Saturday, 27 July 2013

Fat Quarterly Retreat London 2013

I'm finally back home and feeling somewhat like myself again. I've been travelling and holidaying for nearly a month and it was absolutely wonderful, so it feels strange to be back to normal again.
Last stop on my trip was Fat Quarterly Retreat London.

I forgot to pack quite a few essentials amongst which my camera so I'm stealing borrowing a few photos from others for this post. Please see links below for the original source of the photos, I asked for permission but got impatient so I went ahead and used them ;)

My classes were all fantastic, I took embroidery with John, Touchdraw with Lynne, Portholes with Lu and ended with John again in his blog design class that wasn't about blog design at all ;)
They were all wonderful teachers and left me feeling very inspired to sew, embroider, design and blog.

One of the highlights for me this year was the Liberty talk I was lucky enough to attend on the Friday morning. It was just wonderful to see how these beautiful prints are made and learn a bit more about the history of Liberty.

The good thing about delayed flights and long train rides is you can get lots of embroidery done! Home now :) #fqlondon embroidery class by @j_q_adams pattern by @alisonglass
John provided us with some excellent embroidery patterns this one is by Alison Glass

In between classes there was plenty of time for socialising. Having been to retreat last year I found this a little easier but still slightly daunting. There are just so many people! I'm not overly shy but I worry about imposing so butting in when people already seem to be grouped together and chatting isn't the easiest thing for me to do. It was exciting to reunite with some old friends from last year and make a few new ones.
Getting to meet your online friends in real life is truly the best part about retreat!


And then there were fabrics of course and tons of pretty bags, dresses, quilts etc. from so many talented people. There were goodie bags, swaps, a pub quiz and quilt market. The Baden Powell House was positively buzzing with creativity. For someone like me who is used to being home alone with the kiddo, it was soooo much to process!
It was exciting, exhausting and overwhelming all at once.

Goodie bag
Goodie bag and some of it's contents

Then quite suddenly it was time to say goodbye and catch the tube with my new friend Rachel. Once she had reached her stop and we said our goodbyes it hit me that it was really all over :(
Well that is until next year of course!

x Leila


  1. Was lovely to meet you. I am not shy either but I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to but in when people are in groups chatting.

  2. Sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you this year, but glad you had fun :o)

  3. I'm glad I got tower you. I felt a little intimidated about talking to new people too but glad I did. I've made so many new friends now.

  4. It was so great to meet you early at the Liberty Talk. Hope to See you again next Year :-)

  5. Looks like a fabulous event.

  6. It was nice to see you again, even though the art of conversation eludes me in such manic situations!!

  7. The embroidery is so pretty - I hadn't heard of Alison Glass but just googled her and love her work. Looks like you had a wonderful time :)

  8. I saw you there! but was to shy to chat :) perhaps next year! Glad you had a fun weekend, xo


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