Only a couple of days to go before I'm off to the Fat Quarterly Sewing Retreat in London. I'm not fully prepared yet but I think I have most of the stuff I need for the classes sorted now!
In the background photo there are the strips I cut for the Wonky Log Cabin class. I had bought a Jelly Roll over three weeks ago for the occasion (because I'm a bit lazy) but sadly it hasn't arrived yet so I cut strips from a Moda Scrap Bag. The Bag held scraps (end of bolt) from Kate Spain's new line Good Fortune. The fabrics are lovely but there were a lot of selvedges I had to cut off and most strips ended up no wider than 2.5" and often much thinner than that. Anyhoo....I added some Tula Pink and Mendocino strips too because I like to mix my fabrics. :)
The other photos (clockwise, start in the left hand corner) are: fabrics for my Paper Piecing class (I think the particular pillow I choose is called Snowball so I chose some Christmassy fabrics), some of my tools and stuff, and fabrics for the Frame Purse class and the English Paper Piecing class (I'm going to make the Union Jack pillow).
In the next few days I will start packing my suitcase. I have only put an old cutting mat in it for now (the one I always use was way too big to bring) and I will be adding mostly comfortable and practical clothing to it. First I must find out what the weather will be like in London next weekend. Can't wait to meet all the others attending the Retreat. If you see me (I look something like this) come and say hi! Me in a nutshell: I'm 41, mum of two, wife to one. And while sewing is not my greatest talent I do enjoy it a lot. You can recognise me by my Dutch accent. That is if I feel brave enough to open my mouth. :)
I'm also excited to meet up with Carina (my &Stitches colleague) who I will meet in person for the first time this Friday, a day before the retreat.