The weeks seem to be flying past at an ever increasing speed and it is with much anticipation and excitement that we await the arrival of Sarah to share her quilting wisdom, philosophy on colour and prints as well as share her an vibrant, happy quilts with us. You know you are on the countdown when class fees are being finalized, quilt selections agonized over and lastly kits being selected. As a shop owner one of the most joyful experiences is seeing and sharing in the delight of a new quilt. At times there are so many dazzling quilts to choose from and at other times there is “the one”, softly but surely entwining itself around your quilting soul making the decision for you. Of course the audition process can be long, drawn out by the wonderful array of choices – traditional, pretty, bold and bright, funky, elegant and subdued……..every time you turn around your eyes light up with the excitement of a new palette. Quilting satisfies so many of our creative needs and desires – where would I be if I didn’t quilt??????
This week we had the pleasurable company of June, who is visiting from Northumberland, England. She is making an applique quilt, inspired by an Aboriginal drawing. The centre represents Ayers Rock with the blues and greens being the colours of the ocean pulsating from the centre. June has plans of adding the colours of Lake Ayre and the Great Barrier Reef which June and her husband David will be visiting in the upcoming weeks. They have house swapped their way around Australia – what a trip!
The weekend will bring creativity, much animation, enjoyment and laughter as welcome Sue Ross back to the Precious Time classroom. Sue is starting us off on her Mystery Technique Sampler and even though I have to confess to seeing the first two blocks, and a rough finished sketch of the completed quilt, (no - chocolates and champagne will not produce loose lips), I am delighted to be starting this quilt. Sue’s creative and artistic abilities along with her extensive interpretation of fabrics will result in a stunning quilt. There is still time and places to join us on this journey.
Another very talented designer who has a love of historical quilts is Susan Smith, co-owner of Patchwork on Stonleigh. Sadly the shop is now closed and Susan and Chris are retired and travelling new paths. Majella and I made the journey to Summer School, which was a magical experience. Maybe not so much the driving (over 5000kms in 9 days) but the gorgeous places, quilts, shops and people will remain in our hearts. Why am I revisiting this story – we have a new friend Lisa O’Neil who has recently moved to Toowoomba and on Friday evening she bought in her Summer School quilts from past years for us and you to enjoy. I do have to confess that she told us the name of each quilt as they were flounced out - but between all the chatter they were mixed up and bounced around in my head – so they shall have to go nameless. I do apologise.
Three Sisters have another run a way success on their hands with Papillion. Last Spring while perusing an antique market in Europe the sisters made a most exciting discovery. An antique quilt from the 1860’s with a very unique backing compromised of bold, simple bands of large, faded florals to die for! Inspired they then scoured their vast library of antique fabrics to complete their next collection. Dramatic Jacobean and rose adorned florals are complimented by the occasional Papillon (French for butterfly). Paired with delicate botanical prints in the quilt’s original palette of pale, dusty pinks and aquas with faded red and stone accents, Papillon captures the splendor of a lush garden estate.
Have a wonderful weekend - the weather is so glorious and being outside is very tempting especially if you have a beautiful garden, park or beach close by.
Our thoughts are with the Surf Life Savers who selflessly dedicate their time and safety to care for us on the beaches.
Until next time..........lisa