Material Obsession is proud to present Sue Spargo! Sue will be touring Australia and doing workshops this April featuring her brand new pattern, Magnolia. We have long admired Sue's approach to folk art applique and the way she encourages everyone to interpret her designs in their own style. Her earthy color sense and quirky designs ring home for all of us no matter where we live! Sue describes the new quilt that will be introduced in two day workshops in this manner:
"This Magnolia Quilt was inspired by home, garden and family and by the setting in which I experience those three things - the small towns of Ohio. There is a town in Ohio called Magnolia. It is a wonderful place which I drive through on my way to my friend Cathy’s home on one of Ohio’s lakes. Magnolia has many old homes with lovely porches looking out onto colorful flower gardens.
In designing the quilt I challenged myself to use many of my collection of textural fabrics and embellishments, as well as hand-dyed wool and cotton prints. I was able to incorporate hand-dyed velvet, corduroy, taffeta silk and Japanese fabric as well as velvet ribbons, rickrack, hand-dyed yarn and beads.
I would like each student to have lots of enjoyment with this project, adding many of their own touches so that their finished quilt will be one of a kind." said Sue of her new project. In addition to Magnolia Sue will be teaching embellishing with this little project and explains the class as follows...
"Altered Texture Class - (one day workshop)
I have been dreaming about teaching this class for a long time and have taught it a couple of times in the US with wonderful success. I know what this has started a new direction for me. The idea of this class is that everyone starts with the same kit and pattern which is appliqué ahead of class and then we will be ready to spend a full day embellishing and creating a unique piece. It is amazing what each piece looks like at the end of the day. I will be bringing student samples to share."
These workshops will be available at Material Obsesion but if you don't live in Sydney you can do them at these great shops in their home towns: Addicted to Fabric, Quilters and Embroider's Store, Hatched and Patched and Amitie. For details of the workshops, contact your local shop listed here. Get in quick as I am sure the limited spots for this quilting opportunity will go fast! Sue may be dreaming of teaching these classes but I am sure we are all dreaming of sharing that experience with her!