It was a pleasure to welcome Sarah back to Precious Time for her annual weekend class. Her gentle but mischievous nature kept the ladies on their toes for the two days as they worked on their individual quilts. For those of you who may not be aware Sarah takes delight in teasing her students – gently and softly lulling them into false security before she wields the next step which quite often takes them by surprise – never nasty or mean – but let me tell you it keeps them on their toes with the laughter and sighs of relief winning every time.
For Patrina these little side steps were taken in her stride as she already had a challenge on her hands with Sarah’s quilt The Burbs. This technique of no rulers or measurements can often be the undoing of a quilter but Patrina was on a mission to finish her quilt, once of course the two cats (belonging to daughter Anna) and the two dogs (belonging to daughter Jessica) were added to the quilt. Sarah has a talent for keeping the most skilled of quilters calm and confident as they build this quilt from the initial design tackling the many challenges that result from this technique as they progress. Patrina was thrilled with the end result of her quilt, which is a small snapshot of her life.
At the beginning of the weekend we were all glad that we weren’t Bronwyn as she started cutting, and experimenting on colours and tones, building stars for Sarah’s quilt Paint by Numbers.
It was a huge help having Sarah there to guide Bronwyn through the steps, and of course it was pure joy and excitement as we all stepped back and enjoyed the results of Bronwyn’s work – truly gorgeous. You can guess by the end of the first day we all wished we were walking hand in hand with Bronwyn – another quilt to add to the list.
from that to this....
Strips and strips of fabrics surrounded Kyleigh as she crazy patched light backgrounds for her spider webs on her way to creating Maple Leaf Rug. Kyleigh thrives in a world of order and precision – so it was a little out of her comfort zone to just chop and sew and chop and sew – Sarah’s wily nature enjoyed surprising Kyleigh with “yep – just cut through there and sew it on here”. By the end of the first day though Kyleigh had hit her straps and was well on her way to mastering these new skills and building spider webs.
Ros whose busy life as a GP can at times be overwhelming came to class with a relaxed view to have a good time, enjoy the company of likeminded women while making something delicious for her home. “Rosewater” won her over and it’s large pieces allowed Ros’s fabric choices to shine and with a little help from Sarah, Ros left on Sunday with her quilt complete – now all that is left, is for Majella to quilt it.
Kim and Olivia both travelled in for the weekend to learn the skill of hand applique, choosing Whirlygig for the two-day class. Sadly for the girls I don’t have images of their hard work to share with you – stems had to be placed and stitched before they were able to progress to the next steps – buy the end of the weekend though they felt comfortable and confident in the technique. Sarah’s gentle nature and sharing of knowledge help beginners tackle this seemingly difficult technique.
Majella had eagles on her mind - not sure how she made it to class after literally stepping off the plane from London - but she seemed to be handling the jet lag without any difficulty....
one all stitched up.....three left to go....
Everyone was looking forward to seeing what Sarah had brought with her to share and let me tell you, we were not disappointed. The first of two books is due out early/mid this year, focusing on small baby/crib quilts – new fabric ranges and her second book filled with new applique quilts due out late 2015. Sarah brought the first of her finished applique quilts with her and it is seriously gorgeous. Sorry but I am not able to share the image with you but I can tell you there were lots of gasps and oohs and aahs and yes please book me in! If you are interested in taking this class with Sarah I do have an image of the quilt I can show you on your next visit – places will fill quickly. Oh and the best part is you don’t have to wait until 2015 for the book to be published – Sarah has kindly offered to teach this quilt at her favourite shops – lucky us! Dates are on the blog for September 2014.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” Maria Robinson
Until next time.............lisa