Although I was teaching at Patchwork In The Peaks, I certainly learned a few things from my fellow Peaksters, so I thought I would do a little round up of them all here. The retreat tradition is not to identify the attending parties by full name, so I’ve just used their initials, however I’m sure they all know who they are!
From C – how you can applique a big bit of something onto a background with only a border of fusible interfacing, genius way to avoid projects that are stiff as a board!
From H – if you’re sewing those pull through openings for pockets, starting in the centre rather than the corner means you get less backstitch bulk at one corner
From J – how to get nice edges around curved portholes when turning them through, by pressing it flat around the seam before pulling it through. Oh, and how to use some equilateral triangles to create a cute little gift bag
From JJ – there’s nothing a bit of green can’t improve, and that it’s really possible to produce a quilt in an hour if you don’t fart around indecisively
From L – tacking creates super neat finishes, especially around zip openings for inset zip pockets
From F – don’t sleep through your airport alarm ;o)
From N – a 40 year break from bag making doesn’t mean you forget how
From K – how to alter an outer pocket to make it into a flap to slip over a pull along suitcase handle
From L – computers are the way to go, digitise everything! Oh, and you can actually get sewing machines with alarms to remind you to go to bed or pick up the kids
From M – how to love ironing… Well, maybe not, sorry M!
From W – you can look more elegant at 86 than the teacher less than half your age (I suspect it’s good to practice this from a young age though ;o) )
From E – it’s still possible to run an extremely successful event while under the weather
From G – how to make a positive bouquet of flowers and some delectable macarons
From H – we missed you!
A final shot of the gang outside the chalet:
I'm looking at that pic and really struggling to find an 86 year old!
It sounds like you had a great time and learnt a lot. My favorite – not to sleep through your alarm!
3 cheers for all you Peaksters!!
Ah so by only identifying them by initial you can sort of keep the 'what goes on Retreat stays on retreat' thing?
Please tell me the 86 yr old is not in the picture!
Just checking, I see the Little Man.
I, too, am searching in vain for an 86 year old in that photo!!
Thank you Katy for the detailed briefing, I have already placed the Peaks in my wishlist!
86 must be the new 60 which makes me a teenager.
I cannot spot the 86 year old either! And I agree, there isn't anything that makes ironing enjoyable, except ignoring it and going creased!
hmm, what about "watch out for sneaky tiptoeing horses" ??? Hugs 🙂
There's hope for us all then, that is good to know 🙂
Great list! And I might add that I learnt during PitP that half an airplane bag makes a perfectly acceptable bustier… Thank you for all your wonderful teaching. You are simply a gem. JJ
Damnit, how did I forget that? lol
Lol! triangles to gift bags? Anything i can steal for a class???
No way! Which lady is 86? Bloody European clean living and the sun not as harsh as in Australia!
First off, thanks to Katy over & over again for the patience of a saint to walk us through those lovely bags! Secondly, no, my 86 year old gran isn't in that photo. She was off having a last minute lovely walk by the nearby lake. But I'll have to say that I'm lucky to have those good genes. Hope I'll look that nice at 86 too! My silly mother is the one who loves to iron. I'm glad I did NOT inherit that trait!