Hats off to Jo Avery for organising a really fantastic event - it was great.
The day started with registration where we picked up our goody bag - the sponsors had been amazingly generous.
There were Aurifil threads, Nairns biscuits (actually more - I have no idea where the others went, cough), a Frixion pen from Pilot, Coats needles and thread, lovely fabric and a panel from Dashwood, Love patchwork and quilting mag, embroidery floss from DMC, Liberty fabric from Very Berry, scissors from Groves and Banks , a Liberty tote bag and fabric, yet more lovely fabric from Blend and Robert Kaufman, and DMC perle cotton and beads from Mybearpaw. My word.
This was followed with the hunt for your secret name tag swap partner - here is the one I handed over to Agnes once I had finally tracked her down.
The butterfly is made of Oakshott, and the veins on the wings are tightly zigzag stitched. I had a head-poppingly difficult time making it but it got there in the end.
I received this one from Norma who was very bashful about it but I love it especially the tiny flower.
Then we went into our first class - mine was improv New York Beauty with Jo. I kept finding myself anally trying to get the wonkiness just right if you know what I mean, rather than just go with the flow, but it was a lot of fun.
There was also a lucky dip, show and tell, and a raffle for the quilt made from last year's fabric tickets - and a lovely buffet too!
In the afternoon there was some very intense sewing. I took the tote bag class with the brilliant Katy Littlest Thistle Cameron. The bag needed a patchwork panel for the front pocket so I just whipped this one up (haha) the day before in case the New York Beauty wasn't ready. A massive gin and tonic was required when it was done.
We picked up a lot of really useful tips, including one for making neat boxed corners, how to put in magnetic fasteners and a method for inserting the zip for an interior pocket.
I didn't manage to finish the bag at the class, but the sprogs and I had a pyjama day yesterday because they were having a holiday Monday and I am still getting over the back-to-school cold they infected me with last week. They made pompoms while I finished it off, only nipping out to the shops at teatime so we didn't starve. Bag photography is definitely not my forte so you will have to take my word for it that it is rather nice, if I say so myself!
This post has so many superlatives it is beginning to remind me of Brilliant Kid on the Fast Show, but really it was a brilliant day. Thank you to Katy, Jo and all her helpers.