My first class on Saturday morning was Freezer paper-piecing with the mega-talented Kerry. Looking at the examples she had bought with her, confirmed her position up there on Top of the PoPS (Piecer of Paper Sewist).
My head was so buzzing, I plumped for the easiest block first, under the naivety that I would be able to go at my normal pace and whiz through all the pin cushion patterns.
I now know better.
|Look, the back says 'Green's' 'cause I made it in Mrs Green's class!!!|
When the patterns come out in the Fat Quarterly Retreat edition, I will be making the little house straight away.
Saturday afternoon was spent embroidering - it was calm, relaxing and the perfect antidote to the manic hours before. Aneela is not really evil, she is amazing, and her enthusiasm is infectious - I think I see a lot of little embroidered pieces in my future, especially very near-future as, until my arm heals, I think this is going to keep me sane.
|Too excited - I haven't even got the water-soluble pen off yet!|
Sunday started bright and early with Lynne's paper-piecing class. From the minute I heard about Retreat, and knew it coincided with Jubilee, I knew I wanted to make a Union Jack. Heck, I reckon the Jubilee was a big old publicity stunt and fuel for Mrs G's flag fetish!
I pulled some of my favourite and hoarded fabrics for this one. Again, somehow time ran away with me and I only managed 2 quarter pieces in the 3 hours, but I learnt a lot more; (fold the next seam line and cut the seam allowance first to match the next piece - doh - brilliant!), and it was the good laugh I was expecting.
So yesterday I finished my cushion!! OK this is a cushion that is actually a pillow, but don't get me started...
I absolutely love it - it makes me so happy, and although I finished it at home, I had Twitter rolling up on my laptop at the same time, just so I was, in effect, still in the company of the Fat Quarterly crew, perfect.
Last but never least, on Sunday afternoon I made my first frame purse. First, because I ordered some glue off eBay as soon as I got home, I already have more frames, I have fabric, I now have inspiration!
Despite fears that the weight of all my wealth would part the fabric from the frame in an instant, I think I will be proudly carrying my 56p around in this beauty forever...
Katy's class was brilliant, it was the shortest session I did, but I could have happily made frame purses with her and the lovely people I spent that time with for a whole weekend... maybe the glue has affected my judgement, but I doubt it!
I know we could only do four sessions, and I was so lucky to get the 4 I really really wanted to do, thank you so much ladies, but I would have loved to have done all the other sessions too. I know I am definitely going to be pestering Lu for Porthole advice, as the samples everyone made were so amazing I want to make some too.
So there you go - that's what I made - things I will look at forever and think of all the fun, amazing and talented people I made them with. Sentimental, moi? Oh yes, and I think these are the most perfect souvenirs of my weekend away.
Speaking of souvenirs, tomorrow I will show you all the other goodies that made their way home with me - I am feeling very lucky indeed.