We had the immense pleasure of spending the weekend sewing and learning about the quilting world in which Sarah Fielke lives and flourishes. What inspires her to create not only beautiful quilts but also delicious fabrics? Everyone who attended had a fantastic time.
This is the second time we have joined Sarah for a journey into her quilting world and again she shared her knowledge and skills in a gentle way that made everyone feel confident and eager to learn – even though our eyebrows were raised when she asked for aluminium foil.
Sarah has a new book due out in the early months of next year and she brought some of her new quilts to tempt us – which is always a delight for quilting aficionadas (sounds more refined then groupies).
We are thrilled to announce that Sarah will be returning to Precious Time in September 2013 to share quilts from her new book and take us on another adventure into her quilting world.
Bronwyn, Ros and Margie were making Charlotte Sometimes, which is the most gorgeous quilt, and was my initial choice for the weekend – but I have no resolve at times and was easily swayed to start making Maple Leaf Rag.
Bronwyn was excited to get three blocks together by the end of the weekend and especially delighted with her applique of the "perfect circle" - a new technique shared by Sarah - remember the alfoil!
Margie admits that she doesn't have a love affair with the sewing machine but she endured and ta dah.......
Ros departed Sunday afternoon looking like the cat who had the cream - another wonderful effort to the start of her Charlotte Sometimes quilt
Kath was to join me on the journey of Maple Leaf Rag but a busy life and a business, which spill into her small amount of quilting time, she decided to make Cherry Star from a kit purchased from Sarah. Kath added a touch of green as she wants to hang the quilt in time for Christmas week.
and by Sunday afternoon the top was finished ready to be dropped off to the quilter on the way home....
Majella was the bravest of all as she embarked on making a block from Sarah’s infamous Flock Together. We all agreed that she deserved the gold star for the weekend. Sarah told us that most students who start Flock Together end up with a beautiful cushion – one block being enough. Majella was thrilled with how the block came together – especially with Sarah’s method – no inset seams – she is looking forward to finding another gorgeous floral for her next block.
So to bide the time on Sunday Majella started selecting fabrics for A Wing and A Prayer – an applique quilt from Quilting with Little Things. “Why make just one quilt when quilt when you can start two” – words of wisdom from Majella. Sorry I don't have an image to share with you but the fabrics that her and Sarah choose together were fantastic - will try to snap an image when Majella is next working on it.
I have 128 - yes that's right - 128 of these little delights to make for my Maple Leaf Rag. I choose a wonderful selection of lights for my background stars - they received the tick of approval from Sarah. I cut 20cm of each believing I would have left overs for the next project (whatever that may be!) but let me tell you these charming little kites have a huge appetite for fabric - I fear I will be looking for more friends to add to my stash...
I did manage to make some blocks before Sunday afternoon was upon me - which happened very quickly I must add - but here goes
Patrina had a desire to learn hand applique and her choice of quilt for the weekend was Whirlygig - lots of applique leaves to help perfect her new skills.....no image to share unfortunately - lots of work behind the scenes.
If you are looking to add a little “modern” to your quilting repertoire then I can definitely recommend a class with Sarah.
Until next time.....lisa