Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Quilting Retreat - pre-event party!

Did you know that I am escaping onto a quilting retreat this coming weekend?.   I am terribly looking forward to this and can't wait to meet in person many of the bloggy friends I have made over the last year.  James, on the other hand, can't help sniggering when I put the words "Quilt" and "Retreat" into the same sentence.  I'm afraid to say I think he thinks I'm a geek!!

Fat Quarterly

Anyway, I thought I'd join in with the pre-event party (linking up on the Fat Quarterly website) and introduce myself to fellow retreaters :)

I look like this. Kind'a.
( I got James to take a picture of me for this blog, and didn't like any of them, except that cutie in the middle, so the only option was to put them all very small boxes.  Not sure what dropped down my top in that last one)

No idea what I'll be wearing but by a twist of fate I'll be carrying this, one of my early bag makes (the only one that didn't sell is also my favourite!)

I'm 38 and I used to be an IT Director for an insurance company, officially until about a year ago when my maternity leave ended and I gave my notice, in order to be a full-time Mum to my daughter Felix, who will be 2 next month.   I am also lucky enough to get to hang out with James' two children, to whom I will officially become stepmum in July when we get married.

I am making my own wedding dress and as a result have been a bit of a sporadic blogger of late, as dates loom.

I'll be travelling up to London on the train on sturday morning, accompanied by this quilt for Siblings together
(sewn by Terri and I, who will be hand stitching the binding on the train, at this rate!)

plus an enormous wheelie suitcase, plus fellow Brit Bee and fabric mule, Terri (aka Mish Mash Mama) and Liz (new bloggy friend aka Dandelion Daydreams) and am staying at the Radisson Edwardian Vandebilt on Saturday night.

I'm hoping I'll mostly be:

A) Marvelling at the talent/ superb time management skills/ stash/ quilty finishes of everyone else!
B) Talking to new and old friends
C) Attending these classes (in this order):
  • Portholes
  • Frame purses
  • Freezer paper piecing
  • Designer challenge
D) Living it up with my fellow Brit Bees (a marvellous bunch)
E) Propping up the bar at any opportunity :)

See you there?



  1. Have fun! The pics are really cute :)

  2. Look forward to seeing you at the retreat!!

  3. I will see you back at the hotel if I don't see you at BP! You look lovely in all the photos even/ especially (?) the ones pulling faces!

  4. lol I LOVE the pics! I have visions of the 3 of you all sat around the table on the train sewing the binding on! A right propper traveling quilting Bee! See you saturday! Eeeeeeeeeek!

  5. Looking forward to meeting you x

  6. See you in 2 sleeps.......

  7. Can`t wait to meet you Ceri!

  8. At least we know who Felix gets her gorgeous good looks from! The ST quilt turned out brill! Can't believe I'm actually going to see you for real in 2 days time! Squeeeeee! Jxo

  9. we're all proud geeks I reckon! See you Saturday!

  10. Hey, we're in the sunday morning class by Kerry together! See you in London!!

  11. Yipppppeeeeee! see you at the crack of dawn ;0)

  12. Woohoo! Cant wait :-) Brilliant photos by the way, especially top middle, that's your "fabric!" face....

  13. Yay I can't wait to meet you and I think we are in the Portholes together. Safe travels!

  14. yay, see you there. am only there on the Saturday, but will look out for you!

  15. Oh it seems I'm going to be the *only* blogger in the country not going to the retreat...*whines*

    Take lots of pics and blog about it afterwards, OK??!!

  16. See you soon on the Radisson party floor.

  17. see you really soon, love the quilt :)

  18. See you there!

  19. Was it good? I really wanted to go but had already signed up to the Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k run for our local hospice. It rained. All the way. So, I hope you had a good time, honest.....