Monday, June 04, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up

Well, I'm home. The weekend at the Fat Quarterly retreat is a blur of fabric and faces but I had such a fantastic time! I'm currently sitting in bed with a very large mug of coffee, surrounded by fabric and samples and lots of lovely goody bag stuff. And, of course, a couple of cats who are quite pleased to see me.




I took basically no pictures all weekend, and the ones I did take were on my iphone. But, thankfully, a lot of other people DID do the photo thing. Jude has already posted some of hers, and I know Kat, Leanne and Cindy all took some lovely ones too, so keep your eye out for those.


So, Sunday kicked off with Freezer Paper Piecing, with the lovely Kerry.




I was a little ambitious with this one, and went for a tiny 4" house block. There were a few moments where I thought I had bitten off slightly more than I could chew, but it came together in a round about way in the end.


You may notice the Liberty fabric in the background? It was in Kerry's class that I scored a little scrap bundle of Liberty.




The one pictured with the house pin cushion is a 30/70 cotton/silk mix, with such lovely bright colours. I might just pet this for a while before I do anything with it.


Photo by Kerry, @Verykerryberry on IG
I also found a couple of squares of their 100% silk chiffon fabric, one of which I promptly fashioned into a headband :-)


After lunch I took Portholes, with the insanely talented Lu. (Lu likes to act a bit street sometimes, and consequently I call her Lu-dogg. Mostly just in my head though.)


Her class was incredible, a really interesting technique that has so many different applications... Again I was waaaay out of my comfort zone with the flower one so it's not that great, but I really really enjoyed it!


I know I've already shown you, but here's a close up of my embroidery from Aneela's class... I'm insanely proud of it, because as you know, I don't hand sew.
 
 


The weekend was just brilliant. I enjoyed every single second of it. From the crazy hyped up Saturday morning mass of people, to the late night chit chats with Susan (who would talk non stop if we let her), it was all fabulous.


I will leave you with a picture of my girls, before I get a bit emotional ;-)


Left to right:

Terri, Jo, Sarah, Judith, Jude, Hadley, Susan, Jennie, Ceri, Fiona and Trudi. Missing from pic: Me!


Fat Quarterly Retreat June'12
Photo by Jude, Just Jude Designs on Flickr


36 comments:

  1. Yup. In bed with tea and one very happy cat... lol Next year - brit bee rent a house for a week...

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  2. Brilliant Retreat resume.
    Sounds like it was totally brilliant :0)
    xxxx

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  3. Glad I'm not the only one still in 'jamas!!
    I love your portholes blocks and your ever-so-cute pincushion! Have a lovely, relaxing day xx

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  4. Looks like you all had a fabulous time! Hugs

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  5. It was lovely to meet you on Saturday, you are as glamorous as you are talented :) keep up with the stitching!

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  6. That project 51 gets me every time. Great weekend indeed and I love all your makes.

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  7. so good to meet you! Looks like day 2 was fab :-D

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  8. Lovely to have met you Laura. Hope you are having a nice restful day after the hectic weekend. I was knackered yesterday and did absolutely nothing

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  9. Looks like you had a fab time! I'm determined to get there next year!

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  10. I expect everyone is moving slow, me included although I have breakfasted with Cindy and lunched with Katy who are both now on their way home too. I emailed you the picture with you in it too.

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  11. oh, sniff, sniff, more to see what I missed. I love seeing everyone's posts of the weekend. You know I will be there for sure next year!

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  12. Amazing embroidery LJ! It's an awfully long time to wait til next year isn't it! Jxo

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  13. Hehe, love your little house block- its really cute and def worth tearing your hair out a little. I was so jealous of you this morning when I woke up and still had to drive home, the motorway was a nightmare too! Hope your journey was a little easier.

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  14. I've stopped talking today. All I can do is sleep and the voice is just about gone anyway. A three day retreat would let you get a word in edgewise.

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  15. Sure looks like you hand sew now! Glad you ladies all had a fab weekend!

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  16. Sure looks like you hand sew now! Glad you ladies all had a fab weekend!

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  17. So glad to hear you had such a great time! I love those little birdies! =D

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  18. I love love love your headband! It sounds like you ladies had an amazing time, which is great news for me as I'm hoping that makes it more likely that it'll run again next year!

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  19. I love love love your headband! It sounds like you ladies had an amazing time, which is great news for me as I'm hoping that makes it more likely that it'll run again next year!

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  20. Ha ha. You are so right, she is totally 'Lu-dogg'.

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  21. Great work on the makes LJ ! Loved meeting you and your brother! So glad you brought him along!

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  22. It was an excellent weekend. Nice to have met you too. Liking your embroidery bird. Di x

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  23. Past tense, you didn't like to hand sew, but you do now! It was a blast- and then you have the chance to do it all in USA too!

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  24. I adore that hairband! thanks for sharing x

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  25. aw, nothing better than kitties who've missed you! glad you had a blast, loving that bottom liberty print too, great job on all your thingies! yay :D

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  26. It was great to meet you at the retreat. Your robins look great, I think I'm hooked on hand embroidery too!

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  27. Hello Missy, lovely to meet you, you were just as expected (that's a compliment!) Am loving your Robin work and the headscarf is inspired...see you next time, if not before! x

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  28. I'm in bed too, but mine is a fluffy dog not cat. And I'm 48 hours or so behind you.
    Was so lovely to meet you! Can't wait to go through my photos and make a few posts - when I've woken up a bit ;)

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  29. Glad to finally meet you at last! Glad you had a wonderful weekend. I'm still floating with a silly grin on my face :-)

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  30. It was so lovely to meet you. Love all the stuff you made, especially that headband! x

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  31. So, doing it all again next year then? :oD Got back to work today to find my PC had died, but they didn't let me go home again, meanies!

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  32. You are going to have to explain the daisy thing and the embroidery to me at SS :) looks like you had fun Miss. Lucky UK is so small.... We couldnt do that here as easily!

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  33. Not sure how I missed this post. Love the robins and your liberty headscarf is so cool!

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  34. so good to see you at the retreat only next time I want to get to spend more time with you. Glad we all at least managed to have lunch on the Friday.

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