We arrived at the Royal Valentia Hotel on the Wednesday afternoon after a beautiful drive down in blue skies. After the snow and grey skies the weekend before we were in awe of the scenery around us.
The hotel was spacious and welcoming and we all booked into our rooms ready for sewing and laughter.
Sewing and laughter is what filled the room for the entire duration of our stay with the odd sing song thrown in.
Some people did their own projects while others tackled our retreat projects of a rather large bargello or a trip around the world quilt.
We were spoilt with the wonderful food in the hotel, the staff were amazing and didnt bat an eyelid at the threads all over the hotel. We had a show and tell after dinner which everyone enjoyed, not to mention all the other wonderful moments which caused lots of giggles.
With many hours of sewing clocked up we decided that we would come back next year and we are taking names. If you are interested please get in touch. I would highly recommend a sewing retreat if you love sewing , patchwork and quilting. As one of our guests said ‘its empowering being here and the energy is wonderful’
As the demand is so high we have two retreats back to back.
This is the last post now before we head off to Valentia next week. Thankfully the weather looks ok for next week, so we will all be glad of the break after this weekend.
Some of you are pre cutting your fabric, if you are its a good idea to store them in a box or such, especially if you are doing the Bargello and have them organized already in the correct colour scheme. These are Cathy’s fabrics and she has them cut and ready to go in a shoe box. This will keep them neat and tidy while piecing them together.
Can I ask everyone to bring one show and tell piece. It could be big or small – You will all get two minutes to talk about your show and tell, so think about what you can fit into those two minutes.
If you dont know already some of the girls are meeting at QC’s restaurant in Cahersiveen at 1 pm on Wednesday for lunch. If you haven’t already booked in them you must let me know asap so we can add you to the list. Its about half way through the town on the main street on the left as you drive towards Valentia. text me to book, my number is at the bottom of this post
Ill be at the hotel after the lunch to meet you as you come in. Can you all please book in first before you bring your sewing stuff in, so we can organize you as you arrive. Do not put your sewing stuff into the ball room first and then book in as it will cause a hazzard- Thank you.
After we arrive and we are set up, there will be a welcome and briefing at 4.30 pm. If you want to start sewing before that you are more than welcome, but the introduction of the projects will be in the briefing.
I will have a pop up shop with me, with the basics like thread, blades etc…but if anyone requires anything extra, then you need to contact me before Monday evening.
As usual do not hesitate to ask any questions. You can ring me between now and then for any inquires.
The first month of this year has flown by, but we don’t really mind as we are looking forward to our retreat on Valentia Island this March
There are two main projects on offer, but you are more than welcome to just bring your own projects to work on if either of these doesn’t appeal to you.
Trip around the world quilt- size 66 ½ x 66 ½ inches
Not as hard as you think, and definitely not sewing all those small squares together. You will learn this clever trick on how to put this quilt together. If this is the project for you, then we have a limited number of kits available in this colour scheme, or you can pre order a different colour scheme altogether.
The Requirements for this project are
12 colours from a range of tones including lights, darks and mediums : from each fabric you need 10 inches across the width of fabric.
When you have selected the above fabrics cut all into 2 ½ inch strips
18 inches of white or light border fabric ( leave in one piece )
24 inches of outer border fabric ( leave in one piece )
20 inches of binding ( leave in one piece )
The more advanced project is a Bargello
Finished size 96 x 98 inches
The picture here is only half the quilt as I’m still working on the other half. This is a big quilt, that requires a lot of sewing, but I might add very enjoyable. Again it’s a specific technique to create the effect.
This is a pattern from the book below and I have some copies for 20 euro each, if anyone would like one please let me know. Otherwise you can order it off Amazon or The Book depository.
If you decide to order it, I would do it straight away as there may be quite a few orders. Also if anyone requires fabric then get onto us straight away and we will organise it for you. Again it can be in colours of your choosing
The Requirements for this quilt are
24 colours from a range of tones including lights, darks and mediums from each fabric you need 10 inches.
The book says you need 5/8th of a yard of each fabric x 24, but if you have pre cut half yards at home that you want to use, you will get away with it as the cutting instructions says cut 7 strips 2 ½ inches wide. You may pre cut these before you arrive
If you want to add a border at the end you will need 60 inches extra of 1 fabric for a 6 inch wide border.
Binding: 30 inches of binding fabric
This picture may help you select your fabrics for the bargello.
Other things to bring
Cutting Mat, Cutter and long ruler
Sewing Kit: Scissors, Pins, threads etc..
An iron to keep in your room may be handy
Other Projects if you need a change
Also don’t forget to bring any meds and take your GLASSES!!
Click on the link below to see a short clip on the projects
Breakfast and evening meals are included in the price, lunch is not included and is up to each individual to organise but will be available at the hotel bar. You may want to bring a waterproof coat and walking shoes in case you need to go for a walk. See you all soon, I’ll be in touch before we head off. Any questions then you can contact me anytime.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible.