Oh wow, the past week has been hectic. Prepping for Fat Quarterly Retreat, making a last minute dress and my nieces birthday present, then the FQR weekend. Now it's Tuesday and I'm back at home lets have a recap.
**this has turned out to be quite a long post, so grab yourself a cuppa **
Unfortunately I didn't take any photographs of FQR itself (and no Instagram photos of classes), so I was been busy in the garden yesterday morning with the camera. You can go to the FQR Flickr page where there are tons of photos popping up.
I didn't show you the final photo of the totes I made for the swaps did I? My small series of blog posts came to an abrupt end - whoops! - but they were finished on time by the Saturday.
|FQR swap totes|
Then I made another tote and pencil roll (which I forgot to photograph in the rush of getting to the post office before it shut) for my nieces birthday. Because she loves drawing - hence the pencil roll - I included a 'grown up' sketch book and another sketch book that I'd had her name printed onto the cover. Apparently the present got a "cool" which is praise indeed from a nine year old!
|E's tote in the sunshine|
The final make was to finish a dress to wear at the weekend, but again no photo (can you tell that by Wednesday last week I was rather panic-stricken?) next time I wear it I'll get a photo, I promise. Then I was onto class prep, before travelling to London on Friday morning with Ange and Kerry.
So, Fat Quarterly Retreat, how was it? GREAT! Admittedly, because of me being being extremely shy I didn't put myself out there and meet as many people as I would like....but wait till next year, now I know what to expect, you have been warned!!!! Even being the shy quiet type, I still met loads of lovely new people, keep reading....
EPP I can do - check
Machine curves I can do - check
EPP Curves never ever attempted - hmmm
|I didn't get very far!|
Can I just say that Friday afternoon was HOT, so my sweaty fingers teamed with nervous energy didn't get me very far. The yellow middle piece is such a mess, the paper points seem to have disintegrated. I'm going to start this project again using slightly thicker paper, it will be a good little project to take on holiday.
Quite a lot of time was spent on the roof terrace, chatting, mingling, drinking. In fact I missed most of the Siblings Together quilts because I was having a right good natter and checking into the hotel. Want to see the room?
I was sharing a room with Sonia, it was so good to finally meet her. We swapped presents, this is what she got me.
|mini charms and teapigs!|
I gave her a can of starch and a pack of ear-plugs (according to J, my hay-fever is making me snore!), I think I owe her, don't you?
Saturday consisted of more classes and chat.
Starting with Fantasy Fabric Store with Kerry, and fabric supplied by Annie. For someone like me who almost exclusively shops online it was fantastic to see and feel a huge colour wheel of FQ's - I wish I'd taken a photo.
I loved this class, I forced myself to make a bundle that was out of my comfort zone - more than three colours, numerous patterns and ranges.
|my out of comfort zone bundle|
I managed it, albeit its still a bundle of all geometrics with white running all the way through. I haven't got a clue what I'll make with this little lot yet.
This was the start of a slippery slope. My first purchase, you could order the bundles you made for Annie to bring Saturday evening to Quilt Market, so hard to resist.
Saturday afternoon was Photography with Judith, another great class. Ridiculously I took no photos in a photography class, I just fiddled with the camera and came away learning two very important things:
-Make friends with my camera's instruction book.
-Infuriatingly my husband is right, I need to tinker with my images before I post them.
Marit did take a couple of photos of me to test the ISO settings, amazing how different I looked with just the flick of a switch.
Saturday evening was swap time on the terrace, followed by Quilt Market - SHOPPING! My sample swap group consisted of Dianne (a lovely pencil holder along with the grooviest pencils ever), Ann (the sweetest prettiest bunting "Happy Days") and Katie (a sandwich wrap, which will come in very handy for picnics this summer wrapped in a FQ of Amy Butler).
As for Quilt Market, overall I think I was rather restrained.
-Katy and Lu's books
-Handprinted fabric from Leanne
-My out of comfort zone bundle from Annie (plus a few FQ's I'd pre-ordered).
This is all the fabricy goodness from the very generous Goody Bag, swaps, gifts and my new acquisitions.
Lynne's Precision Piecing class on sunday morning was the biggy for me. I have spent hours trying to sort out my 1/4" seam, I won't bore you with all the details but whatever I do the block always comes out on the small side. I didn't get very far with my block, there was lots of unpicking and trying 'this and that'. Catherine (Sewonderfulife) and Amanda (Metro Quilter) were sitting closest to me and they did endure my mini tantrums, thanks for putting up with me ladies. By the end I had it sussed - Phew!
I spent quite a lot of time yesterday hunting out people who I had met and had classes with, it was so lovely to meet this bunch of ladies over the weekend Sonia, Lisa, Susan, Marit, Mollie and Rachael there are so many, many more sorry if I've missed you out.
There was also a contingent from my bee circle I've since found out but unfortunately didn't track anyone down. Its funny you know people from their blog or flickr name but haven't a clue of their real names, it turns out that I spent time with and even sat next to Rachael at dinner not realising that we were in the same bee, its even her block this month!
Cannot wait until next year - Thank you Fat Quarterly