This year the Souhrada ladies gathered in Woodbury, MN for what started as Spiritual Spa turned quilting retreat at Kingswood Methodist Camp, to craft/sewing/scrapbooking weekend now named Jane’s Jubilee. We named the weekend after Aunt Jane that past away summer of 2009. She was mostly remembered at these weekends for her group craft project, debates, and making clothes.
Packed up….a sea of red.
This years attendees…
a.k.a. Embroidery Empress
Project: Embroidering towels so that she didn’t have to share germs with the other people she worked with.
Highlight: Listening to her son, Simi, read her an excerpt from his book before bedtime.
Project: Personalized crafted calendars for her sister in law and mother in law for Christmas 2010. Isn’t it March 2011?
Highlight: Getting the months in the calendar out of order.
a.k.a. Tagger the Terrible
Project: Leg warmers, bibs, taggie blankets
Highlight: When she told me that Wesley wears the baby leg warmers all day. She takes them off right before her husband gets home. I would like to point out to everyone that baby leg warmers have function so therefore dress up your little boy’s legs!
a.k.a. Happy Hacker
Project: Mittens, digitizing PairSquared logo, fixing Colleen’s computer, stitch project
Highlight: Solving the mystery of .net framework.
a.k.a. Bobbin Stealer
Project: I am not sure, she went to the basement to hide.
Highlight: When she said Colleen didn’t know anything about embroidery and we all overheard her in the next room.
a.k.a. Seam Ripper
Project: Red work and fixing everyone’s mistakes
Highlight: Purchasing her Red 304 thread and eating breakfast is hard work. Must of taken her a long time to eat breakfast considering she was in her PJ’s all day.
a.k.a. Bernina Boss
Project: Bernina 8 series feature quilt, fixing sewing machines, and running around to help everyone else (mostly me)
Highlight: Watching her multi-task by teaching everyone what to do on their projects and still managing to finish one beautiful quilt. Bernina for life!
a.k.a. Protest Princess
Project: Advocating for the rights of Wisconsin’s finest
Highlight: Receiving multiple texts with pictures from the protest in Madison, WI. The last one was by far the best. “on a coach bus with Corona for the ride back. You gotta love Wisc.” Amen!
Project: Leg warmers, bibs, burp cloths, pants, eye patch, embroidery, button holes
Highlight: Staying up later than everyone else, even Grandma, but didn’t have to change 4 diapers at 8am. (That is why there is not picture of me and an empty table. I was last one up both nights and the one behind the camera.)
I would say a pretty productive weekend. OK, I made it look like we have the nose to the grind getting some sewing done, but this weekend is really about family being together. I feel lucky to have a family that stresses the importance of keeping our relationships with each other strong. Most people my age don’t see their cousins or have the relationship that I get to have with mine. Even the out laws, yup I am talking to you Ericka and Sarah. I didn’t get to grow up with you and apologize for all the trauma that Suzie and I put your husbands through, but just when I think I can’t love you anymore I discover more awesome things about you. Sisters, a weekend to remember. These are the times that I look forward to. Mother, even though you have sticky fingers, I know you love me. Thanks for being sensitive when times were tough. Fav Cuz, sorry you had a cold. I’ll talk to Josh about not getting you liquid medicine again if you can convince him to move in with Brett so we can live out our dream and raise cats and chicks. Grandma, I will always remember the number 304! Aunt Marcia, Whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend must of not had knowledge of Berninas. All I cn say is thank you! All of my dearest family, I really enjoy bellying up to the sewing table surrounded by each one of you. Now all I need to do is get CJ to stop stealing my drink.