I realised after my last post that I never shared the goodies I received with you, and some thanks are in order too, so that is what this post will be all about.
First of all, huge thank yous to the Fat Quarterly team - John, Katy, Brioni, Tacha and Lynne - for arranging the thing in the first place. It was fabulous and I can't wait to do it all again next year!
We each got a goodie bag on arrival, containing some fab bits and bobs, courtesy of the event's sponsors,
Appliqued and embroidered tea towel from Lucy, a needle book from Cara, pyramid pouch from Dolores and a sewing organiser doodad (I don't know what else to call it!) from Fiona. In return, they all got one of my little felt birdie brooches. I also took a few extra birdies, and managed to score some extras swaps - the lovely big red scrappy zippy pouch from Vicky, a cute leaf key ring from Jo and the little kokeshi pouch from Mandy. Thank you all so much ladies, it was fab swapping with you all!
I also need to send out a huge thanks to the very wonderful and funny Trashy, who arranged the sample swap - it was great to finally meet you!
Now, in amongst all this swapping there was actually a little bit of stitching going on too! I took two classes - on Saturday morning I did freezer paper piecing with Kerry. Kerry is absolutely lovely, a great teacher and I really enjoyed my class with her. I was handstitching my blocks so was a little slow, but I managed to produce the first, very simple hourglass block, and then got halfway through a slightly trickier spool block (with Y seams!) which I finished off at home.
I was very pleased with how they both turned out so I'm sure there will be some more freezer paper action going on soon (I have my eye on the teapot pattern that Kerry wrote for a past Fat Quarterly issue!) Thank you again Kerry, it was wonderful to meet you!
After lunch I took Aneela's embroidery class. Now, I have done embroidery before so this wasn't really about learning for me, but more about spending a couple of happy hours stitching with friends. Aneela is also very lovely, and she really explained everything very well, and I did learn a new stitch too - couching! We stitched up a little robin design and, although I think I need some more practice with the couching stitch, I still really love how cute it is!
Finally, in the late afternoon there was a raffle - which went on for ages, there were so many prizes!! We were all given a raffle ticket on arrival and I was lucky enough to win this lovely jelly roll!
I met some lovely ladies at the retreat, but there were plenty more that I never got a chance to talk to, so I'm already saving my pennies so that I can go for the whole weekend next year!