What a relaxing week we had on our sewing retreat. My friends and I went to Leavenworth, Washington. On our agenda was a week of sewing, eating, walking, shopping, laughing, additional sewing and laughing, more eating and a few more trips to shop. We stayed at Anderson’s Lodging House, a bed and breakfast and quilt shop. Delightful owners, Al and Dee and there wonderful employee Louise, always make our stay enjoyable.
We bring a couple of sewing/embroidery machines each, a serger, laptops, and more projects than we can possibly finish during our stay. The easy access to our room makes bringing in all of our belongings simple and fast. We are up and sewing in no time at all.
Leavenworth, a bavarian village in the Cascade Mountains, is a charming town with everything you need for shopping and dining. One of our favorite places to eat was Pavz, which we ate at 3 times during our stay. The sandwiches and seafood chowder were so delicious, the crepes were amazing and the garlic bread could make a meal in itself. But the desert crepes were incredible, they filled a dinner plate. You have to try one.
We start our day with a couple mile morning walk, stopping at the local coffee shops for a latte and some wonderful fellowship. Then it is time to work on our projects to see how much we can get done before we walk to town to eat and shop some more. We love to stop at Copper Creek, Icicle River Clothing Company, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ganz Klasse, and many more. There was a wonderful new jewelry store called Exuberence which had some fascinating pieces.
During our retreat I worked on items to sell on jadewink.etsy.com/ and projects for my classes at Quality Sewing. The classes at our Alderwood location this weekend are Pfaff Creative Vision University, and Hoop Study. In CVU the topic will be lettering. It is easier to do the lettering in Pfaff 4D Suite software, however, learning to do the lettering on the Creative Vision helps you to learn some of the wonderful features of this machine. In Hoop Study we will be working with the endless hoop. This hoop is 180m X 100m and makes quick work of endless embroidery.
At the end of our stay, we drove east to Smallwoods Harvest in Peshatin, WA. http://www.smallwoodsharvest.com/ This is the ultimate of fruit stands. Take the kids to the petting farm to see the llamas, chickens, goats and pigs. Check out the store with an outstanding variety of jams, jellies and butters, pickles, honeys, sauces, mixes, salad dressings…there is so much there you have to see it for yourself.
Our final destination was The Attic Window Quilt Shoppe theatticwindowquiltshoppe.com in Wenatchee, WA. What a tremendous quilt shop! They have a fantastic selection of fabrics, patterns, books, and notions. The batiks were plentiful and unique. If you love Amy Butler fabrics, you won’t be disappointed. They have a very nice selection of her fabrics to choose from. Take the time to stroll around the store, there are so many things to look at and the samples are awesome. We all left with our bags filled with treasures.
Enjoy your sewing adventures!! Lana