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Fabric Mart Fabric Challenge

With the thought of the first long sewing retreat coming up, I thought it would be fun to do something different. A friend and I were chatting about a beautiful border print fabric and what someone else had made from it. We both said, Oh, I would have made ________ {fill in the blank} from that fabric. And an idea was born.

Let’s Have a Challenge!

As part of the ‘Coordinated Sew Camps” I take the attendees on a field trip to Fabric Mart Fabrics. So, I reached out to Fabric Mart with my idea of providing the same fabric to everyone attending the Sew Camp. We were able to work together to collaborate on a fabric challenge.

Picking a Fabric

The next step was to email all the attendees, with several fabric options. Each fabric offered was a border print. Several were knits, one was a chiffon and one was a sateen. I then asked for people to give me their top three fabric choices. Gathered all the information from the responses and we ended up with a beautiful Milly floral border print.

Milly Border Print from FabricMart for Carriage Corner Sewing Challenge

Next – I ordered the fabric and drove up to FabricMart ahead of time to pick it up. The fabric was prewashed and hung on the clothesline to dry.

Cutting It Up!

This part was a little scary. I had folded and rewrapped the 27 yards of fabric back onto the bolt. The night before everyone was due to arrive, Mr. Carriage Corner added a yard stick to the front on my cutting table and I measured off 3 yard pieces, folded it and had the fabric ready and waiting for the arrival of the campers.

With 3 yards of fabric in hand, everyone was to make a garment by the end of July – a little over 5 weeks after the end of sew camp. Watch for the next post to see some of the garments that were made. I’m really impressed and inspired by the creativity of this group.

I Survived Carriage Corner Sew Camp

First CarriageCornerSewCamp – Day 1

a medley of the breakfasts served during carriage corner sew camp
Sample of some of the breakfasts provided to the sewists attending CarriageCornerSewCamp

Whew!  That’s a mouthful!  I’m happy to say that I survived the first ever Carriage Corner Sew Camp.  I am so very thankful for the time that I had to sew, the conversations, the laughter and the new friendships that are developing as a result of Carriage Corner Sew Camp {#CarriageCornerSewCamp on instagram}.

Carolyn and Shenetha came to sew camp on Thursday and stayed until Monday.  We discount your stay on the day before and after so why not take advantage and get some more sewing time in?  Friday morning, everyone was treated to a typical Carriage Corner breakfast while the ‘campers’ who arrived late Friday morning were introduced to Carolyn and Shenetha and offered coffee & coffee cake.

Carriage Corner Sew Camp attendees buying fabric at FabricMart

Mr. Carriage Corner played porter and unloaded sewing machines and projects and carried them into the sewing space while we went to FabricMart.  We arrived right around 11:30 or so and we were given the grand tour of FabricMart. I was surprised how big it is!  If you haven’t been there, you should go.  They have patterns and notions too!

As usual, after getting home – I had loads of fabric envy and wished that I had shared fabric with everyone.  At the top is a link to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp hashtag on Instagram – check it out for all the sew camp fun.

SewCamp Day 2

It was an absolutely blessing that Carolyn was here.   Saturday started with a serger lesson; a lot of  seam ripping; fitting help; pattern alterations; cutting; sewing; talking and laughing.

Saturday evening we all went out for dinner as a group.  After dinner, everyone was excited to get back into their projects and sewed until late in the evening.

SewCamp Day 3

Sunday morning B was up early, she grabbed a cup of tea and went to sew before breakfast was ready. My goal with hosting Carriage Corner Sew Camp is to help create community; build friendships and connections.  Each of the ladies who attended our first Sew Camp are now on instagram, they are all private so request to follow them.

Spring Fling Sewing Retreat

The First #CarriageCornerSewCamp

A typical Carriage Corner Breakfast

A typical Carriage Corner Breakfast

I am so thrilled to announce the first sewing retreat at Carriage Corner!  I’ve been thinking about this since before we purchased the Bed & Breakfast, to have quarterly retreats ~ specifically sewing retreats and possibly knitting retreats, also.   

So the first ever “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” is happening Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017!  This first one will be a general sew in.  Come bring your projects and sew.  A highlight of this retreat is that Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic will be on hand to work with you on your sewing challenges, developing a TNT, how to take a pattern and to see design changes.  Carolyn and I will also take time to take a full set of measurements if you need them.  Other than that there will be no set sewing agenda. If you just want a weekend away, to sew and spend time with fellow sewists, this is the time and place for that to happen.

The Particulars

1. If you want to stay at Carriage Corner the cost for the weekend? is $350 per person, double occupancy; $425 single occupancy.

2. There are 5 guest rooms at Carriage Corner with queen beds in every room.  If you are requesting double occupancy,  please give the name of the person you will be rooming with when you register.  Every room has a private bath.

3. If you live locally or want to participant on a daily “day tripper” basis ~ the daily rate is $125 per person.

4. When registering please state whether you are registering for double or single occupancy.

5. This retreat is open to 10 people ONLY

6. Registrations are taken on a first come basis.

What’s Included With Your Registration?

Friday, March 24th

  • Arrive at Carriage Corner by 10:00 am.
  • Fabric Shopping at Fabric Mart.  The van will leave at 11:00 am.
  • After getting your fabric fix, lunch will be at a charming little cafe called Crave.
  • Friday evening around 5:00 pm, we’ll have a happy hour at Lancaster Yarn Shop.  Wendy, the owner of the yarn shop, will co-host the happy hour with me.  The yarn shop will be open for your shopping pleasure.
  • Dinner will be on your own Friday evening.
  • The sewing area will be available to set up after the reception and you can sew to your hearts content.  (There are 2 machines available for use, on a first come basis)
  • The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.    

Saturday, March 25th

Log Cabin after it's facelift
Log Cabin after it’s facelift
  • Carriage Corner breakfast will be served promptly at 8:30 am to get your sewing day started off right.
  • After breakfast, head into the ‘sewing space’ and work on whatever project you want.
  • Carolyn will be available all day to help with sewing questions.
  • There will be a make your own sandwich bar available for lunch  
  • Dinner will be catered.
  • The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.

Sunday, March 26th

  • Carriage Corner breakfast will be served promptly at 8:30 am to get your sewing day started off right.
  • Everyone who is staying at Carriage Corner will need to check out of their room by 11 am.
  • After breakfast, head into the ‘sewing space’ and work on whatever project you want.
  • Carolyn will be available all day to help with sewing questions.  
  • Sunday lunch will be on your own.
  • All weekend there will be coffee, tea, water and sodas available along with treats.  

To Register

Please send an email to, with “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” in the subject line to confirm that you will be attending.  I will send a reply email confirming your attendance with additional details.  Now I understand that not everyone can come for the entire weekend.  As stated above, there will be day-tripper options available for Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.  Come one, two or all three days. (If you come as a day-tripper for all three days, a discount on the day-tripper rate will be available)  In the event that Carriage Corner is completely booked for the event, and you want to stay over, I can recommend some lovely B&B’s close by.  The day tripper rate will be available, again on a first come basis.   If you would like to arrive on Thursday night or stay over on Sunday, we are offering a discount on the rooms on Thursday and Sunday nights if you want to extend your visit.   I hope you will come out and sew with us in March!