Lynne Goldsworthy filled us in on the next Fat Quarterly Retreat in London, next month. There are still a few spots open for the event! This is part of our Go + Sew series featuring modern sewing conferences and retreats. We want you to hear about the fun well in advance and not just after the fact!

The Event: The Fat Quarterly Retreat
Do you enjoy sewing? Do you like hanging out with like minded people? Yes? Then the Fat Quarterly Sewing Retreat is for you! We have planned a fun filled weekend of silly games, sewing challenges, tutorial workshops and more! This is our second year hosting the Fat Quarterly Retreat. Last year we had 110 attendees and this year we will have 135 attendees.

Where + When?
Central London, England, this July 2013.


How much does it cost, and what’s included?
It costs £200 for a weekend pass which cover the whole event from Friday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime including classes, workshops and evening social events.

Lodging options?
Many of the attendees this year are staying in rooms in the venue itself, the Baden-Powell House. Other people are staying in local hotels.

Classes + Events:
We have workshops covering many aspects of quilting, sewing, blogging, photography, embroidery, crochet and even some graphic design. We also have table top classes which are shorter, more informal classes which take place– as the name suggests– around a table with 12-15 people.


This year we have the Fat Quarterly team of course: John Adams, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Breucher and me, Lynne Goldsworthy, and we also have Katy Jones, Mandy Noble, Laura Jane Taylor, Lucie Summers, Ruth Singer, Judith Dahmen, Trudi Wood, Julianna Gasiorowska and Joanna Wilczynska.

What does a typical day look like?
At any one time there are several workshops and table top classes. The workshops are three hours long and the table top classes are one and a half hours long so there is always plenty of activity throughout the retreat. Anyone not in a class at a particular time can probably be found in the bar with some hand sewing, chatting with a group of other attendees.


Are there other things to do in the area?
This is central London so there is plenty to do. Last year a local quilt shop held a special evening event linked to the retreat and this year we have a special trip organized for a few lucky attendees, details of which have not been revealed as yet but which include the word “Liberty…”!

Learn more and register at The Fat Quarterly.