Fiona, Elise and Amber all started classes at Material Obsession nearly
five years ago. I met them when they started by chance as they are all working full time and it was Sarah's evening class which she was unable to make it so I was filling in. It was an exciting and memorable night as we all gathered to learn to make quilts only to find that
the shop (and that the entire suburb) was having a black out! It was a
nice summer night and trying to make the best of a bad situation we sat
on the steps and chatted for a while in the dark...and then gave up and
went home. Anyway, the lights eventually came back on and these three
quilters are here to prove it.
Elise, famous for starting to swim in the deepest end of the pool, started her version of Dorothy Grace with Anna Maria Horner's first line of fabric at the Material Obsession retreat over two years ago. I think that sometimes we give the impression that these quilts just appear overnight, as if by magic, but this is not always the case. Elise has since moved to sunny Brisbane so I was delighted to see this photo of the quilt finished. The dappled sunlight adds a nice dimension allowing us to see that Elise has really quilted this quilt. It doesn't matter that it took a long time, just that she finished it and it is gorgeous.
Then yesterday Fiona brought in this beauty that she started (also at a Material Obsession retreat) an we all had a huge oooooohhhhhhhh, aaaaaaaahhhhhhh session. It just shimmers like colorful exotic fish swimming just below the surface of the water It was a lucky coincidence that I got to see this quilt as Fiona works during the week and I am not usually there on a Saturday.
Amber is another working gal that has persisted with her quilts. She stole an afternoon off to come in and pick a border for this, her latest project. It is a slashed quilt block using some of our favorite fabrics and topping it off with a spectacular border...and smile!
It is heartwarming to see all these quilts and their makers continue to make quilts despite full time jobs and lives. The creative urge is strong...which I am sure if you are reading this blog you know this truth to be self evident!
Another quilter that has been with Material Obsession a long time is Kellee. Kelle did this tesselation quilt in Brigitte Giblin's class last term and brought it in finished recently. This quilt is pieced over papers and has fantastic, you might even say Tesselating movement! The border, again a favorite Anna Maria Horner fabric is finished off with a lovely fringe and...wait for it...this quilt is bagged, not quilted! It is almost frightenign to finish off a quilt without quilting but in this climage a nice cover with no wadding is a wonderful thing to behold!
Some of you may have seen a Simply Quilts show recently that featured a bit of a slash style quilt. Kellee immediately hopped into action and made this from what she learned on the show.
It looks like a fun quilt to make when you want to use a favorite color combination or if you need a quick but pleasing result. So, some quilts take time and some don't! Kelle also finished the two latest dolly quilts and brought them in for us to see. What a graphic image! I'd like to see both these quilts done big now!
I am practicing self restraint (read dashing off to shower for year 8 family Mass at St Aloysius this morning) but just wanted to put a date on all your calendars. The Eastwood Quilt show is coming up!
This show always promises to impress viewers with a staggering range of beautifully made quilts by the members of this well established group. This year the show will be held the first weekend in May and is moving to a new but very historic venue, Brush Farm House. Brush Farm on Lawson St. Eastwood has recently been refurbished and although I haven't been there yet myself I am looking forward to going...and setting up a shop on the verandah for the show.
Raffle tickets are available at the shop for their lovely raffle quilt. Pop in for more information anytime. Dashing off...enjoy your results no matter how long they take....kathy