Check out the goody bag contents! By far the best goodie bag I've ever had, but I realise I'm comparing it to diapers and butt rash cream (Bounty bags given after having a baby) and blister healing pads (marathon goody bags)! Regardless, it would be very hard to beat this Liberty bag (fine cord, so so soft!) full of Aurifil, Moda, Riley Blake, harberdashery bits, scraps (I'd pay good money for the collection I received) and London print fabric. Thank you thank you!!
The retreat itself started out a bit like Girl Scout camp (interesting as it was hosted in Baden Powell House-- home of scouting) where you could easily see the girls who had been before and those of us newbies a but unsure what to do. Luckily I met some great gals straight away and continued to throughout the weekend (mostly Americans living in Europe).
I loved English Paper Piecing and definitely caught the bug. I won't be reading anymore I decided-- that was the one positive returning to work next week... I thought I'd read a book again (hasn't happened since Orla was born). But now that I'm paper piecing... I'm addicted!
I could go on and on about the weekend, but I'll try to keep it short. I came away realising I don't know much about anything. Slightly more of a knock back than is healthy I think, but I've got a plan (trying to turn it to inspiration!)...
- make bags (I had serious bag envy! I never thought it was worth the time but after seeing the worth-prison-time-to-steal bags, I'm gonna make some)
- blog/network more online to learn from the incredibly gifted and creative quilters out there
- branch out from just using prepackaged fabric sets
- go again to a retreat (hopefully https://www.facebook.com/PeaksQuiltRetreat)
I loved the weekend, loved the ladies I met, loved the ideas... just want more time now.