Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Back from fat quarterly retreat

So much happened, so many new friends. Those who were there know what went on and those who didn't go, perhaps would get bored by a post that's too long, so I'll try and keep it to the point.

This is how I will be remembered from the weekend. Thanks Teresa. Team Windsor who won the pub quiz without the help from those on the back row, were also victorious in the Iron Man challenge, more later.

Photo courtesy of Lindakl - with the lovely long legs in the front of the photo

On Friday night a group of us met in the lobby of the Radisson and went on the Tube to Tikki Patchwork in Kew where we had scummy sausage rolls, Pimms and fabric. A good chance to get to know a few of the ladies as I only knew Wendy who was a Saturday only retreater.

Trashalou of Scary Mary fame organised a fun sample swap. I ended up with more than four items as I had spares. I swapped with Amy, Diane, Lizzie, Pennie, Helen and  Patchwork Queen. I loved all the items and am pleased to have the lunch bag as the Ayumi pattern is one I wanted to try but it's been done for me.

These are all my freebies and other swaps. from left to right - ugly fabric swap, Liberty bag from the Liberty lady, jelly rolls for winning the iron man challenge and the other was for the Jelly roll race but I had 5 1/2 hours of classes on Sunday so it got put on the back burner but John kindly said we could keep the jelly rolls, miscellaneous haby, petit four of Kate Spain fabric, London fabric and Oakshot fabric from the goody bag when we arrived, Liberty packet of fabric when we were watching Lizzie and Diane do a mini  necklace demo, fat quarter swaps, I almost forgot the Aurifil thread in the goody bag, CD of the 2010 issues of Fat Quarterly which I must load on my ipad today and last but not least I took the leftover owls fabric from our Iron Man challenge.


My purchase over the three days, not including the Tilda, real Simple and Martha Stewart magazines.
* Fluffy Sheep delivered the Michael Miller clock fabric to my hotel for me to match some fabrics from Tikki to make the popular 241 bag.
* Incoco nails from Selfridges - lady recognised me from our visit in October.
* glasses for Chris
* Tape and summersville charm packs from Lu.
* Joelberry chevrons, alphabet ribbon and linen from Tikki.
Quite restrained really.

Here's what I made in class:
Quarter of a union jack with Lynne - annoyed that's all I achieved in three hours apart from another quarter which is half made.
Port hole sample with class with Lu whom we are inviting to come to teach in Jersey in 2013.
Pouch made with Claudia - once again i wasn't listening due in part to the background noise in the main hall. And I'm sticking to that excuse!! However Claudia gave me pointers for future zipped projects.
The fourth class was the Designers Challenge and I plan to make some blocks from my sketches but not this week.

The weekend ended with ten of us going out to dinner and chatting some more and looking forward to the next event. The sponsors were very generous with the products given away in the draw and the goody bags which include Aurifil, Moda, Robert Kaufmann, Pfaff and Oakshott.

Plans for this week are to finish the Union Jack cushion and make the 241 bag.


Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I am so happy we met and hope to meet again!! Thank you for my pin cushion swap - just realized I haven't taken a photo and included that in my post!! Still mentally recovering from it all and am sad it ended. Looking forward to next year :) Amy

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Well if Lu's coming over, maybe I should come over with her!

Flying Blind... said...

Summed up nicely!

Leanne said...

I was so much fun, nice to meet you in person and I hope to see you next year too!

Katy said...

it was a real treat meeting you - thank you for coming and making the retreat such a great weekend, especially those hilarious masks!

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

Hey I thought I managed to stay out of the photo there at the Tikki shop, but apparently not ;) See you next year!

HillyFilly said...

Thanks for having me in your posse... One is very pleased with our team .... Fun times... Looking forward to next year already...

Tracey said...

Lovely to meet you fellow Windsor!

Liz DandeliondD said...

Great round up and I love your pics, especially of the swaps.

Can't wait to see your finished Union Jack - great fabric choices.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Loved meeting you Sue! Hope to see you next year!! I think I've got to get myself some of those nails!!!!

Di said...

It was certainly a good time had by all! Di x

ScissorsandThread said...

It was such a fab weekend wasn't it? I am really enjoying catching up reading everyone else's posts about it.