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What a FQR’ing great weekend!

Oh my! And what a weekend it was…..I don’t even know where to start!

Travelling (partly!) handmade!!!!

As predicted I was waaaaay too over-excited and I think I spent most of the weekend speaking way too fast and having to repeat myself at a much slower pace, but by Sunday I had actually started to calm down! Apologies to anyone who nodded their head politely at me but didn’t really know what I was talking about…..

I met so many amazing people – it was especially great to finally meet Sarah, my roommate for the weekend, and a lot of my Siblings Together bee mates, including Jo who made a special trip up on Saturday night.  And yet I also seem to miss lots of people too which I didn’t realise until I got home: a testament to how crazy busy the weekend was.

The classes were brilliant – Kerry was fab (and wore some of her amazing clothes on each day – I so want her wardrobe!) and I’ve almost finished my PJ pants so will be able to post them in a few days. I even managed to sew them on this tiny little machine (I bought it for Little Girl and borrowed it for the weekend as it was a lot easier to take to London!)

The highlight class for me was Lu’s Improv class on Saturday morning – I knew that it would be out of my comfort zone and didn’t expected to love it as much as I did. I used a charm pack which I had at home, mixed in with a few solids but really loved the ones that were done with solids mixed in with a few prints. I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I stayed an extra hour to get my block done, and am going to turn it into a cushion for Little Girl (she’s already passed approval on the colours!)

Improv block by fabricandflowersuk

My table-top sessions were both with Mandy – hand quilting and needle-turn applique – both of which I really enjoyed, and techniques that I plan to include in my future makes. We also got to ogle Mandy’s Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt at the same time which is stunning and inspiring (and going on my bucket list of ‘one day’ quilts!)

Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt made by Mandy Noble

And then there was my fab swap group – Krista, Jo and Diane – where I was lucky enough to be given the cutest doll, decorative tape measure and cosmetic bag.

Di, Krista, Me & Jo

Saturday night was market night where I confess to indulging in a little retail therapy (honestly, I was very restrained!), a lot of it inspired by Lu’s Improv Class and included a pre-order of her new book.

FQR Market Night

There was also a raffle which included some fabulous prizes – I was lucky enough to win a jelly roll of Comma, and there were a few lucky people who won 32 FQ’s of Liberty (yep, you read that right! Some of them were nearly mugged I think!!!!) and others who won boxes of Aurifil. Together with the goody-bag we got on arrival I came home with quite a haul!

It’s difficult to describe just how much fun I had meeting so many inspiring and lovely people as well as learning new things – my mind has been buzzing ever since I got back, although the reality of going straight into the summer holidays and starting potty training has bought me down to earth with somewhat of a BuMp!!!

I’ve already told Mr f&f that I’d like to go again next year…….

S x

Todays sky ● blue with lots of clouds


  1. July 23, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Oh it looked like so much fun. I wonder if my baby will let me go next year …..

  2. Sarah
    July 23, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    It was great to finally meet you too! Been home only two days and I definitely want to go again next year too! xx

  3. July 23, 2013 / 10:48 pm

    It was great to meet you and hopefully I will get to meet you again! Very jealous of your haul and I'm loving the raindrop fabric. I was so busy gassing that I didn't buy anything in the quilt market, but never mind – I have more than enough fabric already! Great improv block too and I'm looking forward to seeing the oics of the cushion! xxx

  4. July 24, 2013 / 3:20 am

    Wow…what a busy time, but mega exciting! I do love goody bags.

  5. July 24, 2013 / 8:29 am

    Great to meet you! Loved your dress!

    And will forgive that winning streak of yours! Just make something devine with all your glorious loot!

    Yes do come again!

    Potty training will happen – don't stress!

  6. July 24, 2013 / 11:03 am

    Sounds like you had a brilliant time! That's a lot of stuff that you came home with! 🙂

  7. July 24, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Great to meet you even if only briefly! Glad you had so much fun and are already thinking about next year!!

  8. July 24, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Second time is even better, lovely to meet you xxx

  9. July 24, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    It was lovely to meet you and have a new blog to follow. And I know exactly what you mean about the whole weekend!

  10. July 28, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Fab to meet you Sonai, it was all a bit of a crazy whirlwind!