The names and faces are all echoing in my head and boy, did we have a great time!
Talking, talking and talking, and oh yes, we did some workshops too.
We started off by introducing ourselves in a really fast way: at the entrance we were all given cards with 6 names of people we had to find to get their initials. And it was a competition: if you had all the initials to the names you could enter the draw (for a prize of course). But some names did not match, like mine: Betty van Os is not the name it says on my payment to FQCR.
So it wasn't just: hi, I'm Betty and you're X? No, you're not on my list.
It was so great talking with people you only remembered by their blogging name!
|Katy, Tacha, John, Briony and Lynne|
Embroidery class with Aneela Hoey (above)
English Paper Piecing with Tacha (above)
|Pippa working really concentrated here|
Machine pieced placemat with Briony(2 above)
|results of my class|
A really easy and versatile tric I'd like to use in a quilt (someday). Lu was an enthusiastic and LOUD teacher which you need on Sunday afternoon in a very big assembly room.
Saturday evening we had a pub quiz where royals turned up and won!
Sunday afternoon all the Jelly Roll Challenge results were shown:
And the winner of the Iron Man Challenge was announced: the Royals again! They did have a very nice quilt!!
The result of my time is held up here (above) by Heather Noble, who fell Saturday evening and had to go to A&E ... Her ankle and pulse were (strained and) taped.
My energy Sunday afternoon was down to -10: my head was full!
My Iron Man Challenge team were working away and I just sat there ... completely drained!
Best pictures of the retreat, I think, are these:
|Hunter with his mum.|
|Quiltdad with Hunter|
|Incredibly nice Laura sewing away at her porthole nr 4?|
|This is fabric someone made herself! it was stunning. But now I don't have her name, so if you know, please tell me|
Caroline Walters' shoes: Dr Martens Hello Kitty!! How cool are they
Moda, Robert Kaufman, Aurifil, Oakshott, Abakhan and Korbond filled the goodie bags.
Sizzix came demonstrating their products, but somehow I missed that.
Pfaff for giving us 20 sewing machines to use, and you could even buy them at a discount after the retreat!.
Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics were having a contest of some sort, but I missed that (?) But I'll tell you more about Liberty tomorrow!