I know you will be sick and tired of this FQ Retreat thing, but I wanted to you see the items I came away with before we called an end to any more Retreat posts. There was some swapping, and goodie bag receiving that shouldn't be missed.
You all know I made the FQ Retreat embroidered hoops for the Sample Swap. In return I received four different items from my partners, who were drawn from a hat on the day. And didn't I get lucky!
|Notebook holder, hot pad, zippy pouch|
and coasters with their own little bag to hold them.
|The gorgeous pouch is by none other than the inimitable Kat,|
from Diary of a FlutterKat. My online friend who is now also
my real life friend.
She makes the best pouches!
|I wanted you to see the inside of the notebook holder|
because it was so beautifully made.
Kat also brought a fabric order for me from her online shop. Anyone with a insatiable desire for DS fabrics should check out her shop because she stocks some DS that is only available in Australia. All six FQs I bought from her are fabulous stash builders as well as beautiful.
|And I have wanted one of her rainbow charm packs since she first posted them.|
Now I have one. Kat has the best scraps if all these charms came from her own stash!
When we first arrived at the Retreat every person attending received a goodie bag. I didn't properly explore this until I got home. There was way more in there than I expected. Robert Kaufman FQs, Oakshott FQs, Aurifil, Coats, mini charm pack of Moda, Opti zip, and more as you can see. The sponsors or the Retreat were incredibly generous!
|The girls are after the pin cushion with the built in scissors,|
and the travel kit,
and the mini charm pack.
Basically they are after the lot actually!
One other event over the weekend was organised by my roommate, Laura Jane, and it was the FQ swap. Bring a fat quarter, or two, or three, or more, put them in a pool of FQs and exchange them for ones that someone else has put in. I took four, but serendipitously was standing there when someone's FQs were been added to the pool. I only took two because I thought it would have been the height of rudeness to take four, when there were only eight to go round. But I couldn't resist. Because I got two FQs of Echo. Woohoo!
|Not sure why I picked the brown, but it is gorgeous even if it is brown.|
The blue I love, love, love!
And that is it. All I am going to say about the retreat - for now - because it may occasionally slip into my conversation and I am not making any promises I cannot keep. I appreciate all the comments that have been left over the past few days. I shall get to them. It just seems that since my return I have been either asleep or not home. It is half term and right now I am doing laundry, baking double chocolate chip cookies while waiting for some of their friends to come over, and slipping in a blog post while I can. Back to reality with a bump!