Have you seen the latest issue of Simply Moderne by Quilt Mania? Inside is a great recap of the Quilt NSW quilt show last June...was that really 2 1/2 months ago? Also, I have started writing a series of articles on ideas for using fabric and the first one is in this issue so I hope you enjoy it!
Only one month ago was the Hunters Hill Quilt Show which was a raging success. We managed to raise $20,000 to be donated to the Sydney University Brain and Mind Center. It was loads of fun and great to see everyone that attended!
Then I was off to Noosa to do a few days of Modern Wedge with the Wallace House Quilters. They have a great Queenslander where they meet that has lots of different creative activities in one place! While I was there I saw oil and watercolor painting, mosaics, smocking and ceramics not to mention quilting. It was a lively and creative group. Looking forward to going back
The illusion of time never ceases to amaze me. We might feel like we have a lot or maybe only a little and yet it is all the same all the time! This year the time has flown by and although it is always an adventure I am not sure where it has gone. I know where it is going as we have some exciting things still to come during the next few months.
Firstly, Material Obsession is on the Go! Tomorrow we will be in Gosford at Carolina Bay Quilters for a template demo and talk plus the shop. These days with groups always get me excited as I love to see quilters interacting and creating a scene where they live. We are all part of a reflective community in which sharing is a big part.
We'll be bringing along a nice selection of Folk Art Revolution. I am thrilled that quilters are understanding this range and using it as intended...I have seen lots of great designs capturing the characters and motifs of this range as well as the large wedding ring print.
This photo is from The Quilt Tree and I just love the broderie perse.
Its a little bit different but that is my signature so I hope you are enjoying it as much as we are!
The next big thing will be Material Obsession as the guest shop at the Quilt NSW meeting on October 8... thanks to Cath Babidge we have all been working on the raffle quilt for the 2017 show. That date seemed a long way off a long time ago but the date looms on the horizon now! We are just about ready to put the binding on and maybe will be sitting at the meeting doing just that!
I am also the guest speaker that day but rather than talk about me, I have a few friends to bring along to talk about how we work at Material Obsession. The more I travel the more I treasure my tribe at the shop. I had been mulling this over for a few weeks now but hearing Megan Manwaring's Friday Showcase last week reminded me of how long we have been at it and how much we have all grown from our collective experience. Quilting is a give and take experience and when that is equal the benefits are glorious.
Then, the next big thing will be that Material Obsession is going to Houston for market and...wait for it...FESTIVAL.
INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL/HOUSTON
November 3-6, 2016
Preview Night November 2
Classes begin October 31
George R. Brown Convention Center
Classes begin October 30
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas, USA
Traditional as well as Modern quilters will be excited to hear that as soon as we get home from Houston we roll into the Australian Australian Modern Quilt Show which is being produced this year by the Sydney Modern Quilt Group.
As it happens Material Obsession will be conducting workshops with two fantastic international artists. In case you haven't heard, Anna Maria Horner will be gracing our shores as well as Carolyn Friedlander! Both artists are amazing in their own spaces as designers and as people. They reflect the endless possibilities of quilting styles with great depth and understanding of both technique and design. Spaces are nearly gone but the show will also include two evenings of lectures. Friday night Carolyn will introduce the awards night with a trunk show talk. Saturday night Anna Maria will do a trunk show talk as well followed by a social event. So, even if you missed out on workshop tickets this is an event not to be missed.
Then, in December we will introduce our class and workshop schedule for 2017 with our usual Swap Day concept but this year we have decided to conduct our class info program in the evenings. A bit of champagne, a few nibbles and some specials throughout the shop to end the year in style!
Phew, did you get all that???? Sometimes I hear people say quilting is on the decline but I don't get it! We are surrounded by great product, great events, and especially great people. There are so many things to experience in this arena in groups and alone. I can't see the flame even flicker! Hope to catch you at any or all of these events! ta ta for now, kathy