With Fall comes the pitter patter of little feet… presser feet that is! After a long beautiful summer the days start to get rainy in Southeast Alaska and that is when my friends and I pull out our sewing machines and start quilting. We have these wonderful quilt retreats out at a remote waterfront lodge and spend a long weekend quilting, eating yummy food, getting mani/pedis and just having fun. I love to bring my oils because you won’t believe how handy they are when quilting!
First I like to whip up a batch of the best (and most frugal) pressing spray I’ve ever used. My good friend Margie Kraft of RainBird Quilting shared the recipe and of course, I had to add some lavender! I love the scent and it makes pressing easier and more pleasant. Now if you get to close to the steam, add a drop of Lavender topically to help soothe and comfort tender skin!
It isn’t all sewing and fun at quilt retreats. Three days of sewing is bound to have someone asking me to bring my oils out
• Frustrated by all that geometry? A drop or two of Grounding Blend* inhaled works wonders.
• Find a stain on your quilt? Grab your Lemon and soap and wash it out.
• Sore shoulders from hunching over the sewing machine? * applied to the shoulders and rubbed in feels so nice.
• Realized you forgot to read the last line of the pattern sewed 130 blocks you didn’t need and feel tension creeping up your neck and head? Pull out the Tension Blend* and a quick swipe will help ease.
• Dry skin from hand quilting or binding? Massage Fractionated Coconut Oil and Wild Orange on your hands.
• Naughty quilter feeling a little under the weather but couldn’t bring herself to stay home? Diffuse some Protective Blend*
• Struggle sleeping in a strange bed? A drop of Lavender on the bottom of your feet and wrists, helps with deep restorative sleep.
• Roommate a loud sleeper? Diffuse some Eucalyptus or Respiratory Blend*
Hope these tips help you enjoy your quilting and crafty moments! Do you have any tips to share too? Please do. I’d share some photos of quilt retreat, but what happens at quilt retreat… stays at quilt retreat so I’ll put a couple of my quilts at the bottom. Now I’m off to cut some strips and prepare for that quilt retreat!
*Blends mentioned are commerical blends. Visit here for more info: Generic Names for Commercial Blends
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PS: Yes my hair was really that short five years ago.