Thank you to Theresa who has suggested that perhaps this be my new portrait shot. Seriously considering it... Thank you to Jenny for bringing in her beautifully embellished Sue Spargo block. The detail could go on forever. Nothing like an insect to make it seem real...and check out that couching!!!
The beads, the layers...it all works.
Congratulations to the five winners of Book two and thank you so much to all the rest of you that have come in or phoned up for a copy. It is a heartwarming experience to be so supported. I hope you love it and find the inspiration you seek inside. And for he six of you that supported Jason, thanks for that as well. The cd went to Sally, last but not least! Enjoy the music...
The school holidays are over but just before we brought them to a close we had a Gypsy Kisses workshop for Kay, Chris, Wendy, Joy and Karen. These girls got busy!!
The gals came down from Newcastle (and DARWIN) to do the class with stacks of fabrics to make the quilt. We spent a bit of time talking about the design elements and then everyone got down to work. It was a very productive day with fabulous results from everyone! Chris used retro colors and is setting hers on a piece of Arcadia after considering lots of different options.
I don't think Wendy finally decided on this pretty background but it did look good with her first few sets.
In one day we made a lot of progress picking fabrics, establishing the direction of the quilts and foundation piecing. It will be fun to see them progress over the next few months. This quilt has lots of stages so we'll keep you posted. Each one looks different...and lovely.
The next day was just as visually exciting. Sue Ross was in the house and the walls were alive with color and graphic energy...
Sue has admittedly been working on this one for a while, each block a journey through color choices, each one with a personality of it's own but all of them working together really well.
This pattern has so much going on that eyes were popping out of heads, in a good way. The actual piecing doesn't look too tricky but each block has been carefully considered. It's a structured scrap quilt and no matter what they did it was working really well. Sue brings out the best in everyone.
Kate is making progress with her hand pieced blocks. It'll be good to see them on these backgrounds soon.
Sue also left us these bundles of gorgeous wools to sell for the Sue Spargo kits to be couched from one corner to the next.
So, as you can see, works in progress all over the place. The new design wall is already covered in threads but proving to be just what we all need to get these acts together...no wonder I am cross-eyed...how much gorgeous stuff can one gal take! More later, I promise after three more days of classes already this week.
AND, if you are in Sydney don't forget the Eastwood Quilters Show this weekend at Brush Farm. It's a show that always has something for everyone and in the new venue it will be a great day out. If you need more info ring the shop on 9817 2733 for details. Enjoy! k