Well...Well...Wellington. My husband always makes fun of me because everywhere I go I imagine that I could live there and Wellington is just one of those places. I think they might get sick of me marveling about all the things that I love but really, I get this place. The people are down to earth and resoundingly resourceful. The streets are full of people on foot going to do normal things. Traffic hasn't slowed once even in peak hour...there is a feeling in the air of creativity. Having said that I have spent the last four days in quilt land with the Capital Quilters. Saturday I attended their meeting, saw lots of their quilts and gave a bit of a talk. I didn't see anyone leafing through library books while I talked so I assume they were entertained...it was fun to get to see some of their quilts and to hear the stories that went with them.
What a great border treatmetn here. I think se said the whole quilt started to use that bottom right hand corner fabric...
The Towrags shared their stories and quilts later in the day. This is a special group of quilters. They have a great sense of humour and adventure in their group and in their quilts. I have been treated to a viewing of a video of an event they did last year for the Wellington Fringe festival which revealed a Calendar Girls approach to a quilt show. 71 Quilts were displayed and a story told linking all the quilts by their names. It was clever, funny, personal and generally a very entertaining event that drew crowds. I have to say I had quilt group envy. I felt wide eyed listening to their stories of over a decade of friendship making quilts.
Irene and her husband made this one. Yep, the dad quilted too!
These suffolk puffs were stuffed with a bit of wadding so this quilt has a bit of weight to it as well as the charm of puffs!
No two quilts looked a like which is another testament to the group that they remain individual in their styles.
I noticed when Sheryl was showing me her quilts that they looked a bit familiar. One of them, called Woodstock had been my favorite at the AQC show a few years back...Fancy coming over here to discover I was meeting a quitler I really admired! She does a great job of appliqueing these flowers onto quilt tops!Sheryl organised my visit here and she has done a great job.
The three days of classes so far have been filled with fabulous, enthusiastic quilters. They work really hard all day! It is fun to note the similarities as well as the differences but I have to say I have really enjoyed the quilters and their work. Each day passes so quickly it seems we are only setting up and then packing up and then setting up again!
We spent two days doing Soul Searching and at the end there were lots of blocks and lots of progress working through their stashes. Then we did a day of working with templates which was just as colourful!
Aren't they all gorgeous!!!! Oh yeah and the blocks are great too!
And then, it is time to vanish without a trace until we meet again on Thursday!
Tomorrow is a bit of a rest day but we have managed to plan some shop visits and then a signing session at Minerva Books. May I just say that after a bit of an inspection of Minerva Books last night I might suggest that it is the most engaging book store on the planet...I could hardly hold a conversation together as there were so many beautiful books catching my eye. Planning on spending some serious time there tomorrow!
Thank you to all of you that have been doing my workshops...each day has been a quilting treasure! ta ta for now...k