Wendy's workshops are always a whir of creativity. We joke in the shop that she is a quilting machine as she brings in something new every week (and usually nearly finished). I am sure you know the type...we talk, she does! One day Bundle showed her some fussy cut hexagons she was doing for a project. Sideways glances accompanied giggles as we all collectively thought...this will slow her down to our speed...but NO! She continues to whip up projects with hexagons to the delight of her classes and our collective angst. Since this trick didn't work we are thinking of chaining her up in the dungeon. Or even worse, I could show you this hastily taken photo of one of her hexagon projects and sadly she looks terrible...ok. I tried to do it but I couldn't. I'll have to take a good photo of her with her quilt and show you that.
Anyway, she is not the only one churning out great projects. I have had this little ditty in my camera and realized I hadn't shown it off.
During the school holidays Lee brought her son Gus into the shop. They were mid project on a quilt that he had designed and needed more fabric. Ok. GO! I got all excited and started to quiz Gus about what he wanted to do with the project and his life (boys are my favorite theme!). I thought he might just wring his hands right off his wrists so I reluctantly moved away from the pair of creative genuises. Gus was obviously not going to wax lyrically about his idea in front of me but Lee was pretty on top of the plans.
Here she is in Wendy's workshop with what they have done so far. Here we have it all...an original idea, worked out and made up.
Gus chose the colors and Lee sewed it up under his close scrutiny. Are these kinds of projects the things we live for with our kids? Working in harmony...sharing ideas...making something together? Lee told us about her "problem" areas and the bits that weren't perfect but what shows more than all that is the process of developing the idea from start to finish. A process that involves lots of working things out.
Yesterday I got to share something with one of my boys...
Yes, that my friends is a basketball court. After 20 years of raising boys finally...FINALLY...one of them plays a sport I can actually understand!!!!!! Noah has traded his cricket gear in his last year of school for basketball!!!!!!! As we walked into the gym I could hear the squeaking of rubber soles on the floor...I could smell the slightly sweaty smell of the gym and hear the echo of the encouraging shouts. I wanted to yell out my own chants from high school days. Ah yes. It felt good to understand for a change!
Then I saw this...
... blurry from the speed at which things happen on the court was a guy I reckognized from the rugby field and my Noah had to mark him. Sorry about the blurry photo but I had to hold the camera on my lap and look the other way to take it. Now that I have a blog and my boys sometimes appear on it they have taken to making rude gestures when I get the camera out. Unlike me, they are a bit shy.
Some of you may know but some may not that we have a "school of the air" program. In much the same way as mothers taught their daughters to sew with small projects, we do the same. The Dolly Quilts are small projects that we select based on a specific technique, color pattern or design direction that is trendy in the shop. It is easy for us to capture that idea and kit it up. This month we are using the devine Reece Scannell shott cottons and a small Drunkard's Path template. We work out the instructions in great detail so they are easy to make at home. This one is made my Cath, our resident controller of all things small and wonderful.
Martha Negly has out done herself with this latest range of grapes and leaves. They look beautiful with the new solids and even some reproduction fabrics and Aboriginal designs as well. We were doing the class schedule which is to be released at SWAP Day this year but we got distracted by color.
And just what do we have here? Call me the MASTER! I got my husband to the shops this weekend. He's a guy that hates to buy clothes. In fact, most days he walks around in clothes just a few minutes from falling apart. He is oblivious to this fact most days but recently for some reason he woke up to the fact that it simply was TIME. Yesterday I was able to drag him away from his shovel and take him shopping. A few hours later and loaded up with new shirts, pants, shoes and shorts we found these chairs at Freedom...
That is it for today....off to hit the to do list. Enjoy. k