Monday, 4 June 2012

Fat Quarterly Retreat 2012

If you came to the Fat Quarterly Retreat, you know what an amaazing weekend it was, and if you didn't maybe I shouldn't tell you as you have missed such a great experience- don't panic too much, I have a feeling it may well be back next year, keep everything crossed x.  I think it exceeded everyone's expectations.  Check in at 9- much hysteria, flapping, screaming, chatting, but within an hour classes were underway.  On the way in, everyone received a goody bag from the generous sponsors- some of mine didn't make this pic as I had stuff in every bag, there was even more than this!
I need to give them a shout out as there really did give us all such a treat!  Oakshott, Kaufman Fabrics, Abakhan Fabrics, Korbond, Moda, Aurifil, Liberty, Pfaff, Sizzix and maybe more- I lost count!
This was my first freezer paper group sorting out their pattern pieces.  It was busy- 28 people in my class and the same on the other side of the hall in Tacha's English paper piecing but it was fine, everyone all had enough space and access to machines- thanks to Pfaff for the 20 top notch machines they supplied, so many people including me were incredibly grateful for them!
More about my classes in another post- I want to show the amazing work people did in a post of its own!   There were special guests during the day, including a Liberty table with a free bag for everyone and once it had been sorted- lovely Karen helped a lot here- a little bundle of various Liberty fabrics was given to all on Sunday.  You can see me trying not to drool on some silk, actually called 'Kerry's Flock'- I was pretty much prepared to strip off and roll around naked in this and some of the other silks!  I just about restrained myself!
Loving the Liberty,just stroking a bit of silk, mmm

There are frequent break opportunities and the beauty of the venue, Baden Powell House is that the rooms flow and it easy to move around from class to class and to the food/drink area.  Everyone is on high octane, energy is flowing and frequent drinks and snacks are essential.  Everything they provided was excellent, really high quality and much appreciated.  It could not be a better venue- 5 mins from 2 major hotels- The Grange and The Radisson, less than 10 mins from a Waitrose and Gloucester Road tube.  All this is so important when people arrive to retreat having flown in, with their luggage and their sewing equipment.
In the afternoon it was lovely to attend a class and sit back and relax whilst listening to Lynne as our teacher!  Here she is with Carla in full teacher mode:
Lynne in teacher mode at fat Quarterly retreat
Such a fun class!  You pick up tips from the teachers and the class members and you get to see such a great range of machines, fabrics, tools...Neither Di nor I had out own machines so we used a Pfaff 1.5 Ambition and took turns, you can just see the back of her head below as she is working out her Union Jack.
Lynne's foundation class at Fat Quarterly Retreat
This was Tacha's Sunday class: A hand  sewing class is a great opportunity to chat.  I was on the other side Freezer Paper teaching again.
Tacha's English paper piecing class @ fat Quarterly retreat
And in the afternoon I did Lu's Porthole technique class- loved it!  I think I had packed my ipad away as I have no pictures!  But retreat is not just about the classes, it is about the people and they were all so friendly and lovely.  When the retreat started on Saturday morning, John gave us a little pep talk at the beginning and stressed the importance of community, of including everyone and that is what happened.  You could join a group of people or a conversation anywhere and be welcomed.  Or you could take yourself off somewhere quieter and be alone, no pressure, nothing to conform to- all encompassing.  And I met so many people xoxoxox to you all!  To give you an idea of how that felt, I'll leave today's post with a pic of me and Leila, it was like meeting an old friend.  We were both a little tired but dressed in our finest homemade finery, it was about 7pm, Leila had to go and meet her Mr, I had to go back to my hotel because I was so tired but you can tell how happy we were to meet- just tearing up thinking about it now!
Kerry and me
Back with more soon x
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35 comments:

  1. Great post Kerry :) Hope to meet you next year :)

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  2. Such a wonderful post - I loved every word and every photo!

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  3. Great post, great class, great weekend! Thank you!

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  4. oh it looked such a fun weekend, glad it all went well for you. x

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  5. I was doing really well holding it together until now! What a trip it was, I am already looking forward to next years retreat xx

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  6. Oh Kerry. Now you're making me cry! This weekend would have been nothing without all of the wonderful attendees. I loved meeting everyone and flitting from person to person. So amazing.

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  7. what a great post - summed things up perfectly. Loved your class, although I need much much more practice!

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  8. What a lovely post! It was such a great weakend, can't wait to do it all again next year (fingers crossed!). I so enjoyed getting the chance to meet you, and I'm looking forward to being practically neighbours :)

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  9. One of the best weekends ever. With great teachers, many thanks.

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  10. Love your post, it reflects the (great!) mood of the event so well. I wasn't in your class (I guess the word 'freezer paper' scared me a little) but maybe next year!??!?

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  11. It was great to have met you in Lynnes class Kerry (and thank you for the thread that I picked up) It was such an awesome time, I really hope its repeated

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  12. looks like so much fun! you two are so cute together. :)

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  13. It was so nice to meet you and be in your class! I am still overwhelmed by everything that happened and by how friendly everyone was.

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  14. Great post, it was so lovely to meet you in person (and hopefully we can meet in August). It was such a fabulous weekend wasn't it?

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  15. When you told us about this retreat, last week, I knew that it would be an awesome meeting, but reading this post now, I only can ask the Universe, if I deserve, that I could be in the next fatquarterly retreat, to know you, Lynne, Leila, all of my flickerfriends and to experiment a little bit of the wonderful experience that you discribed.
    Thank you for sharing your happiness with us!
    xoxo from Brazil!!

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  16. You have such a way with words (and freezer paper!), lovely to spend time with you in your class, see you soon!

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  17. Xxxxx right back at ya girlie. Loved your class, loved the weekend :-)

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  18. Lovely pics of a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for a great class - loved every minute of it!

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  19. you have lived one of my dreams, to meet so many of my blogging buddies. Hopefully next year I'll be there, too

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  20. Great post. I really do hope this is repeated again and love that last picture especially!

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  21. Had a great time all weekend and enjoyed my breakfast with you !

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  22. how fun! so so happy you all had such a great time! xo

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  23. Thank you so much Kerry for sharing your experience there with us here! I felt like I was there! (I wish!!) Loving the picture of you and Leila together so much!

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  24. So great to see you all in action :) Feels just a bit as if I was there, too. (Keeping my fingers crossed for next year).

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  25. Such a brilliant weekend, and a lovely picture of you and Leila to top it off; perfect xxx

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  26. Fantastic post.
    I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about it.
    I still can't believe I didn't make it but its wonderful to be able to see what went on.
    So many smiles in every photo.
    xxxx

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  27. It was so lovely to meet you Kerry, I really enjoyed your class and I finished off my second spool block at home and am so happy how it turned out! Thank you for being a great teacher! I'm already looking forward to doing it again next year
    R x

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  28. Great post it was wonderful to meet you in person at last, sorry it was so brief. We'll have to meet up and have a proper gossip another time ;-)

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  29. Hi Kerry - it was lovely to meet you in person and be part of your class! Found a new technique that I totally love and can't wait to finish!!
    Thank you for a wonderful time!
    Cara @ {Pink Stitches}

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  30. It looks like you all have had a great time at the retreat! Love to see you with your new dress, very pretty!

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  31. Really lovely post. Hope you're coming next year!!!

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  32. Thank you so much for your class, I had lots of fun, even if I can't put a jigsaw together properly ;o)

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  33. Dear Kerry! Thanks for your fantastic post! It was lovely meeting you and I think you are a terrific teacher! Loved your freezer paper class!

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  34. Thanks so much Kerry for being a part of the weekend. Hope that next year I will get to actually take your class!

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