Traveling has its moments...good ones and bad ones. I have now been home for five days and the special moments of my travels float through my mind as routine resumes. People, places and things leave an impression that reshapes our perception of the world. My particular focus is always things quilt related of course and one of the things I appreciate the most is how easy it is to move among quilters.
Take Toronto for example. For a week I was adopted by a group of women that enveloped me into their inner circle as if I had been there all along. From the minute Sandy picked me up at the airport I knew things were going to be exciting. We started with a dinner full of lively conversation and that theme lasted the entire week. Although it was obvious that they had been planning the Quilts at the Creek event for a long time there was no sign of last minute stress. The quilty part was as it should be...full of ideas, expressions and creativity. But the real part was the heart of it, the quilters that make it happen out of sheer determination, will and love of the craft. The part that sticks with me now are the hours gathered around the tables sharing stories of our lives and being, well, in a word, friends. I have such a cozy spot in my heart for the quilters of Toronto...thanks so much for having me and sharing your lives so generously.
The reality of life hit pretty hard upon my arrival home. The 16 hour plane ride was an opportunity to catch up on my sleep! After so many travel hiccups I was treated to an empty row and literally spread out and slept most of the trip! Good thing because upon arriving at the shop there was not time for rest!
Get your calendar out and make a note that next Friday...yes NEXT Friday is the first day of the Hunters Hill Quilt Show!!! We will be there Friday through Sunday in the lobby. Look forward to the wagga room, quilts on sale and the fabulous offerings from the kitchen which never disappoint!
We have two raffle quilts this year, Licorice Allsorts and Circles of the past!
It is also that time of year when we offer up the last spots in our block of the month program. We will start the 2016-17 program soon and are taking sign ups now here
Back by popular demand is Bride and Bloom. This is a Sue Cody design and is perfect for anyone that likes a contemporary traditional blend of fabrics. The applique and hexagons are a real delight...I know because I did it last year myself. This year Cath Babidge will be putting you through the paces and already we are loving her hand work.
We are also offering Sue Cody's Gelato Rose quilt pattern this year. This is as the name states, a more "gelato" color palette and is a quilt as you go project so the wadding and backing is also supplied.
We have selected a really beautiful array of backgrounds in soft and pretty colors that will be accented with the latest in designer prints and colors.
Message in a Bottle by Irene Blank is also on offer again this year due to popular demand. Here we work clean colors on a combination of Japanese linens and cotton greys. The blocks are easy to manage technique and the result is a delight. Also from Irene is Paradise of Birds. This little beauty has a variety of birds on twigs. We are making it with one of our favourite themes...color on Kaffe Fassett shot cottons. The mix of high color and the subtle effect of shot cottons is always a treat.
A bom program from Material Obsession wouldn't be complete without a range from Wendy Williams. We have a new one, Around the Corner which is a happy stroll around a central block. with all the funky trademarks of a Wendy winner.
Then we have a new stunner by Megan Manwarring. Megan has been working the sampler idea with lots of modern techniques. This is an update on our Kaffe Sampler and offers a wide range of techniques and fun colour combinations.
Of course we always offer the Aurifl Thread Club and our Fabric Club which delivers the latest in Contemporary, Pretty and our take on Tradition each month. We are available to talk through your options if you need more info. Our block of the month programs include detailed instructions with complete technique advise. We always use current fabrics that we think are either suitable substitutes or even better options for the blocks. We have a 70% re-enrollment on our program which we are proud to say. Have a look and sign up soon! These programs do have limits and we sell out every year. Don't be one of the disappointed ones in September!!!