I have finished hand appliqueing one block of my Lollipop Trees and I am celebrating – only 15 to go plus the border applique. My chanting has come to fruition and my heart is light and happy and my fingers are itching to start the next block. There is something creative and calming about having stitching in your hands. Needle turn applique seems to scare a lot of people and I am the first to admit that it took me some time before I started my first hand applique quilt. Like many quilters I have made quilts and projects with buttonhole by hand as well as machine applique, but needle turn was for the most qualified and experienced of quilters. I have taken classes with Robyn Pandolph - so I have been taught by one of the best. So what stopped me – the answer is simple - me. I have persevered though all my lumps and bumps and my stitches have been improving and I am absolutely thrilled with my work. I know that there will be more bumps and lumps to conquer but I am really looking forward to the challenge. I think one of the scariest things about this work is that when you lay the pieces on the background they seem to swallow everything around them and you really wonder how you are going to hold it – turn it – sew it, but you just start and it is amazing what you can accomplish. So I thought it might be nice to share a before and after with you so you can see the difference. Have faith in your abilities and take the leap………..
Yesterday the post office had the most wonderful parcel that contained quilts from Wendy Williams for her classes in September. Yeah! They are so, so, gorgeous and I am truly excited by her upcoming visit.
Pebbly Beach showcases solids perfectly, often the forgotten fabrics in the shop but this quilt is a perfect example of how to use them.
Growing Up combines funky applique and simple piecing with shapes set over newspaper prints, which document and remind us of the events that happen in our world. This wonderful quilt by Wendy was recently hung at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon USA and it was such a lovely treat to open it and see the label and ribbon still attached. Even after two days of walking past this quilt I am still finding quirky fabrics that I hadn’t seen before. Growing up has never been so much fun……….
If you would like to join Wendy for one of her classes please contact the shop for further information. A happy person who is a fantastic teacher ………a class you won’t want to miss.
We are all progressing with our Auntie Green all determined not to be the "one" who has not finished their centre applique in readiness for Sue's next class. So here are some progress photos so you can see how some of us are faring........
Kay Haydon is the proud owner of this centre and she is nearly finished - all that is left is a few leaves to applique and then her oval vine. It is amazing that we all started with the same starter pack but each of our quilts has their own individual look.
Kay brought her Floral Lantern quilt made from yummy chintz from Denmark for show and tell this week. Hand sewn and hand quilted it is absolutely beautiful. She designed with quilt with Sue Daley from Busy Fingers - I had to take a photo of the backing fabric to share with you because it was so divine, lots and lots of oohs and ahhhs.....I know that it has now been added to some of the girls must make list.
The really happy people are the ones who can enjoy the scenery even when they have to take a detour........
Till next time.........lisa