Here’s the second installment of my trip to Fat Quarterly Retreat. In fairness it seems a bit daft to call it retreat as it was anything but relaxing! Don’t get me wrong, it was fabulous, but totally exhausting. I could happily sleep for a week or two. Anyway, back to the run down.
Day one – First up – Hand quilting with Jen Kingwell. I was so excited about the prospect of meeting Jen as she is one of my biggest quilting idols! Unfortunately I missed over an hour of this class due to transport delays and was so hot and bothered by the time arrived that I didn’t actually get to do much hand quilting. Fortunately for me I was lucky enough to have another class with Jen on the Saturday so a major tantrum was unnecessary 😉 No photos to show for this class.
Second class – Embroidery with Jo Avery – it was fantastic to finally meet Jo! We have known each other online for many years thanks to Flickr in the good old days when it was actually a thriving community. Jo was very patient and encouraging which was particularly helpful as our class was fairly high maintenance 😉 This is as much as I managed to sew in class…
I predict this being finished some time in the next decade 🙂
Day 2 First class – Screen Printing with Karen Lewis – I was ridiculously excited about meeting Karen as we have been in constant email contact since a Flickr swap in 2010. Karen is even more fabulous in real life! Despite Karen’s best efforts I am not a natural screen-printer, I’m blaming it on the early morning and vertigo. While the rest of my class mates churned out numerous perfect pieces I managed 2 semi-decent prints and gave it up as a bad job. Check out this post on Karen’s blog to see what the other members of the group created 🙂
Second class – Green Tea and Sweet Beans with Jen Kingwell – Jen is an amazing teacher! Her down-to-earth style is right up my street. It was an absolute privilege to witness a master at work. Jen was very generous with her expertise and we were all rapt.
I didn’t get a great deal accomplished in class as I was too busy ogling Jen’s quilts! Here’s my sad effort…
…I do love it. I’ve promised myself I’ll finish this quilt before I turn 60 😉 Here’s Jen’s original!
It’s impossible to convey just how beautiful this is in real life but I did take a few close-ups to try and give you a better idea 🙂
Check out the tiny hand quilting stitches!
After all that excitement I was pretty much done in so I gave the Sunday classes a miss. The weekend was truly inspirational and I can’t wait to have the energy to get creative again! I’m sure there are plenty of other things I should be telling you here but frankly I’ve run out steam. I am going to leave you with a giveaway! I’ve decided to share these lovely freebies with someone who didn’t attend retreat.
For a chance to win these lovely goodies just leave the comment NOT AT RETREAT. I will draw a winner by random number generator if there are lots of you (or out of a hat if there a handful of you) on Saturday 26th July around 12 midday (BST). Catch you soon x