Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Because I'm not here . . .

Because I am here Untitled There is no sewing other than this to report Untitled However there is a little guest post by me here. where I interviewed Lu Summers for my local lovely quilt shop.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sunday afternoon sewing

This afternoon I sat down with these supplies:

Fabrics chosen for zippy pouches for Granny's birthday present. Hope I can remember how to make them!

and turned them into these:

Zippy pouches

PInk & White zippy pouch 2

Pink & White zippy pouch 1

So satisfying to have a finished project at the end of an afternoon's sewing and just in time to send off to my Granny for her birthday this week.

Zippy pouches

Monday, 4 June 2012

Fat Quarterly Community Retreat

FQ Quilt

It's almost impossible to put this weekend into words (or at least a blog post that won't be so long that everyone nods off).  So I'm going to try and keep it short and show you what I made and tell you what my favourite thing from the weekend was.  All my photos from the weekend  (including my "fan pics"!) are here on Flickr if you want to see more.

I took some brilliant classes and came home with lots and lots of ideas for what I want to sew next.
Frame Purse
Frame Purses with Katy aka I'm a Ginger Monkey 

Spool block with my first Y-seams @verykerryberry class at FQ Retreat
Freezer Paper Piecing with Kerry aka Very Kerry Berry
Polar bear porthole from class with @lusummers
Portholes with Lu aka the Summersville (Somerfield) Girl

Wonky Log Cabin Block
Wonky Log Cabins with John aka Quilt Dad

I had no idea what to expect from the weekend. But in a word it was amazing.  The best thing about the weekend for me was undoubtedly meeting so many lovely bloggers, Flickr peeps and sewing folk in real life.  Everyone was so lovely so I'm not going to mention anyone in particular except my lovely roommate Justine.  Justine was one of my first bee, blogging and tweeting friends and it was so much fun to share a room with her (& the gorgeous Hunter).  My husband still didn't quite believe that I was going to London to spend a weekend with people I have never met and to share a room with "a girl I met off the internet".  So thank you Justine for such a fun weekend, for my lovely sewing pouch and thank you also from my husband for not being some crazy rotary cutter wielding maniac!

Look what my lovely roomie @sewjustinesew just gave me eek!

Thank you so much to all the Fat Quarterly crew for such a fantastic weekend and thank you to all the people I met who were so funny, welcoming and inclusive.  When I started blogging 2 years ago it was just little old me posting and reading my own posts.  Until I joined a Bee I had no idea that this huge online UK (& further afield of course) community existed.  I could never have predicted when I first started blogging that such a weekend would happen and that I would go, love every minute and cry my eyes out when it was over as I walked from the hotel to the tube.  When it was announced I wondered how the "community" bit of the Fat Quarterly Community Retreat would work.  After this weekend I know how - it's a place where everyone, no matter where you are from, what age you are, what your favourite fabric is, can be part of.  It's a community that I am happy and proud to belong to.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Yes I am still here!

I haven't blogged for a long time and unfortunately I haven't sewed in quite a while either.  So this post is simply my better late than never link up post for the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London.

I have been scanning through all the lovely posts this morning and there are lots of pictures of all the preparation that has been going on and the lovely things people have made for sample swap, gorgeous name tags and handmade pouches.  I have no such photos to show you.  My preparation started at 9pm last night, involved a glass of wine, a list and a lot of tweeting.

FQ Retreat prep

I am 30, live in Bath and when I'm not quilting I am a solicitor!   I started quilting when I finished studying 3 years ago as I didn't know what to do with my free time.  It has been pointed out to me that there are no photos of me anywhere on here and in fact even my name isn't on this blog. Sorry to disappoint but I am not a secret quilting celebrity!   As I don't have a name tag for the weekend I suppose I had better tell you my name and post a photo or people may think I just wondered in off the street to the Retreat by accident.

So here I am


Ok my train leaves in half an hour so I need to go!  I will be tweeting @scissorsandthread and posting pictures on Instagram @scissorsandthread  See you in London!