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.