I still can’t quite get over the fact that I was able to go to the Fat Quarterly Retreat this year – I’d absolutely ruled it out because of other real-life stuff going on with my family, but some wonderful magic happened and it somehow worked out. I’ve never been before, but watched jealously in previous years as retreaters posted photos of all the fun they were having – while I was sobbing on the inside.
So huzzah! I was so excited to join in the fun – and although I’m normally a little nervous meeting new people, I knew these peeps would be good to me. Ain’t nobody so nice and welcoming as crafty peeps, am I right or am I right?!
I don’t have tons of pictures, because seriously, I was too damn busy having an awesome time! I did manage some photos of my classwork, but at the end, I realized I hadn’t gotten any photos with my new friends or anything. D’oh! I don’t even have photos of my goodies – beautiful treats from Aurifil, Robert Kaufman, Dashwood Studios, Moda Fabrics, Oakshott, and I’m sure there were others that I’ve forgotten. Really, the sponsors were so awesome and generous – they rock the most!
Most of my workshops were non-machine based – I do tend to like hand-work more than machine-based sewing. I learned about hand-quilting with the very wise and kind Jen Kingwell, and learned about screenprinting and lampshade making (and foundation piecing!) with the always-lovely and inspiring Karen Lewis, and got nerdy about designing quilts in Touchdraw with Lynne Goldsworthy, whose quilt designs are always so ridiculously spectacular! Holy luckiness, Batman!
Honestly though, as amazing as the toys and classes were, for me, the whole weekend was about getting out and about amongst the people. It’s rare that I get to be around so many like-minded crafters, who all have such different and interesting perspectives on our mutual interest! I like to hand-stitch and embroider, old-school style, others are committed to modern quilt design, some are published authors, some are brand new to the craft altogether. But we’re all nerds, and we all love to share and learn new stuff, and what could possibly be better than hanging out with a bunch of us for a weekend?!
Bring on 2015, yo!
(I’ll show you more about each of my FQR projects as I continue to work on them!)