Create, Yours Truly

Little Old Me

July 5, 2013

In a two weeks time I am going to London to the Fat Quarterly Sewing Retreat. I am equal parts excited and nervous – I am going alone and I can be quite shy – but I am sharing a dormitory room with other sewing folk and well, I only have one sewing friend in real life so the thought of being surrounded by people that get it and love it for three days is so amazing. I am sure I will be nervous as heck on the day but I do know some people online – through Twitter and IG that are also going so it will be nice to meet them in person.

This post is just a little introduction about me so people might know a little bit about me before we go – I am joining up with the linky party at Fat Quarterly.



So, I am Kelly. I live near Lewes in Sussex with my husband and two children – Piran, 3 and Kate, 2.

I love to make things. After being an academic sort for most of my life as I reached my 30’s and had children I suddenly discovered that I actually had a creative side after all.

Since I bought my first sewing machine in the summer of 2009 I haven’t stopped making things. I love playing with fabric, and after years of following books and patterns I am finally learning to trust myself and as a result I am making some things that I really love and that I am very proud of. I also crochet and enjoy some embroidery and cross stitch too. I have discovered a love for hand sewing that I find very odd – it is so much effort but I love that it takes time and effort. I guess as a young mum I am also manic so quiet hand sewing in front of the TV is one of my simple pleasures. Four years and three machines later I just cannot get enough. Sewing and listening to Radio 4 is my happy place.


I love to learn, and have taken online sewing courses so I am thrilled to be going to retreat. My workshops are Improv and Cathedral Windows and my table top sessions are Photography and Triangle City. I am trying to convince myself to bring some of my bits and pieces along for the quilt maket – I shall see what I have around the place before I come. I just know that there will be so much temptation to spend all my money so a way of making some back would be good!


I have been blogging for twice as long as I have been sewing (eight years eeek!) and try to share my projects online when I can get time. The hardest part is taking the photos so hopefully I will learn something while I am there that will help me with that.


I am really looking forward to making new friends and just sewing for days (and not having to look after children. Oh, and maybe getting a bit of sleep). Please say hi if you see me looking a bit lost.

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  • Reply Jay July 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    You’ve made some lovely things judging by the photo’s; I hope you have a good time at the retreat and I’m sure you’ll meet some fab new friends!

    • Reply Kelly July 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Reply Sarah Lou July 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I definitely recognise the feeling of nervous excitement! Hope to meet you at retreat 🙂

    • Reply Kelly July 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

      I have read your blog post and I think I will be able to recognise you – the baby bump is a useful sign! I am getting so excited but I am not yet completely organised so I have better get my bottom in gear!

  • Reply Emily @ strawberry patch July 7, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Looking forward to meeting you at retreat. I got married in Lewes many years ago now!

    • Reply Kelly July 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

      How lovely, it is such a nice town. Looking forward to meeting you too.

  • Reply Elisabeth July 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I’ll see you in the Improv class, then. I’m really excited about next weekend and meeting all these lovely people. I’m very sure that you will not get a chance to look lost or sit in a corner, nobody did last year 🙂

    • Reply Kelly July 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

      That is really reassuring to hear, I am really looking forward to it.

  • Reply Rachel HouseofPinheiro July 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Kelly, looking forward to meet you there

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