The first Annual Beach Cities Retreat was a huge success!  Thank you so very much to each and every person who participated and contributed immensely to its success.  Thank you to the AAA Sewing Staff for all your help!  Thank you for bringing us cherished memories that will endure forever.

The retreat brought all levels of sewists together in the spirit of enjoyment, camaraderie and fun!  There were new techniques introduced, and projects comprising of sewing a handbag, top of the line machine embroidery, serging an apron and 10-needle embroidery.  All projects were able to be completed in class and the pictures have been posted on our Facebook page – AAA Sewing & Fabric.

Everything was furnished for this memorable event.  Top of the line machines were provided for the retreatees to utilize.  The guest hosts, Debi Kuennen-Baker, R. Larry Touchette, who are Baby Lock Educators, were present to teach classes, answer questions, give advice and provide excellent assistance for the attendees.  Not only were the hosts hilarious and delightful, but also thoroughly knowledgeable.

Kits and all necessary supplies were also provided.  Delicious, hot meals were catered from Hot N’ Tot Restaurant for breakfast, Olive Garden and Panda Express for the lunches.  The dining area was constructed in an elegant tent and meals were served buffet style.  There was a plethora of incredible door prizes and giveaways, including 4 Baby Lock BL9 machines!  Among the excitement, there was a multitude of new products in the vendor store, a trunk show from Lunch Box Quilts and numerous demos on the new Baby Lock Triumph serger and the latest version of Brother’s Scan N’ Cut 650 WX.  On Tuesday, at 5:00 pm, the retreatees attended a reception in the dining area, where refreshments and fresh hors d’oeuvres were served.

The sewists were in high spirits during the retreat and smiles were abound.  Their feedback and comments were extremely positive and all were in anticipation for next year’s retreat.  (You may view their comments on our Facebook page – AAA Sewing & Fabric.)  Again, a VERY special thank you to all those who participated in this event and undoubtedly, next year’s retreat will by far surpass this one!

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