Lately I have felt run over by a bull dozer. That comes with the realisation that we are half way through 2012 today!!!! WHAT THE?! Where did it go? The rush of it all has left me in a state of wondering if I would ever feel energy surge again as I wanted nothing but sleep. The deep rest was needed and the escape from routine did as planned... I woke up this morning and instead of moaning that it was morning I got straight up and headed to yoga with excitement. Ah, the awareness of breath. Yoga is a process of rejeuvenation as I remember my breath. Deep in a stretch I heard my teacher say, "if you feel this to be a challenge, don't shy away but sink into it." Ah, the lessons we learn in life! As I pushed through my heels I vowed to make those words part of my every day practice. Push beyond the initial limit...go a bit further into living the life one breath at a time. Now that I am home the feeling of the quilting circus is back upon me so...Hurry Hurry Step Right up as the show is about to begin!
In the first ring we have the Hunters Hill Quilt Show scheduled for 10, 11, and 12th of August at the Hunters HIll Town Hall. Always an exciting show of quilts made by the members, the profits from the show go to Giant Steps, a school for Autistic children. Giant Steps provides a fantastic service to the families of children with Autism which is a pervasive development disorder that affects social and communication skills and, to a greater or lesser degree, motor and language skills. The school was founded to help educate children and families experiencing autism, to alleviate associated stress and to guide in the achievement of measurable result. Many of us know the struggle of families coping with children that need help. The time and dedication to these children and their families is honorable so it is with a happy heart that we contribute to this worthy cause with the efforts of our own time.
You too can contribute. These two quilts hang side by side and are on offer as first and second prize in the raffle. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available at the shop. Be sure to pick up tickets the next time you visit us. If you are out of town and would like to be in the raffle I will post the quilts to you free of charge if you win. First place gets the choice of the quilts so we would have to know which one you prefer!
So, if you are relaxed in the stretch that is your life and you think you might need some help getting to your quiting toes we have lots on offer in classes for those near and BOM's for those near and far! The website has now been updated with the new programs so you can check it out and sign up straight away to guarantee a spot. Click here for more info: Block of the Months. Our programs do sell out so if you must be in it to win it! Each one is a combination of technique and our popular fabric combinations.
One brand new is Square Dance by award winning Chris Jurd. Click here to read Chris's blog and to see more of her work and what can be done in class or in the program. This foundation pieced quilt will not only teach or reinforce your foundation piecing skills but will work through the fabulous fabrics of Material Obsession in the process! Win...Win...WIN! Here is just a sneak peak at one of the blocks...
If you have never tried Foundation piecing go straight to this one. Perfect points...perfect colours...a quilt not to be missed. If you would like to do the Block of the Month or just practice your New York Beauty skills in class we have that option as Chris will be teaching one Friday a month with us as well, back by popular demandl. If you are interested contact us for more details.
We got lots of positive feedback from this program from all over the world so we had to bring it back. Marg created a quilt whimsy and fanciful delight. Just the thing for that slow burning project throughout the year.
Over the next few days I'll show you more BOM's. Stay tuned or check out the website.
I have started to get emails from people with photos of quilts done from the patterns in my new book, Making Quilts...the promise of joy. Here is Fractured by Margo Molle. This is one of my favourites so I was really excited to see it finished by someone else and in such a great way.
Such a great quilt for a young man! Well done.
Here's a version of Fairlawn done by Judy...you might remember Judy as the one looking for the one small piece of fabric to finish it off and now here it is, done!
The original was done in fabrics by Denyse Schmidt and the initial starting point for this one used the remains of the range but we had to find subsitutes for some of the fabrics so Melissa White's fabrics which which are similar but slightly stronger effect came to the rescue.
If you are interested in making quilts from Making Quilts...the promise of joy with me and have time on a Friday I am teaching from the book. I would love to be involved in your process of interpreting the quilts in the book. Come for one session or book in for the term...up to you. Don't just let the book sit on the shelf...you bought it now lets get making quilts! During the school holidays some of our classes have available spots so if you want a winter inspiration zinger contact us for available days. Come on, join the fun and extend yourself!
That's it for me today as it is my first sport and work free Saturday and I am going to clean out the closets in my house...dump and run results are a plenty around here! Remember to breath and stretch yourself mentally and physically! k