemonade jar that you have in the background of your picture. My husband was helping to move it high on a counter and didn't realize the lid didn't "stick" so it came crashing to the tile floor in a million pieces. :( No bueno. So if you ever break the jar and are left with a lid... ;)

em's scrapbag said...

My family is the same way with dried fruit, go figure. Your towles are a great gift idea! I'm sure they will be loved. Have way too much fun with your sisters!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

The name of your blog totally fits you;as you are always busy as a bee. have a wonderful week and fun with your family.

Janet said...

There's always so many happy things happening at the hive. Brilliant idea with the towels!

Cathy said...

Have a fabulous women of the family retreat Nanette, fabulous idea. Love the towels they will work a treat I'm sure. I have never bottled or dried pears, sounds like a lot of work, but worth it I'd say! xo

Sherri said...

Oh, Nanette...have so much fun with your sisters...love the towel idea...and the pears...any ideas other than eating them fresh?...I'm getting some tomorrow!

Madame Samm said...

Nanette...I love towels...being sew inspired as I am to you wonderful ladies..I will be doing a slew of them but they will have legs...And can we talk about PEARS...dried, over fresh..who knew...lol..4 cases of them..goodness that is a lot of fruit...Pearly possible for me to fanthom lol..blesssings msamm

pratima said...

A very Happy Birthday to Jamie :)
Wish her lots of smiles and a wonderful year ahead!!!
The embellished towels are lovely! And the pears are YUM! Retreat with your sisters is such a great idea! Have tons of fun and a beautiful week with your family :)

Julie said...

Awesome idea!! Where did you get the bias tape maker? Have a great time with your sisters. Sounds so fun. And..good luck with the pears:). Happy first day of fall. Julie

AnnieO said...

Good towel idea! My MIL gave me all her sewing stuff when she was downsizing to a smaller room at her senior place--she had a whole set of those bias makers. Now I know what I could do with them :)

Pat said...

LOVE those towels...what a good idea. Your pears sound yummy, too....fresh AND dried...I like them either way.

Momoo said...

The retreat sounds like a lot of fun, enjoy.
Four boxes of pears, oh my!!!!

Sharleen said...

What a great idea for the towels! I hope you have a very enjoyable retreat with your sista's. Sounds like my kind of a weekend.