Also my stomach muscles are sore, actually strained I think, from laughing. I'd been getting really nervous about meeting everyone, scared that Katy, Brioni, Lu, Tacha and John would think I was a frumpy sad old middle aged loser and exclude me and then sack me (insecure, moi?). But within five minutes of meeting them all outside the hotel, I was already laughing so hard I was hurting my tummy muscles. Amongst the things that made me laugh a lot were: Lu talking about my granny who's called Granny Smith "Granny Smith, ironically pear shaped"
John listing films to cry to: "Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, Hotel for Dogs"
Katy counting John's children "you don't need to include all the ones conceived at quilt market"
Tacha talking about Laura getting out her knitting on a date: "ooh, let me just finish this sock"
Terri talking about Brioni phoning Sandy for the first time in an unintelligible accent sounding Mexican: "Mexican - and I don't even like guacamole"
Amanda telling us what she might call a future child - Caoimhe pronounced Quee-va and John telling us what that meant in the US and actually blushing.
John after visit to French bakery: "they have these things called baynyay but they're just donuts"
Brioni talking in her sleep: "we must make sure we get the sewing machines ready" and later "ooooh
Mandy commenting on me asking if I should add a necklace to my outfit: "mmm, a bit office".
Lu, on seeing my "a bit office" outfit: "you don't look your age but you do in your office outfit"
Taking photo of Sarah Narcoleptic's quilt with Laura and taking care to hide all the ladies with boobies photos in the phone booth behind. Look, I'm wearing my "office" outfit and we're on tiptoes.
John showing us how he had to shower in a cubicle inches wider than him with the nozzle pointing at his belly: "every time I bent over, I opened the shower door with my butt" and "when I dropped the soap, I had to get out of the shower to pick it up".
Brioni singing and dancing to the Spice Girls' Who Do You Think You Are: "bend it something something something who do you think you are".
Katy winding up Lu over her fabrics "I think I'll make something with Lu's Somerfield line".
Lu reading John's instagram description of our last dinner "celebratory dinner" as "celebrity dinner".
I will blog about this event properly when I have got over the mourning of it being over but for now I am still too tired and too emotional to think straight. It was the best weekend ever. The FQ gang and extras were the best gang ever. Every single person who attended was the best person ever. The Baden Powell House crew were the best crew ever. You see? I'm too tired to write anything but complete emotional drivel so I'll stop now, go and unpack my bags, wash my sturdy pants (more on that later) and start planning for next year. Because counting the sleeps til next time is the only thing keeping me going today.