Friday, 1 June 2012

The End, and a Finish...Que Sera Sera

I had to make a really difficult decision yesterday.

By now I should be in London in SW7 with my roomies Susan and Laura Jane , laughing and joking, soaking up the Jubilee weekend stmosphere and getting excited for our weekend of sewing at the FQ Retreat. It was the reason Zaki and I came over. While we of course came to see my mum, we probably wouldn`t have been over so soon.

Anyway I`m not.  I`m still at my mum`s. I`ve been feeling rotten all week and with zero energy I couldn`t face going to London and not feeling one hundred per cent and potantially ruining other`s fun. It was really hard to say no. After 5 months of counting down to this weekend, I`m totally gutted that I won`t be part of it.

A huge thank you to Susan and Laura Jane for being so sweet and for Laura Jane`s incredible negotiations with the hotel.  You`re the best!

So now I`m a spectator and can`t wait to see what everyone gets up to...perhaps next year I`ll get to meet my bloggy friends.

A couple of days ago, I finished up the orange and pink Siblings Together quilt, which I was hoping to hand deliver at the retreat. Instead, it will be mailed as soon as I have it labeled.


The lovely pink and orange fabrics were kindly donated by Jennifer  (Bessiemae on flikr).  I used Jennie`s curved ruler to create the vase shapes and sashed it with white kona.

I backed it with some orange, purple and pomegranite Klona...sorry for the cheeky monkey blocking the view but my mum`s arms were aching and so I couldn`t get another shot.


I kept the quilting very simple so that it was a squishy smushy quilt just right for a cuddle...


and bound it using some Kaffe Fasset dots.


It is a little matchy matchy but I think young girls probably like matchy matchy...so a huge thank you to Bessiemae, and I shall get this in the post to Siblings Together very soon!



If you would like to see the name tag I made for Katy, she tweeted it here. It`s based on her tattoo, which you can see here.  I know Katy loves Liberty fabrics so I used them for the binding and the backing.

Having just read that Liberty`s will be at the retreat with their new amazing range of Lifestyle fabrics, I`m off to sulk.

To everyone who hasn`t yet left for the retreat, or is reading this on their laptop, just have the most amazing time.

37 comments:

Charlotte said...

so so sad I won't get to meet you, and very sorry for you missing the fun. We will all sit around in silence the whole weekend in your honour, so you don't miss anything.
Feel better soon x

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

:( Hope you feel better soon x
Your Siblings quilt is just beautiful

Catherine said...

nooooooooo! Can't believe that I'm not going to meet you:-( So sorry that you're not feeling yourself. I have something to give you, can you let me know your address while you're over here (assuming you are here for a while longer?)or happy to post abroad

Catherine said...

Oh, what a shame! I hope you feel better soon. The girly reaction to your Siblings Together quilt here was that it's "GREAT". Nice pics too:-)

Archie the wonder dog said...

I hope you feel better soon xxx P.S. Love the Sibs quilt!

diane said...

Oh my, I am so sad for you. ALl the planning, travel and anticipation. Feel better soon. I guess we'll experience FQ retreat together for the first time, next year!

diane said...

Beautiful siblings together quilt

Lori said...

this is a beautiful quilt.
your model is grand also, LOL
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Kelly said...

Gutted for you Annabella and sad that I won't get to meet you. Get better soon xxx

Sunnybec said...

Oh Sweetie I am so sorry, I know how much you were looking forward to it. Your siblings quilt is lovely someone is going to just love it. Big Hugs xxxx

Cindy said...

That stinks all the way to Texas.

I don't pretend to know why stuff like this happens, but I do trust that God has His reasons and they are good.

Get better sweet one.

Toni said...

So sorry you are feeling crummy, Annabella, but even more sorry you are missing out on meeting your friends! If it is any consolation, that quilt is just fabulous! Love the colors and design. Some little girl is going to be totally thrilled!

Kati said...

So sorry for you to miss the retreat. I know you have been looking forward to it so much. I'm so sad for you. Your quilt is adorable though.

Enchanted Bobbin said...

So sorry to hear this, Annabella :( You did an absolutely beautiful job on your ST quilt, and I know your presence will be missed at the retreat. Feel better soon!!!

Flying Blind... said...

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Jenelle said...

Oh no. :( I'm sorry you are feeling yucky and especially that it coincided with your big weekend! I know how much you have been looking forward to it. Your quilt is really lovely though and it will make a little girl extremely happy I predict. I think you are right about the colors being perfect too. Have a good visit with your mom and feel better! :)

Marls said...

So sad for you and hope you fel better soon.

Patchwork and Play said...

That is such bad news! You must be so sick AND gutted at the same time ..... :-((. Get better and don't feel too sad... Your quilt is lovely!

two hippos said...

So sad I won't get to meet you at the retreat, do hope you feel better very soon. Love your quilt!

tusen said...

Hope you feel better soon. And I hope you will be able to get there next time.

linda said...

awwww poor you hope you will be feeling better soon, quilt is gorgeous !!

Cherie said...

OMG that is awful! Hope you feel better soon!
Great quilt! =D

Leanne said...

I hope you are feeling better soon. I am so sad to miss meeting you in person.

Dolores said...

Oh dear, hugs from me. Sorry you're still feeling rotten.

dxx

Dolores said...

How could I forget to say the quilt is perfect!!

Little Nan said...

So so sorry! There is so much going around! Back here in Down Under, everyone is run down and I too am struggling with a terrible head cold! Not fair that you will miss out on something so wonderful! You need to curl up with that gorgeous quilt and get better soon! x

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Aw Annabella, can't believe you didn't get to go :-( So sad for you. Hope you are feeling better soon, and your quilt is gorgeous!!!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

I'm sad on your behalf :( I know that must have been a tough call to make. sending you love and hugs!! (but wishing you were here)

Isisjem said...

Oh no!!! I'm completely gutted for you. I can only imagine how crap you feel on top of feeling crap. I made the decision quite early on to not go 'in case' I was ill because of the expense I'd stand to lose and also because I expected (hoped) to be spending the weekend with Chief. I knew how gutted I'd feel if I had to pull out the day before so I can completely imagine how awful it's been making this hard decision. :-( Big hugs to you. Hopefully it will be on again next year and we can both go! I hope someone swiped a goody bag for you. Quilt is fab btw. Get well soon xx

Rafael's Mum said...

You were missed Annabelle. I was looking out for you after writing to you and was sad you were not well. I did see Zaki in the distance at some point (delivering the quilt with dad maybe?) and he is absolutely gorgeous! Hope to be seeing you next year there!! (and hope you are feeling better now!)

Karen said...

Am so, so sorry you weren't able to come, but hope you are feeling better soon....you'll just have to take a wee trip across the Irish sea sometime instead - I know Zaki would love the cows & the hens!!!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Such a shame you didn't make it...you wouldn't believe how many of us were walking round the room asking 'where's Annabella?'.....we missed you! There is talk of a few stitch teasers coming to visit you at some point....you know the thing if Mohammed won't go to the mountain.....so hopefully see you before too long!! Get well soon and enjoy the rest of your trip to the UK!

Inspiredbyfelix said...

Hello Mrs, can i just say that quilt is fabby-doodle-dee-dah?! Great choice of binding too, I love it. As I said before, so so sorry you missed out on the fun. I hope you enjoy the rest of your UK stay xx

Quilter in the Gap said...

That stinks!!!!!! I hope you feel better soon.

Nicky said...

I was looking forward to meeting you Annabella! Rats - you had better make it next year or we will all have to come to Morocco to seek you out!

Katy Cameron said...

So sad we missed you :o( Next year you'll have to wrap yourself in cotton wool for a month beforehand!

Very Berry Handmade said...

So sorry you didn't make it! What a shame... I hope you are feeling very fully recovered now.

Gorgeous quilt!