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The Thread House Retreat 2018 Report

And so our second Thread House Retreat has come and gone!

We returned to Folly Farm in Bristol with another 45 Retreaters from around the world for a jam packed weekend of workshops, fabric, frolicking and fun!

We started things off on Friday afternoon with a fabulous goody bag  (thank you to all our amazing sponsors!) and a name tag swap before heading to one of three workshops. I was teaching Improv Flowers, which was great fun and my students produced some amazing panels, including Cath’s on the left and Jen’s on the right (I love how happy they both look!). Karen taught Screen Printing and Kerry taught her FPP Kitchen Trio blocks at the same time.

The evening was spent swapping fabric (left) and storage pots, and enjoying the delicious food provided at the venue.

On Saturday Karen taught Lino Printing, Kerry Small Piecing and I taught a workshop for Overall FMQ patterns.

We were so pleased that Anna from the Eternal Maker brought along her pop-up shop again on Saturday!

After lunch Karen repeated the Screen Printing, Kerry taught her Japanese-style Cross-back Apron and I taught my Tendrils Project Pouch. And here are a crop of the fantastic finished pouches!

On Saturday nighty we had an epic Lucky Dip with a prize for everyone, some of them huge prizes!  And then we had Show and Tell!!

What a talented bunch of Quilters!

Here’s Mary with her stunning Welsh Blanket Quilt, and on the left Kate’s ‘Long Time Gone’ quilt top, made from a bundle of Karen’s fabric that she won at last year’s Retreat!


I was delighted to see this gorgeous version of my Crockery Cupboard Quilt made by Jacqueline. Pattern available here.

Tori came along to the Retreat with her mum Mary. The weekend was Mary’s birthday treat and on Friday night Tori presented her with the most AMAZING quilt! We asked Tori to tell it’s story during Show and Tell…

All the blocks and motifs mean something to Mary and the details are really awe inspiring.  What a fabulous daughter! Which means Mary must be a equally fabulous mum 🙂

We had a little quilt drive slot for Siblings Together. The wonderful Nicky and Jenny who organise the 100 quilts that the charity need every year gave a little talk about this wonderful project and asked for help to form another bee. And it looks like we might just have a Thread House Siblings Together Bee! And Catrin donated this beautiful heart quilt, one of my favourites from the whole night (which is saying something!).


Here are the students from Kerrys’ class showing off both sides of their fabulous aprons.

I taught my Tendrils Project Pouch again on Sunday morning, while Karen taught her Technique and Tips class.

I love the pouch that Catrin made from pieces she produced in her other classes. That star block was from Kerry’s class and she used her screen printing here too, and for one of the leaves of her tendrils on the other side.

It’s a TTH Retreat memory pouch!

Talking of Retreat Memory Projects, I was delighted to see this photo from Sue who came along to last year’s Retreat and made this stunning panel from all the pieces she made at all her classes!! She finished this weekend and it was so lovely to see it as we packed up on Sunday afternoon. Beautiful work Sue and I love the quilting!

Lastly I am pleased to present our Thread House Retreat 2018 Medallion Quilt!

Karen and I designed the quilt using our class samples from this year’s workshops and Kerry made extra blocks from her Small Piecing class which we added too. It’s made completely with Karen’s new Blueberry Park 3 collection (out in May!) and is an exclusive pattern for all this year’s Retreaters!

I had hoped to get it quilted and bound before retreat and the pattern finished too. But I got quite ill a week before retreat and I just ran out of time.  I’m really looking forward to quilting this over the next couple of weeks though.

Wow what a fabulous weekend! As Kerry said in an email today, being at retreat makes me feel all ‘warm and fuzzy’. It’s something about sharing a passion with lovely, friendly, generous people, and gettign away from it all to sew, chat and laugh – what could be better!

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First Pattern Release


Our first patterns launch today

Yes the wait is over! You can now buy any of our six The Thread House patterns as a digital download by clicking here.

Jo, Lynne and Karen have designed two quilts each for this first pattern release, offering a wide variety of styles and techniques. At the moment the patterns are only available as a download but paper patterns will be coming soon. Plus look out for some pattern giveaways popping up on our individual blogs and Instagram accounts over the next few days.

We do hope you love our new quilt patterns as much as we do and enjoy making your own version. We’d love to see your finished quilts, and as an extra incentive we are offering a prize (TBA) for the first finished version (quilted and bound) of a TTH pattern posted on Instagram using the hashtag #thethreadhousepatterns

On your marks, get set, go!

Retreat workshops announced!

January seems a long way off but we thought you would like to know the workshops we will be teaching at our first Thread House Retreat.  Jo, Karen and Lynne will be teaching two half day workshops each, details of which are below. As well as these structured periods we will be offering more informal demos during the evenings in a range of subjects. We hope you are as excited about these workshop as we are!

We will send you a form for choosing classes, swap sign ups and giving any other information like dietary requirements by the end of September. We will let you know which classes you have been allocated along with a full supply list for each class by the end of November, leaving you plenty of time to get organised before the event.


The Thread House Retreat – 27th – 29th January 2017

We promised you more information about our first retreat – it has gone out in our first newsletter and we are now sharing here too.  Tickets for the retreat go on sale at 2pm on Friday 17 June – click here to buy.  The retreat is being held at Folly Farm near Bristol which has a range of accommodation with all rooms being for either 2 or 4 person occupancy. Below are the room options along with per person prices. If you would like to book a whole room for you and a friend/friends then click on the quantity for that room. You can click on one if you are just buying for yourself and would like to be paired with someone.

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Twin en suite    £395
4 Bunk ensuite    £375
Twin 2 bunk sink and/or toilet    £370
4 Bunk, bathroom upstairs    £350

To secure a room you will need to pay 25% deposit. We will require the 75% balance by the end of November.  Your ticket price includes accomodation, all meals, teas and coffees as well as workshops during the weekend and of course a goody bag.  Transport is not included – you will have to make your own way to the venue.

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All workshops will be taught by Jo, Lynne and Karen. We will be offering a choice of classes using a range of techniques and to suit all skill levels. There will be organised swaps to add to the pre-event excitement and to help us get to know each other better during the weekend.

There is a bar at the venue and we will be organising some fun evening activities. However there will also be plenty of space and time for those who would like some quiet, focused sewing or relaxing. We’re also planning to host a pop-up shop by one of the leading UK stores for some or all of the weekend!  Our first retreat will offer camaraderie, learning new skills, and time for yourself, with an emphasis on friendliness and fun. We do hope you will be able to join us!

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You will find more information about the retreat and our patterns on the FAQ page of our website.  All newsletters will be published on our blog for future reference. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or thoughts by emailing

And we launched!

We (Jo, Lynne and Karen) have been working very hard behind the scenes to get The Thread House off the ground.  And this week we finally launched the website.  Next, we’re concentrating on getting our first retreat up and running and after that we will launch our first range of patterns so stay tuned!

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