It is hard to believe all the wonders my eyes have seen in only five weeks of classes. Each day is a visual delight. We started out this year with a bang...A BIG BANG! with Kaffe and Brandon. Rosie has sent me her work so far and I am sure you will agree it is a winner!
Elaine visited us one Saturday and brought in this wonder quilt that she made with Brigitte Giblin. It is the kind of work that makes us drop what we are doing to stop and take note of the wonders within.
Careful planning and observation of what a fabric has to offer make quilts like this a treasure to behold. Brigitte is a master at composing quilts that epitomise traditional hand piecing and then helping her students do the same. It is a rite of passage and we were grateful that Elaine shared it with us...and that she picked my flowering vine for the backing fabric.
Brigitte is back teaching. We have a couple spots in the workshop next Monday 17 May. If you have never experienced her quilts it might be a good time to start a project with Brigitte to entertain your mind as the nights cool down and the days shorten. The workshops are fun and we serve a tasty lunch!
While Elaine was upstairs, Sue Cody was downstairs with her group of merry quilt makers. This is one of Sue's current quilts which is only available in classes at the moment. It captures the up to the minute themes we are seeing both in color and design.
Sue is always evolving with the times and offers a variety of great ideas for her students.
You can see they are all concentrating hard on what they are doing despite the fact that on this particular day Mr. Fassett and Mr. Mably were lunching just around the corner.
Another wonder woman with a needle and thread is Marg. Her classes sound like a laugh riot. People get busy being creative about taking their ideas to the limits. They may or may not start in the same spot but they all end up somewhere different.
Moira is using Japanses vintage textiles as a diving board into the deep end of design. She has done some fabulous work mixing old and new, techniques, colors and ideas to create a wonderfully individual piece.
Helen has been working on this applique medallion and is now moving to the next border. I generally drop in a few times during the class and see things appear and disappear, move and change as ideas and fabrics are auditioned,
Marg's latest trick is working the diversity of hexagons. We'll be having a one day workshop on this later in the year. Just when you think you know it all someone comes up with something new to think about and that might just be why we quilters are such a happy bunch of campers!
We all know that having a creative outlet is good for the soul. It takes our collective minds and spirits into a place of happy color and design. It is fun to peek into another person's mind for a second and see a free display of their choices. Learning to be uninhibited about this process is part of the plan.
And while I am talking special talents...Noah and Pat or Wild Native have been doing some open mic nights. I threw caution to the wind and went along to watch. What a thrill! In my day I worked for a while in concert promotion so I have seen them all up close and personal. However, there was never a greater thrill than watching these two guys sing their original material in a tiny bar crowded with their peers. This week they even have a paying gig so the tension is growing! Thing is they needn't worry because when you create from your soul it is always good. k