After what has felt like an eternity, I finally got some time to sew. It didn't really matter what I sewed, just that I did. At first I felt rusty and awkward. So I turned the radio up and got to work banishing all care and worry from my mind. Ah, the simple breath of it.
This project just spilled out yesterday as if it had been waiting complete in my mind. It felt great. It still needs some quilting and fine tuning in some spots but progress has been made and just in time. I started this with Roslie Dace last year at AQC and then had to back burner it for all the other things on the go. Since I am returning to Rosalie's class this year at AQC I thought it better get nearly finished. Phew, what a relief.
Yep. Rugby season started this weekend. That number 18 on the bench is number two son waiting for his opportunity to go out there and get pummeled. Honestly, one has to wonder what the attraction is. Number one son has a whopping black eye and this one is covered in bruises but hey, "It's just rugby MOM!!!" The sensation of fear and tribal thrill came back straight away as I sat on the sidelines. Yikes. Soccer started too but the soccer is so much more civilized, so to speak.
So after a day of sport (10 hours of it) it is lovely to turn the mind to pretty things. Like the things that happen in Marg Sampson's class.
Some projects at the start look like they'll take forever but Kelly is moving right along with this one.
Check out these funky birds! As this quilt starts to take shape I fall more and more in love with Marg's work. There is a special, mad quality about fabric choices and randomness that creates unique pieces. The elements of design are a pure delight and every time I walk through the room my imagination goes nuts.
Hexagons are happening all around as well. We have just gotten delivery of Holy Peepers, acrylic hexagons templates for viewing and cutting fabrics. The fussy cut is addicting and the Holy Peepers give just the right amount of focus for deciding which parts of the fabric need to be revealed for the hexagons. As soon as they came in we packed them for Melbourne so I can't show you what they look like but they come in a range of sizes and will do the trick for these great projects.
The diversity in the shop never ceases to amaze me. From one day to the next we move from the sublime influence of Marg to Brenda Smith and her Stacks of Improvisation.
It starts with black and white and then becomes a rainbow of colors.
Buckets full of fabric become...
Brenda is scheduled to teach another workshop on 29 May featuring her Power Stripping class.
http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/ Check out her website for more info on it and if you are interested in booking into the class just ring or email us about it. These classes provide a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and to enhance your work.
In Design Circle last week we got to see a lot of progress. Alex pulled out several UFO's since we last met and had heaps to show. Check these out!
The design wall and a bit of a group discussion takes ideas one step further. Cath came in with a sense of where she was going with this Churn Dash quilt but a short time later it was completely different...enhanced. These blocks are randomly cut into half squares with out a ruler. By adding the sashing and then piecing into it this quilt takes on a new spirit of interest.
Better late than never, Sheena arrived having completed this stunner.
Sheena did the workshop with Brenda Smith last year. The piecing techniques she learned have been popping up in the latest projects and in Sheena style as you can see here. Remind me to get more close ups of this top which is a real journey.
Sheena is posing here with Beth, one of our Block of the Monthers visiting from Nebraska. It is surreal for all of us when we meet names from the various programs. It was great fun to meet Beth in person, show her the shop, introduce her to all the MO team and get a bit of an feeling for her. We had a lot of laughs with Beth before she headed out the door to further her Australian adventure! Wait til her sisters see what she got!
Deborah has her medallion center pieced together now and is looking at applique options for the surrounding borders. This photo does not do the color justice as this is such a fresh and lovely start to a quilt. What you can't see in this photo either is the delicious banana cake that Deb made for class. Between that and the fresh picked figs from Julie's garden we had a real treat for morning tea...just a bit of extra fun!
There's still more in the old camera file and more sewing to be done but a paint brush has my name on it for the afternoon. Then...it's nearly time to pack the bag and head off to Melbourne. Ah, the idea of a hotel room never seemed as good as it does today. No building materials in sight, no mud in the kitchen, no men! (that might be the best part!) Four solid months of living in door/ out door confusion is wearing on me. I need to put something down where it belongs and know it will be there when I get back to it and that it won't be covered in something. Enjoy. kathy