FQR London 2013

Less than 3 weeks to go to this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat… Yikes!

As I do all my sewing by hand, I didn’t have a problem this year with classes (last I only had 2 classes over the whole weekend!). I will be doing the following classes:

  • Embroidery with John
  • Fantasy Fabric Shop with Kerry
  • Trapunto
  • Cathedral Windows

I have always wanted to try doing the last two, but have shied away from doing it on my own.

For those who were at last year’s FQR and saw me doing some hand quilting, I will be bringing my bound blue monster to this year’s FQR. Alas, she still needs a label ūüė¶


For the quiet times between classes, I hope to be working on a current project that has just reached the half-way stage in the piecing.



FQ Retreat Day 2….

I am sitting in my hotel room writing this before I go to dinner with some really lovely ladies I have met over the weekend. I would like to thank Sue (aka libertyjsy on flickr) for organising the Radisson group’s jaunt to Tikki on Friday evening. It was great to put faces to some of the blogs I follow.

But my biggest thanks goes to the FQ team: Katy, John, Brioni, Lynne & Tacha, for organising such a fabulous weekend. It was lovely to meet you, and even take some classes with some of you.

As I promised, I managed to collar Hadley to show her the real, in-the-flesh, Diamonds in the Sky (aka my blue monster).

The only  class I had today was the Designer  Challenge. I find that I sometimes struggle with designing my quilts and putting some of the lovely big, bold prints I love (ie Kaffe Fasset prints). This class was fun. Just taking 10-15 minutes to sketch/doodle a design or playing with fabrics helps from gtting too overwhelmed.

This is the Designer Challenge class from this afternoon.¬† John & Katy ‘taught’ the class this morning. I left 2 of the designs I did, but I have little expectation of them being featured any time soon in FQ magazine. I have kept one as I have plans to use it for a quilt (and maybe I will send a piccie when I have the top done to the FQ team!).

Whilst I was spending my free time quilting my lovely blue monster, there was another class going on in the main hall. Portholes with Lucie Summers (creater of the new Summersville fabric line).

FQ Retreat Day 1…..

I only had one class today…. English Paper Piecing with Tacha (& Brioni). But for some (including me) got distracted by this…

Katy & her gorgeous teddy bears.

Some of us even fell in love with those teddies…. Brioni (pink top) particularly!

I did try to make some progess on quilting my lovely blue monster, but heck, I am here to have fun too!

Finally, London….

Finally made it to the hotel (Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt on Cromwell Road, Kensington) just after 3pm. Perfect timing, as I had left Loughbrough at 11:30 this morning, for a 1 1/2 hour or so train journey and 30 mins on the tube. It’s not easy trying to manhandle a laptop bag (long shoulder strap had broken!), small wheelie suitcase and a holdall on the underground, but manage I did.

In a few minutes, I will be meeting some of my fellow FQ Retreaters for a trip to Tikki, a quilting shop in Kew, not that far from the famous Kew Botanical Gardens.

I hope to post some photos over the weekend, and I hope to grab one or two of my quilty blog friends for a quick interview.


You asked for this…..

Liz Dandelion asked for this….. One clue: I’s sitting bottom left.

I haven’t much changed in the 5 years(!) since this picture was taken in Crete, though my hair is longer.

1 week to go…

Fat Quarterly
Yay! Only 1 week to go till I am with my fellow quilty friends in London.
Lynne @LilysQuilts, who is hosting the lnky party over the FQ blog, posted¬† a photo of herself on her blog…. Well! Not me! I just don’t like having my photo taken; I can just about stand having it taken for passports and work ID badges.
I have been doing patchwork/quilting since the late ’90s, but ended up on hiatus due to a full time job at a local city council. But due to issues at work last year, I was at home for nearly a month and was looking for something to do that I could put down & pick up without losing my place, unlike knitting or cross-stitch. And over the lasat year I have completed 3 unfinished tops: one of which is now a completed quilt, another is being quilted and one waiting to be quilted.
What you don’t know about, unless you dig around in the older posts, is that although I do have a sewing machine (a basic Toyota machine that cost me ¬£20 from Argos!) I piece, quilt & bind¬† by hand.¬† I can’t really explain why I do it, but I really enjoy the slowness of it.¬† I am self-taught from books & magazines regarding the quilting/binding bit,¬† but EPP (English Paper Piecing) is not that hard to do.
I will be bringing Autumn Waterfall & Diamonds in the Sky for show and tell.

Here I come…..

I took the plunge after a bit of thinking…. and booked a room in the same hotel as some of my quilty friends.

I hope to take Diamonds in the Sky for those who have followed the naming saga about that quilt.