Wednesday, 6 June 2012

FQR 2012 - The Makes

In a moment I will show you what I made at FQR.

But before I even got there, I was making things for the retreat.  You may remember a few rather annoying sneek peaks, so now I can reveal all!

I didn't sign up for the sample swap that many others did, so instead I wanted to make something for each of my Brit Bee gals - a wee token to remember our time together.

Firstly I made everyone a keyring:

And then little coin purses, to put the keyring into, along with some moo cards and chocolate!

I forgot to take a picture of the Union Flag fabric I bought specially to line these wee pouches!

And finally, I set my daughter to work making her bespoke fimo charms, personalised for each member.

L-R: Susan (sushi), Hadley (owls), Fiona (dog & bone),  Jo (hedgehog & cupcake), Sarah (zombie & slice of cake), Terri (bakewell tart with cherry & cupcake), Jennie (bunny & doughnut), Ceri (gingerbread man & cupcake), Trudi (birds), LJ (Lollipop & rainbow), Judith (lemon & Irish cupcake)
I also made a set for Katy (our new member) but forgot to take pics, sorry.  Katy makes the most wonderful teddy bears, so her fimo charms were a teddy bear and a russion doll.

So onto the workshops at retreat.

I took Portholes on Saturday morning with Lucie Summers (creator of Summersville).

Lucie showing the other shapes you can make using the portholes technique.  Her famous Portholes quilt can be seen here.

This was a great technique, and a really fun class with Lucie! 

My portholes aren't as round as they should be, but for someone who doesn't usually enjoy sewing curves I can definitely see more of this technique in my future!

On Saturday afternoon, I took Framed Purses with Katy Jones.

Katy is waaaaay too cool for school!  Just as well with the amount of glue and mess I was getting into with my framed purse!

This is far from perfect, and if I was rushing to do another one, I would do things differently. 

The framed purse I bought had much bigger knobs than anyone else (careful!) which proved to be a hindrance because they are so heavy.

But it was fun being there with Ceri and Susan (who was turning the air blue with each application of glue!).

I'll leave you with a celebrity name dropping mosaic (you'll be pleased to hear I managed to hold it together!).

L-R: Lynne with Judith and Trudi, John (on stage), Katy, Lucie
Thank you FQ team for an amazing weekend.


  1. It was a most excellent weekend! Di x

  2. Jude and her big balls... lol Love my pressies, you are too kind and massive hugs to daughter too cos my Zombie and cake are awesome!

  3. I saved my big balls to play with in private at home!
    I love my goodies, thank you - and big hugs to your amazing daughter xxx

  4. What a great post! It really summarizes the weekend well with your bee buddies. Your pouches were just lovely :)

  5. The reveal of your sneaky peeks has been well worth the wait. How fab! Curves class and framed purses would have been top of my class to do list.

  6. Oh, that's what you were making!! All becomes clear! I love them and the Fimo charms your daughter made are fabulous - you're one talented family!!

  7. All looking fab - esp love the personalised fimo charms, very thoughtful!

  8. I love that fabric you used on the framed purse, I really should have taken that class, maybe next year. Excellent makes and lovely pictures too.

  9. My girls are madly after the sushi and I have taken to hiding it. Because it is mine all mine, and from you. Which makes it so special. I want to go to London next weekend and for us all to hang out and chatter again!

  10. I love my little gifts! Thank you so much for putting in all the time and effort to making them. And your daughter's fimo is fabulous.

  11. Your coin purses and key rings are adorable! LOVE them.

  12. oh those little gifts you made are just gorgeous! how tickled the girls must have been and how lovely getting your girl to make those little charms! love your purse by the way big balls and all!!

  13. Thank you again for my wee pouch, and it was so lovely to meet you!


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