29 July, 2013

FQR Recap

I'm still recovering and getting on with unpacking my sewing stuff from Fat Quarterly Retreat 2013.

I met up with Hadley on Friday morning and shared a cab to Baden Powell house. We were a bit early so I sat and helped stitch a binding on a Siblings Together quilt. Our goodie bags were fab but I was so eager to unpack it all that i've forgotten to take a photo DOH !!!
The welcome talk from John and the team started us off and then we went straight into table top EPP. I managed a few shapes but unfortunately got the only iron that was dirty and typically it was white fabric lol....

In the evening it was much too hot so we sat up on the roof terrace and chatted, It was show and tell coupled with handing over our siblings quilts, I am going to write a seperate post about this, It really touched me and I do wish the FQ team had made more of it, I truly think if the quilters had heard the whole story, how kids love the quilts, how they have been split up etc etc that every single one of us would have promised to make a quilt for next year...anyway we did have a drink or two and I got lovely pressies from my roomie Cara a fun evening then progressed to the hotel bar and we definitely had a giggle or two... I think it's one of those you had to be there moments.

Saturday was my Trudi day the poor woman had to put up with me for a 3 hours FMQ session on the machines and then a table top in the afternoon, this was fun because we doodled, chatted and learn't some new shapes.

Saturday evening was swop evening, (must take a photo of my sample swops- post to follow) and we had sample swop, fugly swop, strip swop and fat quarter swop, I came away with some beauts and the strip swop is destined to be a scrappy trip around the world.
Quiz night was fun and my team came 2nd :( then quilt market followed, after hounding poor Alex for weeks on twitter he bought some long arm polyester Aurifil with him and I was tempted to buy one of each but bought 3 lovely reels. I sold some frixion pens and scissor holders at quilt market and luckily it stopped me buying more fabric.

Sunday morning dawned and it was time for Lynne @ Lilysquilts precision piecing, I was very careful what amount of alcohol was consumed on Saturday evening as I really didn't want to cut my finger off. I made the first block and wasn't 100% happy with the joins but when I got home, unpicked it and restitched a seam and it measures a perfect 12.5". Can't say the same for the drunkards path but it looks good enough and I'll fudge the seams when it comes to stiching it into something.

A quick goodbye from John and we were all leaving for home. A fab weekend of chatting, drinking with some sewing thrown in... :)

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  1. Glad you had a lovely FQR. You are right about Sibs Together - when I got home I sewed like a demon and now I am 1 seam away from a finished ST quilt top!

  2. Yes, you did have to be there Friday night! Great great fun x

  3. Ooh split the goss from Friday ;)

  4. can tell you had a great time, catching up on old friends and making new ones too no doubt. Will be good to see what you got in the swaps.

  5. Sounds great: I should go again next year!!
    Looking forward to your post on ST Quilts.
    What do you mean (exactly) by saying that the FQ team should've made more of it?


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