As we go through life we meet wonderful people that add love and texture to our days. Some are funny, some smart, some sweet and some jerks...many enrich us with their talents. Many years ago I picked up this book, Liberated String Quilts and the concept of taking tradition and merging it with a contemporary perspective came to life. I can't say I have ever made a quilt directly from this book but rather absorbed it, devoured it and sprung from this into who I am as a quilter. Over the years there have been many more books by Gwen Marston that have enriched the quilter in me. She is a rebel with a cause and one I needed to meet.
It was a moment that felt real...my initial reaction was hello old friend as the space and time in the relationship had virtually no meaning. Here is someone that I can accept completely as an artist and a generous teacher, a fascinating author and an inspiring leader in the quilt world today.
Unconditional positive response...we were all in heaven and even if Gwen had entered the shop and started yelling at us to all do push ups I think we would have happily obliged. In acknowledgement of Gwens' more recent work we spent some time selecting colours from Reece's shot cottons and now I wait to see how they get used! To be honest, I marveled at my brazen inability to control myself and started picking out colours for her...some people just can't help but meddle and I am one! She didn't seem to mind which speaks to the artist that she is...confident, creative, and thoughtful.
Cath made a devine lunch for an intimate group and we spent ages discussing the quilt scene both here and in the USA. Life, ain't it grand!!!
We finished lunch with an array of fresh passion fruit, lammingtons and coffee and snapped a rather unfair photo of Gwen as she tasted these treats for the first time...Thank you to Rosie and Anne for bringing Gwen to the shop for a visit as it was a highlight in my quilting life.
As I type this blog I am painfully aware of a stack of fabric that needs to be cut before I get on the plane later today! What kind of an idiot gets up early to cut fabric to sew on a plane??? Particularly after said idiot spent last night at an 18th birthday party for her special nephew Harry!
Here it is as seen through the lense of my camera which was steamed up from the heat generated from the whirling, bouncing, swirving motion of the crowd. We, the "adults" in the crowd stood to one side trying to make sense of the movement. I have to admit, the beat got to me and I did a bit of dancing myself. Yes, one of the BRAVEST things I have ever done! To march out onto the floor in front of 120 18 year olds and move like there was no tomorrow knowing that one of the crowd was hiding in the corner in abject fear that his mom would embarrass him no end! It was fantastic to see these young people in action. Laughing, hugging, dancing...kissing...etc etc etc. We gathered to support Richard and Gai in their house destruction but I think when all is said and done it will live on in memories as a top party despite the rain. All you really need is a good dj, the right refreshments and the night is a winner.
On a quilting note, I finished up my classes for this term with Stash Management. As per usual, the work was like a mini quilt show.
From Jenny we had the final borders on her Made Fabric blocks from Victoria's workshop. She made the blocks, then added the Marcia Derse fabrics and then the Creative Grid 60 degree strip ruler made the inner borders. Tons of fun and then more!
Wendy is working up a Dr Seuss masterpiece using Gwen inspired wonky stars and blocks.
Denny is always up for a challenge. Here she is using her made fabric from Victoria's workshop and making a large star set on plaid (my favourite theme at the moment!) and using a left over border from a different quilt.
Sarah's exploration into new color combinations is hitting the mark as well. Those birds and that border are really working.
So, SO!!!! I am off to the USA in a few short hours with Wendy in tow. Our first week is in San Fran working with our publishers C&T!!! and also Creative Bug. The mind opens in anticipation of new people, places and things. If you haven't checked out Creative Bug and met the instructors or checked out the project classes it might be a good idea to do so. They are massively creative in their approach to revealing the artist's statement.
Also, if you are in the Sisters area, I just heard a few places in my Fractured workshopFractured class have opened up for Monday 8th July...
Looking forward to sharing the highlights of this trip with you as we go along...if you are out there and you see us say hi!! Until we meet again...ta ta for now! k