Every once in a while my yoga teacher says something so fascinating to me that I can hardly keep my mind in the room. In my last yoga class he suggested "no restrictive thoughts." At first, the phrase confused me for it is a bit of a dichotomy of terms for saying you can't restrict your thoughts actually restricts your thoughts...right? But anyway, the idea of not restricting capabilities appeals to me. I get anxious when I hear people define themselves by what they can't do. I decided to make this concept part of my thought process and immediately began to fail as old patterns of thought blocked my progress. It takes real effort to change, grow and be open. My human nature gets in my way...but lets keep going thinking we can do it...ALL for I am woman...hear me roar! So I use my love of quilting, clever team at the shop and everyone out there in the internet world to keep me inspired,moving forward and fighting routine!!!!
For instance, I have been collecting photos of quilts sent to me and this one is an example of what we are talking about. last year at Quilting by the Lake Sally took my Fractured class. She had a huge pile of Kaffe fabrics and got busy. I won't say she didn't struggle a bit selecting fabric but in the end she was on a roll and here is the proof that she let herself go where she needed to be.
It is very exciting to see this quilt, and all the others finished. I can see her powering away in the corner of the room making decisions, considering, changing and at last getting it all together.
And yet another one...Pat made this one...
In all cases they vary from the original enough to allow the maker's choices to show. I am sure that in all cases the process of blending and contrasting fabrics was exercised and made that much more natural. If you are interested in making this quilt yourself it is in Adding Layers...join the fun.
Then there was this version Urban Owlsof one of our block of the month quilts done by Kathleen...and it has won a prize at the Coburg, Or quilt show! This is what we like to hear!!! Another prize winning block of the month.
We are deeply in the throws of packaging up the first month of this year's programs. If you have been thinking about doing one but are on the fence...no restrictive thoughts!!! Enrollments will close and there are only a few places left in most of the programs and none in Sweet Surrender...Sold Out!
Our block of the month kits are carefully chosed with current stock and popular designer ranges. Our patterns are tried and tested for accuracy, easy to read and full of diagrams. Each program includes a variety of techniques made with the latest tips. We are proud of these programs and endeavour to make them a winning experience for all that participate.
We also offer a very popular fabric club each month. I scour the shop and plan a collection of five fabrics that are exciting to my eye and are chosen to start the ball rolling either in colour, design or pattern. Contemporary fabric collection often comes from the latest designer delivery mixed with a few balancing fabrics. For example, a big floral or graphic print with something stripey and a variety of values and color combinations that would excite the stash into a quilt. The pretty collection is one that works soft and pretty with a bit of flair and the traditional is for the more conservative quilter looking to extend or add zest to traditional work.
If you are just starting out on your quilting path you might like to try Megan's Kaffe Sampler. It is full of simple ways to achieve exciting results using Kaffe Fassett Collective (KFC for short!) fabrics.
We get so many emails from people telling how much they enjoy getting a little bundle of joy each month. There are lots of reasons to participate in our Block of the Month programs. The best one as I see it is that it is a great path to breaking out of established habits and routines. ..stretch yourself from the mind down!!! k