Monday, 4 June 2012

Fantastic things

A lot of pretty wonderful stuff has happened in the last few days. First, my Oakshott quilt won favourite throw quilt! Thank you all so much for the votes and comments - I am incredibly happy and honoured! This was my first time entering the festival, and it was such a great experience. I look forward to the next one.

Next was the Fat Quarterly retreat. I could only go for one day, but what a day it was. It was so much fun to finally meet all these people I have been stalking following for such a long time, not to mention hang out with the other members of the London Modern Quilt Guild. I took two classes: freezer paper piecing with Kerry and frame purses with Katy, both of which were brilliant. I learned so much. After the classes we hung out in the bar for a while (there might have been a bit of beer involved) and I came away with a really sore throat from all the talking. Which, as anyone who knows me will tell you, is totally out of character. I am normally really shy and retiring and hardly ever say a word. Ahem. 
I do love a big pair of balls. Hehehehe.
And yesterday, at bedtime, Lucy (the nine-year-old) handed me something that she had been secretly working on all afternoon. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried. A lot.
It's a bit hard to see, but she appliqued "Best Mum" on the front. Melt.
This morning she came downstairs and showed me what she had been working on overnight (I'm not sure she went to sleep, to be honest). It was a little sewing kit, with applique on the front. I know that I am her mum and everything, but she really does amaze me. She just thinks up these things and makes them work. I am so proud of her.
We are off to the New Forest today for a camping trip. The weather is looking pretty crappy, unfortunately, but never mind. A bit of mud never killed anyone, right? Right???


  1. Absolutely pleased that you deservedly won a category in the pressure for next time then!

  2. Well done on your Win.
    So glad you had a read time at the Retreat.
    And your daughter is very talented for her age. What a gift to treasure.

  3. Those presents nearly made me cry! No wonder you were bawling. I've had a few soggy days in the forest, but stayed with family. Camping yuck! Not for me.

    The retreat was great was it? See you soon

  4. Yep the weather here this morning is pretty crappy, but it is improving!
    Have fun xx

  5. Have a great break, you missed a brilliant day yesterday, but I am totally wiped out today! my poor brain may never recover..... (I know, I know, it'll be hard to tell the difference..... ha, ha, ha! :-) )

  6. Congrats again! Lovely to meet you!

  7. It was brilliant to meet you - didn't realize you were missing Sunday or I would have spent more time with you on Saturday (or was that the plan!?). Have a good holiday - catch up with you soon xxxx

  8. Congratulations on the win. Your quilt is fabulous and it was great to meet you on the weekend.

  9. Did I meet you - did I not? Fear I missed you completely - rats! Have to hike it up to LMQG now! Congrats - well deserved and obviously Lucy is following in mum's footsteps!

  10. Congrats on your quilt again!! It was a beauty! Your new sewing kit is amazing - she did such a great job with the details - a place for the scissors and markeing pen. :)

  11. I do love your Oakshott quilt!! And your sewing kit brought a few tears to my eyes. How special!

  12. i'm so pleased your quilt won - it rocks. It was lovely to meet you at the weekend x

  13. Yay on the win, and was nice to meet you on Saturday morning :o)

    People pay a fortune for all over mud treatments ;o) Have fun with the camping!

  14. Oh so much awesome! Lucy's present for you is beautiful - what a treasure! I even got a tiny bit teary

  15. it was great meeting you, Charlotte!! I enjoyed having Kerrys class with you at the y-seams table :-) Hopefully we´ll meet again next year, maybe even for two days...
    Take care,

  16. have seen the weather forecast, right? I ran a 10k race on sunday in utterly miserable conditions - I'm so glad we've sold our tickets to Download festival!
    Those sewing gifts are just stunning. I would undoubtedly have cried, quite a lot.
    Hope the camping was good and you didn't have to be airlifted out of anywhere xx

  17. Congratulations on your quilt! It is stunning... As I've no doubt told you about 5 billion times. The sewing kit your daughter made is absolutely the sweetest thing ever. It made me cry and I don't even have kids.. God I'm going to be a wreck when I do!

  18. That sewing kit is precious. That is so thoughtful to make a gift she knows you'll use.

    1. thanks Tracy - she is a sweet girl indeed!


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