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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Grand Ole Smockers

Yesterday I enjoyed meeting a lovely group of new friends and fellow sewers at the Grand Ole Smockers SAGA meeting. We met at a lovely little shop in Smyrna, TN, Stitcher's Playhouse, for an enjoyable morning of sewing fellowship and a lovely lunch. I have tried for the past couple of months to work out my schedule to attend this monthly SAGA meeting which is on the 3rd Friday of each month, so I was excited that I finally was able to go.

The Stitcher's Playhouse hosted us and provided us our sewing project for the meeting....this cute little stuffed teddy bear baby gift.
Ann Barnett, the owner had already traced off patterns, cut the minkee and had all the supplies available for us to just sit and sew. We did a little assembly line of pinning pattern onto fabric, someone then ironed the freezer paper pattern onto the minkee, several stitched them together, and then we all cut out, stuffed and stitched up. Makes a quick, but oh so cute little baby gift. We all also traced off preemie diaper shirt patterns to make up in our spare time. Next month baby blankets will be made during the meeting. Blankets, teddy bears and baby shirts will be given to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in the near future.

The new president of the group, Sue Lavell had lovingly made little tissue holders and brought them as a little favor to all the members. So thoughtful! It was a lovely group of ladies to meet and much fun was had by all. I will look forward to joining them again each month.

Lunch was provided by the shop owner and her precious mother, "Mom" who is 85. Ann and her mother use to have a catering business so we were served a delicious Cobb salad with homemade pimento cheese and crackers. "Mom" also made a yummy chocolate dessert for us all. If you live in the Nashville area and have never visited the Stitcher's Playhouse, it is a must to go see and shop there. Has a quaint vintage charm with several rooms of beautiful heirloom fabrics, patterns, etc. but also such bright and fun fabrics for children's fun wear, tote bags, aprons etc. They have a wonderful class schedule of great sewing classes for all. Ann had just gotten in a wonderful little trunk show from Samantha Caffee, of The Handmade Dress, Such cute little retro patterns that are great for girls of all ages. I couldn't resist purchasing "Miss Mary" a little wrap dress that I will be whipping up for my Annie Frances in the next couple of weeks. We all suggested that Samantha Caffee should expand this pattern to adult sizes as we all wanted one too!

A fun day for me with a little break. Now back to my sewing room to keep on working on all my Easter orders

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