Last week Wendy and I packed the car to full loading and headed out of town. Like a couple of criminals escaping from the routine, we were excited imagining the day trolling the streets of Berry (read shops!) and enjoying a bit of lunch on the quiet...that is quiet for me. Poor Wendy has to endure my constant chat but she seems able to just tune in and out with appropriate responses so all good! We travel a lot together so there is a comfortable rhythm to what we do together that is nice. We have a good pace and enjoy the day until our feet ache. No open door can be passed as we look for color, pattern and design, we give each other honest opinions and offer us suggestions that defy restraint. It feels good to hang with people when you know them well and trust them so much...quilters are good company.
I really enjoy workshops and sharing the quilting experience with new and familiar faces. In this case, working with my Wandering Mind fabric range it was exciting on a different level. I loved seeing other people working with the fabric and my pattern. Half the class were doing the kit and the other half were "playing" (the new term for sewing) with the pattern or the 60 degree shape. To be honest, I don't normally teach one pattern in a class but rather a concept so it was interesting to try to keep the mind from wandering...so to speak...to other things they could be doing either with the fabric or the pattern. I liked it.
Jess Wheelehan was working the pattern with her usual inspired choice of fabrics. The center star was beaded with saphire blue beads. The two yellow fabrics have an intersting relationship of high and low so the center virtually radiates. Look at how that lavender leaf just jumps out of the yellow in this case!
We had a visit from Lee with her quilt from last year. Last year it was an anything goes workshop. Lee came with more reproduction style fabrics and was working on a landscape project but saw this being done in another corner and successfully tried her hand in the newer world of contemporary designer fabrics. She's a natural!
It seems to me that we are all concentrating on finishing projects instead of starting new ones all the time and that is a trend we should encourage. There is so much satisfaction in finishing a project.
Have you ever tried to square up a hexagon quilt? It is a conundrum but I like this resolution. Firstly, I am obsessed with the border print of star flowers and also the strings of triangles which add so much energy to the pattern. The corners are cut from triangles...establish the edges with the 60 degree ruler and it comes together very easily.
While some were winding up their center panels, others were working on their "own thing" like Camille in the corner. Her triangles ended up being part of some made fabric that she was going to turn into a yoga bag. You know what it is like, when we finally get a chance to dash out for class and in the excitement forget one of the essential items...gym card, mat or towel....best to have all these items stored together and ready for the opportunity to dash!
We also had Crystal from two littel aussie birds working on the design wall with 60 degree triangles in a variety of scales.
This is my favourite way to work so it was fun to have someone jumping into the unknown and doing starting an exciting project. Lots of movement and color play going on here so I hope to be able to see where it ends up.
Thank you to Elizabeth from Berry Patchwork for staging such a fun event. We all loved teaching there, the people doing the classes were well looked after and the venue was full of artisic endeavors. The Moulon Rouge competion had some imagination overload entries as did Dijanne Ceval's Sentinals and the Ulluru quilts. Lots to see and inspire for sure!
Coming home from a weekend and heading off to work means I really should be doing some sorting of things piled around the house. The head is full of ideas so last night I just sewed moving over and around the piles!
If you are looking for a new project because you have finished the last one or even if you haven't but you want something for Spring perhaps you should pick up this month's Homespun.
This magazine is loaded with fun projects full of tender ideas that latch onto your heart and say make me with your hands! I am not a stitcher by any means but I want to make the tulips by Bronwyn Hayes and the camper van and the rest of these sweet projects.
If handpiecing tickles your fancy and you want to try Octagons instead of hexagons we have just the thing for cutting them from strips in solids! Octagon Templates make cutting this project from strips just the trick!
We also have Cath Babidge's adorable cot quilt that mixes the sewing tree range from Anni Downs with some wool shapes. The images in the fabric were so cute Cath made them with bits of wool. We saved some panels so if you don't have one and you have to make this one let us know!