2014 Sewing Retreat

Visit to High Leigh 7th - 10th April 2014

On Monday 7th April we set off for High Leigh Conference Centre, set in lovely grounds, in Hoddesdon, to spend four days of sewing, eating, drinking and laughing. My Mini and I in front, closely followed by Maureen with Ann-Marie her passenger. Apart from the wet weather we arrived in good time,, 3.30 pm. Jill was all ready for us in the Willow Room with the keys to our rooms. We unpacked, had a cuppa and got stuck in to our sewing.

2014 Retreat

The weather improved from Tuesday and the sun came out flooding the workroom with lots of light. Maureen and I decided, as did some of the others, to have a walk every day after lunch. We went off and found the bluebells in a wooded area off piste. We were thrilled to see a Park complete with lake the other side of the fence. Maureen climbed over the fence and it was then that I found out she has much longer legs than I have - ouch!! After recovering from a fit of the giggles and finding a gap in the fence, we walked in the park down to the lake, it was lovely. We found out it is called Barclay Park and was opened for the millennium. We followed the path that went back to the road and only a few steps to the entrance of High Leigh. Next year we will take the easy route! (But will it be as much fun?)

Back to sewing with renewed vigour. We all got our heads down and produced some lovely pieces.

There was another group there, Crew Hill Quilters, who were very friendly. We went and had a look at their work which was very varied, some of them came in to see us. The service and staff were excellent and we were extremely well fed and watered, and to cap it all we had a really good time with our lovely friends. Our thanks to Jill for organising another successful trip.

Pip, Maureen and Ann-Marie

High Leigh Christian Conference Centre


Here’s Val’s take on the retreat

13 Log Cabin Quilters have just returned home after a 4 day break/retreat at High Leigh in Hoddesdon and I bet most of us are a pound or so heavier than when we went. ! We did manage to do about 1 ½ hrs sewing in between the meal and coffee breaks ! In the sewing room there was lots of laughter and chat as well as some serious sewing. Jill took some UFO’s and amazed us with her finished work done at an alarming rate! Irene put us all to shame with her production line, the superb quality of her work and her wealth of ideas. She is now going to write a book about “My pets and other animals” !!!!!! Everyone seemed to get on well with their projects, finishing some and staring new ones. I was a bit disappointed with mine. I made a quilt top in a very simple design and in very bright colours but I had not bought enough border fabric to complete it. As it is for a friend I must consult before proceeding. I should push myself a little harder and be more adventurous but I am idle and like an easy life !!I I did make a couple of bags in genuine African fabric, and finished them so that pleased me.

There was another group of patch workers there from Crews Hill near Enfield and a calligraphy group as well as over 100 or more clergy and people (including children) from various Christian organisations.

We all got on well together and I enjoyed getting to know everyone a little better. We each had lovely twin bedded en suite room and the food was good.

Thank you to my travelling companions Margaret H and Jane H. and to everyone from LCQ who went. You all made my stay enjoyable.

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