A Wondeful Weeekend

This weekend was my fist experience of the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London. It’s safe to say it blew my socks off!

I met so many lovely people all with the same addiction….. I think it’s fair to say there wasn’t a shortage of things to talk about, not to mention all the handmade bags and clothes to marvel at.

It was great putting faces to some of the people I’ve interacted with on blogs and instagram. There was a such a great buzz of excitement as everyone got to know each other.

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The weekend started nice and easy on Friday afternoon learning how to make Bag Charms – I made this for my daughter Ellen. It was a very relaxed session and fun to sew and chat to the others around the table.

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Saturday morning I had a lesson in fabric choosing in Kerry’s fantasy fabric store session. So much useful information about putting together colours, tones and patterns. Here we are drooling over a table of gorgeousness!

20130723-130500.jpgSaturday afternoon was my first encounter with a sewing machine in Lu Summer’s Portholes class. I totally loved it, its such a simple but effective technique, which once learned I could have carried on all day making them. 3 hours just wasn’t enough!

20130723-130721.jpgFriday and Saturday evenings were spent on the terrace eating and drinking and socialising and buying fabric and other goodies during our market evening.

20130723-130804.jpgSunday morning – the tiredness was kicking in. My final workshop was making a flexi pouch. I’d already got in a bit of a flap getting all the cutting done for this class, so I was hoping that the rest of it would be a breeze. Lets just say Tacha was very kind and patient with me. I did have flash backs from school; trying to finish my maths when everyone else had packed up and gone out to play. I think there were a lot of experienced sewers in this class because most people were finished half an hour before the end. My finished pouch is pretty nice really, the blocks aren’t as they were supposed to be but I’m glad it turned out usable at least!

20130723-130855.jpgThen there was nothing else to do but say good bye to all our new friends. Mary, Emily, Susy and I headed for the train laden with bags and sewing machines for the journey home. Emily was a total star driving us all the way up and back (Thank you Emily!). I’m also very happy to have got to know these girls better and look forward to some more sewing and socialising with them soon!

20130723-130953.jpgNow the summer holidays are nearly upon us and I’m not sure how much sewing I will get done. I did get a nice one to one session on how to do English Paper Piecing from a lady from New Zealand called Susan. She was lovely and gave me a whole pile of cardboard hexagons so I could carry on – I will probably be packing these along with all the camping clobber when we head off to Cornwall.

Oh, I almost forgot. Mary surprised me when we arrived on Friday with this fab name tag. I felt quite reluctant to take it off at the end.

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