Last night I snuggled into my chair with my quilting project to rest my weary mind. The rhythm of the stitching, the semi mindless activity of the long line border pattern let me drift into a state of well being after a long day of overstimulation in the Stash to Treasure class. I was overwhelmed by the need for the sensation of being allowed to relax. On these chilly nights it is nice to be wrapped in the folds of the quilt and just think about all the things coming up. Here are a few clues...
In two short weeks we set up for the Hunters Hill Quilt Show! Yes, two years have passed since the last show and the gals are whirring up a feast of quilts for the show, baking biscuits and scones for the cafe and generally pulling the husbands into line for the set up day.
The raffle quilts are hung by the front door with care...and the waggas, wagga kits and quilts for sale are all being tagged. Mark the dates on your calendar. Opening night Thursday 9th August followed by THREE big days of viewing at the Hunters Hill Town Hall. Of course, Material Obsession will be there in the lobby so we'll see you there!
At the same time we have Sue Spargo doing a three day embellishing workshop. The classes are all full but if you want to be on the waiting list for any last minute cancelations pop us an email. We have been pulling in the plaid, dyed and felted wool, embellishing materials and generally getting into woolly gear for months now. Not much left to do but make the soup and watch the fun begin.
That should be enough but NO! NO! NO! The next week I am heading off to Ballarat for the Ballarat Quilters 15th annual Quilting weekend! I'll be joining Margaret McDonald, Michele Hill,Jenny Bowker, and last but not lease Di Ford. It is a very impressive line up of quilters and I must admit I wish I was taking classes with them! It will be an experience to get to know these quilters and to learn more about their very diverse styles....very interesting line up. I am happy to say I am teaching Soul Searching which is a workshop full of AH HA moments for quilters of all skill levels with a focus on integrating contemporary fabrics with traditional. It's from my new book, Making Quilts...the promise of joy.which will be available at the show from Mill Rose Cottage. The quilt ...
is from my stash but the workshop is about YOUR stash...your choices and how to break free from your comfort zone habits. If you haven't signed up and want to come along for a weekend away with like minded women looking for a good sewing time contact Ballarat Quilters ....come on, you know you want to indulge yourself this time! All that hard work should be rewarded with a weekend away!
Then, in September I am heading off to Toowoomba to Precious Time and in October I'll be heading to Adelaide with Hettie's Patch so...well, see you there and there and there...!
In the meanwhile things are still buzzing along in the shop. Our block of the month programs are filling up fast and we will soon be closing entries. If you are considering one, now is the time to enroll here: bom programs.
Yesterday we had our long distance friend Margaret join us for Stash to Treasure while visiting from New Zealand. Margaret has been a long time friend of MO since attending our first ever retreat about 7 years ago! She brought along her last Starter Block to show us. How fantastic does it look sitting on this stunner fabric! Mixing textures is the new frontier!
The class proved to have lots of great fodder for Margaret to observe, consider, study and store for her days at home. Margaret gave us a few shopping tips about where to go when in Newtown for cute t-shirts like this one!
There were lots of projects on the go. Judy is making another quilt from my book, Doves in the Window with the template we designed.
She has chosen to use a plaid for the block background and a combination of stash fabrics and some new ones to make it hers. Here is the first block...
This process is one I find really common. When making pieced blocks we often start in one place and learn how the fabrics react to each other as we go. It is possible to adjust contrast for more dramatic effect in future blocks. The end result will still be pleasing as the variety of contrast in each block will add interest to the finished quilt. Judy's other quilt is now finished and ready for the final binding step...
One of the things I like the most about the class environment is that we tend to push ourselves more when surrounded by a supportive crowd. Deidre decided to put a peeper in before her border on this project. Mitred corners and the peeper proved to have a few hidden challenges but the end result was well worth the effort...
Here is a story of simple Amish style block structure but as the quilt grew so did the options. The Anna Maria border added a whispy glance of imagination to the quilt and tied together the fabrics beautifully. It is a wopper in size so we could hardly get the whole thing up. Of course, when we start talking about Anna Maria we can't miss her new range which was all out all over the shop table!
What a gasp! These butterflies framed this quilt and brought in the ever so important element of imagination with this quilt. The picture was complete when she put this border option up!
However, the theme for the day was shot cottons. We have been LOVING Reece's shot cottons and working them into so many projects lately that it is ridiculous! How about a Flower Garden on shot cotton?
We had lots of tools going. These strip rulers are FANTASTIC for repeat shapes!!!
oh my my my. Everywhere I looked was a pile of gorgeous gorgeousness and when it was all said and done I was completely spent! So many treasures! Hoping to see you soon here or there! k