Community Retreat: London

Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014

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So the second annual Fat Quarterly London retreat has been and gone.  Once again, we loved every minute of it and once again we loved meeting you even though every one of us didn’t get to meet every single one of you because of the twirling and whirling and hullabaloo of the weekend.
talking, sewing, drinking
We learned from our first year and we hope to be learning a lot from this year too.
  Show and tell started with Di's Gorgeous Bee a Brit Stingy Quilt
We have opened a thread in the Flickr group and there is already a lot of fantastic feedback for us there.
FQ Retreat London 2013
We’ve also created a quick and simple survey (which is anonymous – the only information we are given about you from the survey is your IP address) for those of you who would prefer to respond that way.

And while you’re mulling that over, we can’t wait to read your blogs and see your photos and makes and goodies and swaps and purchases from the weekend so please link back to this post as soon as you’re ready!

All my retreat swag!
 And most important of all, thank you so much for coming and we so hope to see you there again next year.

Retreat Classes – Julianna and Joanna

Joanna Joanna Wilczynska
Shape Moth on Flickr
Julianna Julianna Gasiorowska
Sewing Under Rainbow on Flickr

Sewing Curves in English Paper Piecing by Joanna Wilczynska and Julianna Gasiorowska (Table Top session)

During classes you will learn ‘Stitch by Stitch’ method of sewing curves in EPP. No glue, no ironing, no cutting the fabrics on curves! Only you, fabrics, paper templates, thread, needle and pins (you will need scissors only to cut thread). Our classes allow to sew one block measuring approx. 11″ x 11″


“Read between the lines” Paper Piecing Block by Joanna Wilczynska and Julianna Gasiorowska (3 hour Workshop with machines)

During classes you will learn not only how to paper piece but also get to know some paper piecing tricks. You can piece one block measuring 12″ x 12″ or 16″ x 16″ finished (12 1/2″x 12 1/2″ and 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ unfinished, respectively). It’s your choice which block size you want to sew – larger block is at confident beginner level (there are many small pieces to sew) and the smaller block is aimed at intermediate + beyond.

read between the lines block

Retreat Classes – Mandy Noble

Mandy Mandy Noble
madewithlovebymandy on Flickr
@madewithlovebym on Twitter

Hand Quilting by Mandy Noble (Table Top session)

In this class we will look at the following techniques:

Burying your knots – burying your threads at the start and end of your stitching

Stitch in Ditch – simple running stitch along the seam do not use a back stitch. A popular technique is to quilt 1/4″ from the seam line which avoids extra bulk of the seam allowance. An invisible thread can be used or floss to make a feature of the stitiching.

Using a template – using chalk, an erasable pen such as frixion (removed by ironing or a warm wash) or an air drying pen (which disappears when the ink has dried).

Kantha – entire cloth is covered with running stitches, works particularly well with appliqué where the appliqués object is outlined and the remaining are filled with Kantha


Needleturn Appliqué by Mandy Noble (Table Top session)

The word “appliqué” is derived from the French verb “appliquer,” meaning “to put on.” It refers to a textile craft in which one piece of fabric is sewn over another for a decorative effect.

In the context of sewing, an appliqué refers to a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or pictures. Applied pieces usually have their edges folded under, and are then attached by straight stitch, blind stitch, or reverse appliqué where two layers of material are stitched together, part of the upper layer is cut away, and the edges are stitched down.


Retreat Classes – Katy Jones

Katy Katy Jones

Monkey do
ImAGingerMonkey on Flickr
@imagingermonkey on Twitter

English Paper Pieced Spring Carnival Pillow (3 hour Workshop without machines)

In this class you will learn the basics of English paper piecing. It’s an ideal class for anyone that hasn’t used this method previously. Cutting fabrics, basting, and piecing will be covered in this class.

Whilst you will not finish the piece in the allotted time, you will leave with the fabrics and paper pieces to confidently finish at home.

spring carnival

English Paper Pieced Triangle City (Table top session)

For this class you should already have a basic knowledge of English paper piecing. The absolute basics will be covered but only briefly.

We will baste and begin to piece the triangle city block. You will not finish the block in the class, but will leave with the ability to finish and appliqué the block into the background fabric. Paper pieces will be provided to complete one block.

During the class we will discuss different uses of colour value and how to alter the overall look of the block using value.

Triangle City

Retreat Classes – Ruth Singer

Ruth Ruth Singer on Facebook
@RuthSinger on Twitter

Trapunto by Ruth Singer (Table Top session)

Trapunto or Italian quilting is a fast, fun technique for creating raised texture on fabric. Unlike traditional quilting, in trapunto, the stuffing is added between two stitched layers of fabric just in the areas required. Trapunto can be worked by hand or machine, but in this class we will use simple hand-stitching techniques to create a small sampler. This workshop is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is an introduction trapunto for those who have never done it before.


Retreat Classes – Tacha Bruecher

Tacha Tacha Bruecher
Hanies on Flickr
@hanies1 on Twitter

+ & x Block Flexi Frame Pouch (3 hour Workshop)

Flexi frames are so useful – just perfect for making cases for sunglasses, mobile phones, ipods… But they can look a little daunting. In actual fact they are super easy to use in your projects.

Bring along scraps of your favourite fabrics and we’ll whip together a couple of miniature + & x blocks and turn them into a fabulous flexi frame pouch.


How to Carve Eraser Stamps (Table top session)

Projects really come alive when you add little details to them such as letters, words or little motifs. If you have ever searched high and low to find a scrap of fabric with something specific printed on it then this session is for you. Instead of getting frustrated that there is no fabric with precisely the motif you are looking for why not carve your own rubber stamp and print the motif yourself. Carving erasers is much easier than it looks and you don’t need any fancy equipment to get started.

rubber stamp2

Retreat Classes – John Adams

John John Adams
on Flickr
on Twitter

Creating, Designing, and Building Your Blog (Table Top session)

Are you a new blogger, a crafter considering starting a blog, or want to refresh your existing blog? Blogs have become the gateway for quilters and crafters to join a global community of like-minded individuals, so be sure to put your best foot forward. John Adams, author of the popular Quilt Dad blog & regular contributor both to Fat Quarterly and the Feeling Stitchy blogs, will lead a lively discussion on the ins & outs of blogging with some tips to get your blog noticed. Have a favorite blog? Bring some examples of blogs that you find particularly engaging and we’ll dive into what makes them work.

blog shot

Embroidery (3 hour Workshop without machines)

Have you always wanted to learn how to to embroider those cute little pieces you see popping up on Flickr and Pinterest? Are you an experienced stitcher who just wants to take an embroidery break during the workshop? Join John Adams — Fat Quarterly team member, quilter, and Feeling Stitchy contributor — for a casual, laid-back embroidery workshop. We’ll review several of the basic stitches to get our beginners started, and we’ll swap tips and tricks for embroidery techniques. Materials will be provided, but be sure to bring any favorite tools, notions, floss colors or patterns to share with the group.

Images are representational of what could be made in class.

Retreat Classes – Judith Dahmen

Judith Judith Dahmen
needles and lemons on Flickr
@needlesandlemon on Twitter on Facebook

Photography Class by Judith Dahmen (3 hour Workshop)

Ever been unhappy about the images you have taken of your wonderful handmade quilts, cushions, purses and bags? In this class we will cover:

• Preparation of the item to be photographed
• Location: Where to photograph your finished products
• Time: When is the best time to take a shot of your finished quilt (or other craft item)
• Technical aspects such as aperture, speed, exposure
• Some points on lighting conditions
• Advice on compositional aspects
• How to achieve perspective
• Post-processing techniques

Depending on the weather the class will either include a practical session outside or a post-processing mini-workshop. Bring an item which you would love to take a good photo of but haven’t managed so far.


Photography Talk by Judith Dahmen (Table Top session)

During this table top session we will talk about lighting, location and compositions aspects as well as some simple post-processing tricks.


Retreat Classes – Brioni Greenberg

Brioni Brioni Greenberg on Flickr
@flossyblossy on Twitter

Cathedral Window by Brioni Greenberg (3 hour Workshop without machine)

Cathedral window quilts take their inspiration from stained glass windows and are contructed differently to a usual quilt. The technique involves folding fabic, folding back sections of fabric and then stitching them down by hand. This is easier to make than it looks as there is no quilting involved, just patchworking. The hand stitching makes this is a great portable project so put your English paper piecing down and come and join me!


Fabric Bag Charm or Brooch by Brioni Greenberg (Table Top Session)

This bag charm is pretty instant gratification and can be made as either a bag charm or a brooch, so if your bag or cardi needs a pick-me-up or you need a last minute gift then you can whip one of these in about an hour using up your scraps!

bag charm