Ho ho ho! We had such a merry time at the Christmas in July Retreat a couple of weeks ago, from July 30th to August 2nd! We had about 25 lovely ladies participate in this event here in Hamilton and it was so much fun making quilts and other Christmas projects with them. Once everyone arrived there was a meet-and-greet with Mrs. “Jenny” Claus and Mr. “Jenny” Claus, as small gifts were handed out to everyone there! (It may have been 90 degrees, but they didn’t mind dressing up one bit!)
The entire Sewing Center was decorated with a Christmas tree, lights and other decor as well to keep the retreaters in the spirit as they worked on their Christmas projects. Several Quilted Christmas Stockings were made (Click HERE to view this tutorial) as well as some Dresden Tree Wall Hangings (Click HERE to get the pattern). They’re so cute and festive, and make wonderful gifts!!
We worked on all kinds of fun Christmas decor and gift items! Aren’t these folded napkins so cute??
One of our retreaters, Dana Moore, loves to work with scraps! They were working on a quilt block as a group that created a few scraps, so Dana seized the opportunity! She was given scraps from all the other retreaters and created this beautiful quilt block from it! Isn’t it stunning?? What a gift she has!
The group had mini lessons from Cindy each day where she gave them tips on using tools and templates, how to make each project and even some quilt demos. Check out this Dresden Tree Wall Hanging made by Dawn Wilking! It’s so fun to use colorful Christmas Charm Packs to get a unique look! These bright blue and purple batiks are beautiful, aren’t they?
In our Sew Seasonal holiday quilt shop, we did demos on the Dresden Tree Pattern and one lucky participant won supplies to make their own! One little girl named Adelle got to draw the winner and present the prize! 🙂 She said, “This is what Santa feels like!”
We had such a good time with our Christmas in July Retreat and Events and can’t wait for Christmas in December, or… actual Christmas 😉 If you are interested in participating in one of our future retreats or events you can find more information by clicking here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Events