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Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014 Part 1 – Friday – Very very photo heavy

Well I am so late to the party, I think everyone is either asleep on the sofa or swimming in the fountain! Anyho, here are some lovely tidbits, of which I haven’t included all the photos but my favorites.

For the best I have split my Fat Quarterly Retreat into two parts, as I took a million photo’s on Friday and then yeah almost nothing for the rest, mainly because I was focusing so much on the classes, so sit back enjoy my really bad narrative and equally bad photo’s lol!

On Friday we got Michael up to drop us of for the first plane out for the day from the IOM, the sun was shinning and it was getting quite hot, and we were both very very excited!

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Touched down and managed to get onto the first train to get to our hotel, and I couldn’t help but take quite a few photo’s of the Tate and Lyle factory!

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Obligatory selfie on a train

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How amazing are these archways with the paintings/drawings behind?

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We got to our hotel booked in and meet up with Sue, to go shopping!! Cue more trains!

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Amazing shop windows

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I’ve been drooling over so much online for Anthropologie so actually going into the shop was amazing. I wanted it all, in the end I came out with one amazing fish door nob (in my wishlist). They also had some lovely quilting inspiration in the flooring and patterns.

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One day these mushroom dishes will be mine! If I wasn’t worried they might get broken in the traveling they would be already.

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AND THEN ONTO LIBERTY! To be honest it’s only recently that I’ve gotten into liberty and after having a proper walk around the store I could see myself buying so so much of the stuff. Thankfully I’m currently in the mindset of only buying fabric I really have a plan for, so I bought two different fabrics which I will show at a later date!

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The flowers outside the shop made me want to instantly buy a house around the corner and then buy flowers everyday to fill it!

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I wanted this suitcase so so so much

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One of the two colours I bought! Super swoon!

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My favourite photo of the whole weekend lol! Corrine got super excited about getting some Tula Pink, she didn’t get any liberty only because we were very overwhelmed and thought it was awful we couldn’t buy any FQ of the fabric!

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Then we found out the time and had to skip it to get back in time for the start! We stopped of at Muriel’s Kitchen, for a very expensive lunch! I had a lovely chicken escalope with some salad and a brownie which I never got around to eating lol.

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Then to the start of Fat Quarterly Retreat yay! A quick hello all around.

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And onto my first class which was paper piercing, I was hoping to learn something new in this class, but turns out I have been doing paper piercing right all along lol! Which is always a plus point, so I spent the time getting used to the machine, which was lovely might have to upgrade my £99 special lol.

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Cue a massive power cut half way through the class, turns out it was for half the street, but when you go down for a cuppa and a natter, and you see water pouring out of the ceiling and people looking very worried, makes you wonder and makes for a strange day yes?

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And then onto my finished item YAY! managed to make one bag (mines the grey and purple one with the very pink heart) I was very happy to finish and I learned a lovely tip about making box bags which more than made up for not learning anything new in the class!

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After class Sue and Sue and a couple of other people who I feel God awful about the fact I can remember their names (SORRY!!!) invited us to dinner at a cute Italian place called ASK. The food was lovely and the conversation was amazingly good too, I loved every minute of it!

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Then it was back to sew up some quilt tops for the Siblings Together initiative. For a first timer I felt very over my head, the competition side of it was amazing, and it was lovely to be included in such a good deserving charity action.

Onto the last photo’s of the day which were the amazing sunset seen from the terrace!

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And that’s it for the Friday, loads of photo’s of nothing really. It was a lovely busy day and we didn’t get to bed till some randomly late time due to it being so hot, so so so hot!

More of me

So these last couple of weeks, month’s golly probably years I’ve been trying to find somewhere that feels like me but online. I’ve wanted to have somewhere where I can track everything and look back and go wow did I really do that. These last couple of weeks have really brought this to the forefront of my mind, and soon I will be going on my own in the world and I will have my first ever home, somewhere which is just mine (and the other half’s lol, but the decorating is all mine!) and well I want to track it, I want to look back and know that however scared I am everything turned out ok in the end.

So why am I writing this here, well I was just going to keep this as a “craft” blog and even then it mainly stayed as a “fabric” blog, so I am morphing this place more into me, more into somewhere I can write my feelings while also showing my newest crafty item, or something cute I’ve just bought.

So let the journey begin!

Finally getting there and a birthday card

What your looking at here (apart from the messy parts and the dirty mirror) is my crafting space, which for a whole lotta reasons is in the bedroom where we are staying. Straight across from this is my wardrobe, which I love to bits and both of these are right next to the bed, once I’m happy with everything I’ll post some photos. It’s not the best of spaces but untill we buy our own home its perfect for now.

So why am I showing you a rather weird photo of part of a messy room, well as I have a desk now and a suitable area I can once again get creative and I’m so excited to get started. Currently at the moment I’ve made a start on a swoon quilt block and I’m starting to get back into the swing of Project Life. With all the trouble last year with dad I just didn’t have the heart or the mentality to get ahead and do it and I’ve been procrastinating this year and well its Michael’s 30th today and I thought if there was a day to start it would be today. Looking forward to putting my progress on here.

So onto his card, I went with something nice and easy and bike related and as I haven’t created anything paper formed for over a year and a half I just wanted to settle into it. Very very proud though :). The bike stamp is by far one of my most used stamps, I’m forever using it on stuff!

So that’s it for now, just a quick update, if anyone has any other ideas on how to sort stuff further I’m all ears, the space above is storing all my scrapbooking, knitting, fabric and embroidery items, plus a few other things here and there. I did a purge of my scrapbooking stuff so don’t have as much stuff but just replaced it all with fabric sigh, so now I have to much of that! I really need to learn to just buy when I have a project in mind and not when I just like that fabric lol!

Well here are dreams of a lovely craft room/space all to my own.

Sew Together Bag

So I finished my sew together bag, and boy am I in love with it, so much so I want millions of meters of the fabric and make huge swoon quilts with this colour scheme, I’m just well more in love with it than anyone should be.

The mini swoon quilt turned out a lot better than I thought it would do, and to this day I am still amazed that I managed to make sew something so small, each of those blocks measure 0.5cm each!!! The bigger blocks measure 1inch each so they were not so bad!

For the back I just continued with the random squares and I think the look it gives of is really good!

The inside has the best map fabric ever and loads of space to fill!

Then just peeking out of the zipper pockets are mermaids and octopus’ whats not to love about that!

The pattern itself was quite hard to read, but I managed to sew this together at the right time as on Quilt Barns blog is a very good step by step tutorial of how to make the bag and well without those step by step instructions I would still be quite lost now.

I will defiantly be making another, have no idea on the colour scheme or who for, I just kind of want to make one again! So if anyone would like one and swap it for something else, please get in touch!!

A little miniature Love

There is something to be said about small things, I for one can never say no to a puppy snuggle or a miniature Dachshund, so even anything in miniature!! My other half suffers from the same thing and has a small (read big) obsession with Monkey bikes which are basically small motorbikes since I bought him his first one for our first Christmas together, yep was more I couldn’t leave the cutie in the shop, plus he looks epic on it, probably why I also have one……………hmmmm maybe this should just read that we both have an obsession..yes anyhow onto sewing!!

Add to this the enlightening fact that I have to go above and beyond in anything I do, and I recently just been obsessing over the swoon quilt (will be making a lovely Cat Nap one soon) you can really see where this is going!

I drew up a plan for my Sew Together Bag, not the best plan but as soon as I looked in my stash and seen my Out to Sea map I knew KNEW! This was what I wanted to do. Seriously how could you say no to that whale??? Sooooo cute!!!!!

Cue a lovely tooth abscess (read seriously infected!) and a very upset miserable girl, with a wee bit of extra time. I managed to finish my miniature swoon quilt in a record 2 days, of which one of them was a full day and the other was just a few hours while watching RAW before WrestleMania.

 

Ok it’s not perfect but Jesus I am so in love with it, and as it’s my first time ever doing something miniature and well something to this extent on the sewing machine I’m damn proud. Worst thing is now I think I’ve been bitten by some bug, once I’ve finished my sew together bag I can defiantly see a mini swoon quilt in my future, Especially as these are only 4” big, how epic would a 8” by 8” mini swoon quilt be?!

Cannot wait to get started on the next part, I have a feeling my Sew Together Bag is going to be epic!

Life Lately

My current and first EPP quilt, for some reason I don’t take the easy route, and thought clamshells would be amazing, could never understand why there wasn’t alot of info about clamshell quilts on the internet. Now I know, its so slow going! 

I’ve got around 5.5/6 rows done so far, I’m wanting to have it done before I go to FQR 2014 well see, its amazingly slow progress!

Me and my sister have just bought our hotel and plane tickets to go, so excited as never been before, hoping to learn new things and meet new friends.

Life lately is:

listening:  to Happy by Pharrell Williams on nonstop repeat at work
eating:  Satsuma’s nom nom
drinking:  a caramel latte
wearing:  scary work clothing (which I don’t like, really need a new wardrobe!)
feeling: excited, we’ve just bought the plane and hotel tickets for FQR 2014
weather: sunny for once
watching: the last episode of the season for Airplane Repo, so going to miss it!
reading:  Homefarmer magazine
waiting:  for summer
wanting:  to sort out my craft space
needing:  to sort out my craft space, I have so many ideas for new quilts and items that I just want to make!
thinking: about what I need to make for FQR 2014
enjoying:  the sun
wondering:  whether my mum really is going to be happy in retirement!
wishing: that she is going to be amazingly happy once she retires, she defiantly has deserved the spare time.

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