Elizabeth Betts of Popular Patchwork magazine was one of the delegates at our recent retreat weekend at the De Vere hotel in Buckinghamshire. Apparently, like many of us, it had been years since she'd found the time to have two days of consecutive sewing for herself and as one of her newly made retreat friends said to her '... it's a perfect way to spend a weekend in October'
An amazing time was had by all at the West Country Quilt show last weekend - 11/12 and 13th Nov
Valerie's demonstrations of scrap quilts, table runners and crazy patchwork were very popular and we got to meet and interview some of our regular contributors like Kate Findlay, the Stitch Witch, Vanessa from Lady Sew and Sew, Izzy from Creative Quilting, Angela Daymond, Nancy Adamek, Chris Porter and Mary Gamester to name a few. We also loved speaking to our customers and the visitors to the show.
Lovely to catch up with some of our viewers as well as those who came because they won tickets!!!
Don't worry if you didn't make it to the show, our video content from the show will be accessible on the website soon.
Everyone said how inspirational the work on display was. Here's just a taste of some of it.
All images are courtesy of Ben Daniel @ Stay Social UK and Matt Bigwood
You can see all the images in full across our social media pages by clicking on the links below. You'll also be able to watch the live videos we made on the day on Facebook, where the lovely Faye Hatcher takes us round the Show over the 3 days.
Well this is what I did - another version of my 40 minute scrap quilt
Of course layering, quilting and binding takes just as long - but this is a really delightful quick and easy quilt to make and you can see this latest version when you visit the West Country Quilt and Textile Show 11-13 Nov.
What a great time we had; here are some pics of the girls at work in Sarah's class and what they were working on; they all gone at least one top done!!!
and some lovely comments from delegates (who are now safely back home)
I had a lovely weekend , thank you for organising it.Thank you too for the lovely goodie bag!I have sent my booking form and deposit of £50 today, for next year,2017,
I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to you and all the team for a great weekend. It was enjoyable to meet all the different women, to see their work and to spend concentrated, dedicated time on producing something lovely.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the weekend. This was my first retreat and it was wonderful. To just be able to do something you enjoy without any distractions was great
I just want to thank you and Maggi for a super relaxing weekend. It was great fun even if I did not get quite as much sewing done as I had hoped. However, I am now more confident about what I am doing and can, hopefully, do some at home.
The hotel was comfortable and so easy to get to.
I shall definitely be booking next October.
The dates are 7-8 Oct 2017 - booking form with details of the projects will be available shortly!