This time last month, I was up at Blackheath, for a three day quilting retreat. Three days spent with people who get why you like taking little pieces of fabric and sewing them into a larger piece of fabric, which in turn becomes a mini quilt, wall hanging, bag, cushion or something similar.
Once again, Anne Sommerlad Designs, ten out of ten for a fabulously well organised three days. Everything ran seamlessly. With 60 ladies and three tutors, this is no mean feat.
Each day was a different workshop...
- Raw Edge Appliqué ~ Wall Hanging ~ with Amanda Daly
- Foundation Paper Piecing ~ Little Black Bag ~ with Anne Sommerlad
- Needle Turn Appliqué - Cushion ~ with Lynne Alchin
I've worked on all three projects since coming home - one finished and two nearing completion. That's pretty good going for me.
The picture above shows the Foundation Paper Piecing in progress. I get confused at the beginning of a Foundation Paper Pieced project, every single time...
Once I get started, however, I really do like the process...
... and the results.
Once the paper piecing was finished, the bag was a quick and easy make. It gave me the opportunity to try out a new to me foam stabiliser - Bosal In-R-Form, Laminated Napped Tricot, fusible foam stabiliser. With just the stabiliser, the bag stands up by itself!!! Consequently, I purchased a couple of yards, as I have no idea where to purchase it locally.
I'd previously heard a lot of bloggers say how wonderful Annie's Soft and Stable is, but I have never tried it myself. I think(???) the In-R-Form, is a similar product, but I'm not totally sure. If anyone has used both, I'd be very interested to hear how they compare.
One little black bag finished and I love it. My Foundation Paper Piecing doesn't line up perfectly, but hey, I'm guessing most of you wouldn't have noticed if I didn't tell you.
Much as I like the finished products, I don't go to a quilting retreat just for the sewing. As I said in a post last year... It's not just the sewing, it's the whole package - fun, friendship, girls' weekend away and for me, stepping out of my comfort zone.
In that post I posed the question... is it worth attending a quilting retreat? Costly as it may be, the answer is still YES.
You can see photos from the retreat on the Anne Sommerlad Facebook page.
Have you ever been lucky enough to go to a quilting retreat?