Wednesday 24 July 2013


My apologies for those of you who have read a lot of FQR posts already .... but here is my recap.
It really was everything that everyone has already said.  I spent a lot of time with these lovely people and dinner out with about 35 others on Friday night - thanks to the fabulous organisational skills of Susan

1. Di, Sarah & Jude 2. Di, Sarah & Nicky 3. Night out Friday
There was a lot of sitting around and catching up and chatting, whilst doing some show and tell with Bee and Siblings quilts

 Bee Blessed Siblings quilt and Annabella's quilt top, finished off by Bee Blessed

 Nicky's Oakshot quilt - the pebble quilting on this on is amazing

 Siblings quilt with blocks donated by Bee a Brit Stingy bees and made up and quilted by Nicky

 Jans Bee a Brit Stingy quilt and Sarahs Hipbee quilt

There were the fabulous goodies
1. Sunglasses case from Sarah (there may have been fudge too!) 2. Goodies from the very generous Emily 3. Retreat goody bag, with so many lovely goodies

1. Swap goodies from Francine,Jan and Reene 2. Srip swap booty 3. very restrained quilt market shopping
I finally learned how to make portholes - that was a lightbulb moment and I started Pj bottoms with Kerry, which I finished off at home, along with my precision piecing block that we did with Lynne

But the weekend really was about the people.  Those that I have met before and got to catch up with again and those that I met for the first time.  It was all a lot less stressful than last year in that respect - and I can't wait for next year.
I feel rather guilty to tell you that I am off again on Friday - a long weekend at Centre Parks with some work buddies - and that will be another story....!


  1. It was lovely to meet you! It seems that everyone says it's better second time around so I'll just have to go again next year ;-)

  2. Thanks for those pics Catherine. Wow you did well on your precision block and PJs And what a good haul!

    It was good to chat to you and hope to see you soon in London

  3. Nicky's Oakshott quilt is amazing isn't it? I have already told her that it's her fault that I bought lots of Oakshotts at Quilt Market!

  4. I've loved reading everyone's reports - it all sounds tiring but amazing!

  5. Your pjs have turned out brilliantly! Still need to finish mine!! have a(nother) fab w/e! Jxo

  6. I'll swap your PJs for my clown No?

  7. It was so nice to see you again, I wish the retreat was longer so there would have been more chances to visit. Have a wonderful long weekend too.

  8. It was good to catch up with you and our bees. Those PJs are just perfect for your next weekend away. Have fun. Di x

  9. I think that a weekend in Centre Parcs us a brilliant way to recover from the exhaustion of retreat socialising. Hope you're going to the spa!

  10. Have a wonderful weekend Catherine - I'm loving hearing about everyone's FQR experience....thank you for showing the quilt :)

  11. It was great to meet you (albeit rather briefly!) Hope you're enjoying your weekend away.

  12. Lovely pjs and your precision block looks very precise! Hope you enjoyed centre parcs.

  13. Glad you had a great time! It was lovely to meet you!


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