Sorry about the long break from posting, this is the first day at home I have had since I got back nearly 2 weeks ago. I have either been working or away again ever since, and coupled with the fact that we had no broadband at the shop for 10 days (!!) and then once that was fixed it went off at home, this is actually the first chance I have had to write about my adventure.
I am completely rubbish at taking photos at events so that one above is the only one you will see here, taken as everyone was packing up to go!
I thought instead I would show you all the stuff I made. Here is my gorgeous frame purse made at Katy's class on Saturday morning (a really informative, inspiring class - thanks Katy!).
And then there was all the FQ crew - so great to see them all in person! Each one a total delight.
And then I got the most amazing goody bag! I just wasn't expecting all that free stuff!!
Oh and here is the inside of my purse...
My afternoon class was with Lynne and the lovely Mandy assisted. Mandy has a wonderful calm, warm manner. Lynne is an excellent teacher, very precise and, of course, funny! I was having a go at paper piecing the Union Jack in Lark fabrics above.
I very kindly made a deliberate mistake on the top right-hand block just so Lynne could point out what NOT to do for everyone else - because that's the sort of pal I am ;)
The Sunday was much more relaxed. Both my classes were in the same place and I got to hang out with Fiona all day as she was sitting right behind me, filling me in when I didn't listen properly and lending me stuff.
First of all we did Freezer Paper Piecing with Kerry. I made that cute little pincushion above and learnt how to do perfect (ish) Y seams. You could tell Kerry was a teacher in real life, she was so confident and enthusiastic and was clearly having a great time. She also shared her scraps with us!
And then just as I was getting into the swing of it all it was over! It was so sad saying goodbye to all my new friends, but I know we will all meet again next year!
So here is a photo of the 2 raffle prizes I won (book and pattern), a sweet little mini quilt that Dolores made me, and all my sample swap goodies (minus the beautiful flower corsage that Mary gave me which is on a jacket that I left at work - sorry Mary!). The bag with the London map on was full of all these random things like batteries and magnets that came with a poem telling you how these things would help you through the weekend - very clever!
Phew, I have written much more than I intended, but I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU, to the whole FQ retreat team for putting on such a treat just for our benefit. I know it must have been a huge amount of work but it was so worth it as you made a load of people really happy.
You may remember that little secret that I spoke about before leaving for the retreat? Well Dolores (Deeroo Designs) had planned to come over to visit her daughter, Maria, in June and decided she could make one day at the retreat too. She told me and Mandy and Lynz but kept the whole thing secret from Marg. That was the secret and funnily enough the person most bothered about it, who tried again and again to guess it after I mentioned it on the blog, was Marg! I missed the great reveal on Friday night, but I hear Marg was pretty gobsmacked!
On the Wednesday after the retreat Dolores made it up to Edinburgh! Here she is with me in my shop. I got to spend a few hours with her, Maria, and Dolores's lovely husband Don, taking them around a very grey, rainy Edinburgh. It was a perfect way to round up the whole FQ retreat adventure!