By Maggie Colpus, Event Co-ordinator

A Jellytastic weekend with Sarah Soward and Terry Summerfield

At last, we were able to hold our Jellytastic weekend. It had been postponed from March, and we were back at our popular weekend venue – the Langstone Quays.

The whole class of 19 ladies arrived Friday afternoon to stay the night at their own expense. We all had dinner together which meant everyone got to relax and make friends before the class started at 10 a.m.  Some arrived heavily laden after shopping at Gunwharf Quays earlier in the day. Other had explored the local eateries for lunch. Some made use of the spa and swimming pool. Some even went to the beach for a walk and ice cream!!!


After breakfast everyone was eager and ready to start before 10 a.m. Valerie Nesbitt had welcomed everyone. Then Sarah Soward, assisted by Terry Summerfield, showed the class the quilt selection for the weekend (there was a choice of 3). Most had already chosen prior to the weekend and had done their prep homework. Sarah and Terry wandered round the sewing room to offer assistance and advice. Everyone had their heads down working hard and very soon all three ironing boards were in use.

Everyone could luckily take a break when they wanted as beverages were on tap all day.

After a light lunch everyone was back at the machines, stopping only to stretch their legs, get a drink or take a break away from the machines.

Sarah finished the day by giving a demonstration on a series of quilting rulers and what could be achieved using them

The class finished about 5.30 but several of the ladies stayed until supper to get their quilt top to where they were happy to leave it for the day.

We all met in the bar prior to dinner to just chill and people watch – that’s another story!!! After dinner several eager ladies returned to the sewing room whilst most were ready for bed after a full on day of sewing.


After a leisurely breakfast we were all back in the sewing room. Sarah showed the class the planned quilts for her next weekend with us on 12-13 March 2022. By lunch time most of the class had a quilt top and some had their borders on. Some were even at the layering stage. After a typical Sunday lunch, it was back to the classroom. Sarah showed everyone the quilts she has planned for our 1-2 October 2022 weekend.

Some of our ladies with journeys back to the West Country and all points north, left us at about 3 p.m.. The majority stayed until 4 p.m. to get their quilts to the stage that they could be finished at home, or at their local group.

Here are some of the comments we received after the weekend:

We are both looking forward to the next time we all meet up in October.

 It was great to be with everyone this weekend – See you in October,

 Many thanks for a very enjoyable weekend. I am very pleased with my quilt so far. I have just the outer border to do before layering and quilting it.   See you in October

I really enjoyed the weekend, and it was so lovely to do something ‘normal’ with other people and to have someone else do the cooking! Everyone seemed to enjoy it and I am really pleased with the way my quilt is shaping up.  It was great to see all your familiar faces too.  See you next October

What’s coming up….

In October, Sarah Soward is back again, this time getting scrappy at Langstone Quays in Hampshire on 2-3 October. Valerie Nesbitt is also there if you’d prefer to bring along your UFO’s, WIP’s and PhD’s or be inspired by a project of hers.

Later in October Gail Penberthy has a Fleece treats at her sewing weekend on 23-24 October at The Hogs Back in Surrey.

You are always welcome to join us in the sewing corner as a day or residential student on all our weekends, if you don’t fancy booking a class. This is subject to availability. You can finish your UFO’s or even start a new project without interruptions.

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Come and join us and escape for the weekend at one of our upcoming retreats – you’ll find full details here.  For any questions just click on the Contact Us button