Last night I was in the same spot with my project on my lap. These hexagons are so easy to pick up and progress. Just when the mind says quit the fingers say go. Thoughts of the day run past the back of my mind and all is good.
Sue Cody's Harriot bom is coming along and looking fantastic. Helena is working her fingers to the bone to make the sample... So much fussy cutting hand sewing!
Megan Manwaring applied her Mini Mandala pattern to the range and did some great fussy cutting before appliquéd onto Kaffe's shot cotton solids with a stripe from the range for a border. Looks really beautiful on my table!!!! And shows off the potential of the fabric as well.
Last but not least is Come into My Parlour by Wendy Williams. Here we can see how the range can be used for Applique. Easy but dynamic shapes set on shot cotton and worked with Jane Sassaman's next range made this an enticing project...said the spider to the fly!
I made a few things too and their were ores that helped as well. Jan Foster of Red Shed Quilting did a beautiful job on my big quilt...too big to shoot this morning!
The very best part of market is meeting all the players. From the crowds to the exhibitors everyone has a story. Walking through the aisles is a slow process. The worst part of it all is remembering all the things I didn't get to...the best part is remembering all the great people. Long or short conversations were had all week with new and old friends. So much fun!
Tina from my publishers wearing this fancy dress she made! Yes, I believed that for a while!!!!
Renaissance ribbon made jewellery that sparkles in a different way.
Fun story makers.
Gorgeous quilt makers...gotta love Jane Sassaman.
Even empty booths can look like people we know!
More as my brain wakes up! K
"Why haven't you blogged?" Is a question I keep getting asked. Well, to be honest, one reason is that it's spring! I am on a renewed fitness routine that involves trying to do something active every day. Moving is important to me for mental as well as physical health. A session with weights, a quick walk, a yoga session, running up and down the stairs are all essential efforts made to keep my joints, muscles and bones working at a comfortable pace. I say it out loud so it sticks. Truth is it takes time, not a lot but time non the less. Being Spring means it is pleasurable to stop and smell the flowers!
The travel schedule this year meant that often my weeks were jammed into only a few days at home. My suit case sat outside my studio door all year waiting to be stuffed and unstuffed weekly. Looking back it has totally worth it to have seen so many beautiful places and met so many beautiful quilters and new friends!
In addition, at home we renovated...
This has certainly been the year of the wedge...from here to everywhere working wedges and color in shops and groups and guilds. I have thoroughly enjoyed it...seeing everyone get excited about mixing pattern and pattern, creating line and generally enjoying the process has been most rewarding. I have also enjoyed the people I have met and gathered as friends along the way.
Read more hereWORKSHOPS 2015 - Material Obsession
See you soon...k
The news is getting out so your I'd like to tell you myself....I am a FreeSpirit designer!
This doesn't happen over night. For over 12 years I have been buying fabric with great joy. It is my favourite part of the job of owning Material Obsession. ...It is also my favourite part of being a quilter. The rep walks in with his bag of treats and I start searching for the excitement... The ones that jump out and beg to be used...the fabrics that invite the others to play.
Quilting for me is about letting the fabric do the work. Why? Well I work full time and most weekends so tweaking out time to sew is important. BUT... More importantly I love finding the voice in a piece of fabric, the bit that says use me like this!
Like here, I got some samples of Denyse Schmidt's next range to play with so I got to thinking...I woke up with a vision one morning of stocks of flowers in a garden. Got the pile of fabrics...figured out how to make the leaf shapes growing up the stem and got busy.