Friday, 26 July 2013

It's been a week...

......since I had a brilliant fabric filled weekend!!
You have probably had quite enough of FQ retreat posts, but I truly had an amazing, exhausting, educating and fun weekend!
I got to meet lots of people who I'd gotten to know through blogging, emails and Instagram and they were all so lovely! Like Liz, Jessie, Katy, Catrin and Gertie Pye who I was lucky enough to have a tea break with or a class or two!  And especially the Exeter contingent of MaryJoSusy and Emily!
I don't know how I could have been worried I'd be 'Billy no mates' as everyone was really friendly! Although it did feel like I knew people by their bags or handmade clothes and not their faces. Swap night was great as Flickr ID's were called out and that helped to put names to faces!
I came away with lots of fabric loot!
From Katy's scrap bundle that I had bought from IG, to Quilt Market Night purchases and some fq swaps!
Saturday started with me getting to know my fmq speed and I now feel optimistic about fmq after a morning in Trudi's class.
Her tips were brilliant, although I am under no illusion that I will ever be able to try feathers, but I love the line of e's & l's!!
Then it was on to an afternoon in Lu Summers class learning how to make portholes.
I know I should have ironed them! This was a brilliant class and such a great technique to learn, as it can be transferred to most shapes. These are destined to be a large cushion, if I ever get back behind the sewing machine this summer.

Sunday was Needleturn Appliqué with Mandy and we got to see her stunning Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt from Amitie, that I have been lusting after on IG.
It is all hand pieced and all the fabrics just work beautifully together! She was using it as our tablecloth so I couldn't smuggle it out!!!
I managed to get this flower made and am definitely looking forward to having a go at more. It could be a great holiday project.
And then it was a quick goodbye and it was all over.....
So, all in all it was a fantastic, quick weekend and I really can't wait till next year.


  1. It was lovely to meet you and have a good chinwag! It was a v fun weekend and has re-ignited my sewing mojo. Shame my computer is broken so I can't blog about it! Hopefully by the time it is fixed my portholes / improv quilt top will be done so I will have something FQR related to show!

  2. So what is your fmq speed then Joanne? Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow :)

  3. I love those pink portholes - my big girl would adore them!

  4. You did some great Workshops. That's funny, i had Four totally different onces. What a great weekend :-)

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  6. I still can't believe how you tortured me with that bag AND are so nice!

  7. Well really, I think if you'd truly put your mind to it, you could have stolen that quilt. I'm sure others would have helped in exchange for a 'turn' for a few months ;o)

  8. Great to meet you, must do it again...

  9. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!


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