I yard of background
3 half yards of colours of your choice
2 fat quarters
You may need or wish to buy other fabrics as you go along but that will start you off.
3-4 yards of background
5 yards in total of different colours from your chosen colour scheme , not too patterned.
1 yard of stitch and tear
You will need some bias tape, but we can organise that or make it as the class goes on.
Other items required
Rotary cutter, board, thread , scissors, pins , pencil and a basic sewing kit for machine and hand sewing.
If you have attended the class before, please bring your allocated bobbin. If you have a 1/4 inch foot you will need to bring that also.
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.
Looking forward to next year.
Are you all snowed in?
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.
Looking forward to our trip
Nikki and Sarah