The weeks leading up to Quilting on the Downs are always hectic as we prepare for tutors, students and visitors alike to enjoy our beautiful city. No that all our goodbyes have been said the shop is a little quieter and things are settling down. We have been busy and very excited, gathering a wonderful array of tutors for classes next year - unbelievable as it is talking about next year already. The most wonderful thing is that no matter what is happening with the world economy quilters are always looking for their next challenge, new technique or quilt for a special event or more importantly a special someone. We are easily excited and look forward to the future with eagerness and joy. It is such a lovely way to be and it creates a wonderful feeling for those around you.
So with a little bit of quiet time on our hands yesterday Majella and I set off to sew Wendy Williams new Palm Beach Bag. Within minutes the fabric was chosen, cutting instructions were being given and the end result was easily achieved within a few short hours - we still needed to help our customers and answer the phone. We enjoyed making it so much that we have decided that we need one each to take away to the beach in November. A fantastic bag to make for those special girlfriends especially with Christmas just around the corner.
I am having a few days at home next week so in readiness for this Majella and Kay helped me lay my cable down for my Auntie Green. Let me show you how all that gorgeous bias cable started it's life delegated into a pile of lights and darks.........metres and metres of bias all of which will be used in the quilt.
I am behind most of the other girls but am determined to be up to date and ready for the next class in January. So lucky to have such gorgeous friends - the extra pairs of hands did make it all the more quicker. Thank you.
Margaret who joins us for Auntie Green and travels over from Warwick for the classes has nearly finished her centre and choose to use an old piece of lace for her basket - it is such a wonderful touch and she is going to try and incorporate more of it in her applique - she is also hoping to add some lace and other touches. We are all looking forward to seeing how Margaret's Auntie Green progresses.
Quilting is one of the greatest passions in my life and it gives me such pleasure seeing the different paths that quilters take on their journey to complete their quilts. Thank you to everyone who allows me to photograph and show their work.
Sorry, have to go our new postman has arrived with boxes filled with new books. Like any good postman he needs a little training on our hours and when not to leave parcels - will share the books with you tomorrow..........lisa