I was one of the lucky Bloggeratti to go in the Quilting Retreat at the beginning of December and it was the best thing since sliced bread! Good company, great space, nice vegan food, good bar and a nice clean bedroom. I have never met any of the other bloggers before and it was so nice to put names to faces. Now when I read what they write I can see their faces and hear their accents; that is always a nice thing.

It wasn’t until day two that I thought to look in the goodie bag that had been left on the table and I was so surprised and pleased at the contents (I loved the bag as well).

I have read the British Patchwork & Quilting magazine on a few occasions but I don’t get any magazine on a regular subscription so it was nice to have this back copy to read when I got home. It is a very easy read and great to dip in and out of. I loved the articles and enjoyed the local quilting group and business stories. I don’t often use patterns now-a-days but there were some lovely ideas and patterns scattered throughout and I shall be saving the pattern for the Ombré Geese. It was lovely to meet the Assistant Editor Helen Kent and I would like to thank her for the magazine and bag treats.

The fat quarters were such an unexpected pleasure and, alongside a cute retractable tape measure, came from The Craft Cotton Co. These are in beautiful autumnal colours and absolutely perfect for a bag I have planned for the next quilting retreat (watch this space). Thank you Craft Cotton Co… these are absolutely delightful!  Now I just have to get designing / sewing and this is just the boost I need.

Finally, we had a Secret Santa and I picked out a beautifully fabric wrapped gift held together by gold quilting pins (I did get a kick out of those pins and I loved the fabric which I can reuse to wrap other presents or sew with).


I did write a blog on Fabric wrapping (Furoshiki) which can be found here. Anyway inside the beautiful wrapping was an even more beautiful fabric covered note book! It was beautifully sewn and the precision of the quilting was exquisite. Thank you Santa for such a thoughtful gift.

Thank you Sylvia Priest for organising these Takeaway Treats. A great touch which added to the great weekend.

I am really looking forward to next years retreat now.  If you  have never been on a retreat then do consider it.  Over in the UKQU Continuing Development FaceBook Group you will find several retreat organisers offering both taught and ‘do your own thing’ events.  Definitely worth checking out.


  1. Christine Hutchins

    A lovely account of a great weekend – and I loved looking in the bag – the tape measure certainly came in very useful over the weekend! I’ve not used the fabric yet, but will find a project for it all. I love bags – especially fabric ones, and seem to be adding to my collection regularly!