We are about half way through our workshop tour and have managed to balance work and play really well. The workshops are fun and hopefully rewarding for all as we break the code of what is expected and churn out something new based on working pattern with pattern, using big prints and working color in new ways. I am always thrilled to find eager minds in my classes. It is exciting to work with quilters that are excited by the fabric as much as I am.
At the Bernina Connection in Phoenix we explored Wedge Log Cabin which looks like this at the start:
When I design a quilt it is often with the intent to use fabric that I see people shy away from in the shop. Not that they don't like it but more that they are unsure what to do with the fabric. In this case, I turned to my fascination with stripes and used them to make exciting, graphic blocks using a wedge. Then in the border we used a Jane Sassaman stripe that I love. The changing colors of the stripe make it look like a lot more work went into the border than actually did...always a bonus. This quilt is in my Mixing Quilt Elements book available now on our website.
There were lots of other great blocks, each one different in style from the others which always makes for a great class. We can look around the room and get lots of ideas from everyone else's work. Check out my instagram page for up to the minute reports on what gets done: matobsgirl. While on that topic, the gals back home have started a page for Material Obsession on instagram. Sign in to materialobsession for latest delivery of products and fabrics...class and workshop info etc. Very handy!
We ended our stay at the Bernina Connection with a lecture and trunk show. It was a wonderfully interactive event. Thanks to Diane and Val for such a great event in their shop which continued to reveal delights through out the workshops. I love shopping with the people in my workhsops!!! So much fun...until next time...
From there we ventured into the desert for a night, hike and drive to San Diego over the mountains. It went from 32 C to 8 C in about an hour! We had to change clothes in the car just to get out for lunch!
We move again tomorrow but have been in San Diego for a week of working with the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild and visiting Noah as he wraps up six months of university here. Nice balance of work and play...more later...enjoy your happy trails! Kathy