Well Sue definitely threw the challenge down in our most recent mystery technique class – a feathered star with funny cut off inset triangles – highly technical terminology but I think this block will be a little tricky. Thank goodness for the second block as it was a gorgeous hexagon wreath – my heart skipped with happiness at the thought of covering hexagons. A much more pleasant task than the sewing machine, but at the end of the day I like everyone else in class is wanting to extend their knowledge and sewing skills so I will have to battle with my sewing machine – just not today.
My feathered star block is coming together rather nicely on the design wall and my bouquet wreath has been tacked, ready to be sewn together. This groovy new fabric will work a treat for leaves.
Sue gave the girls two options for their centre and I must say that the darker option is really stricking from a distance so it will be lovely to see the quilts progress as some choose lighter and others the darker centre. Sue is still tossing up what to place in the centre of the bouquet wreath – but this little bird is starting to look quite at home so I am not sure if Sue will have the heart to make him find a new home.
Fiona has been working extremely hard to get her Sue Ross - "Strawberry Shortcake" to the border stage her quilt has been hand pieced all except for the four patch sashing and I am sure that you will all agree she has done a fabulous job and we can't wait to see how it looks once the borders go on.
We have had some absolutely delicious fabrics arrive this week – firstly there are these yummy reds, blues and beige prints from “Collections for a Cause – Friendship” by Moda.
That groovy stripe I am using for my leaves came in two colourways
Roar will delight any youngsters in your life
Tradewinds has literally been running out the door since I unpacked it – the stunning prints have everyone looking for a new project
Ten Little Things will be sure to entice anyone with small children or grandchildren on the way with bright clear colours and fabulous prints.
Those looking for romance and soft hues won’t be able to resist the latest fabric range from Cabbage and Roses – Athill Range. Faded old world florals and wallpaper stripes will have you dreaming of times gone by….
Something Fishy is one of Majella’s new quilts – made with a mix of Kaffe and bright Batiks it definitely makes you smile and makes me think of times spent with my family on holiday as a young girl. The perfect quilt for the young fisherman in your family – in my family the fisherman was me – we spent many weekends and family holidays camping or on our boat fishing – I could out fish my brother, but it was a bit harder to out fish my father. They were truly enjoyable and quite memorable times that I will cherish always. I am sure that is why I so appreciate a good hotel with all the comforts…..
As you can see we have gorgeous kits readily available – it won’t take long for them find good homes.
Margie Miller took a class with Brigitte Giblin to make the Black Family Album quilt. Margie has just about finished all her applique blocks and came in to ask for advice on the sashing – the original quilt had pieced sashings but Margie wasn’t sure that was what she wanted for her quilt. So the search began and we found a gorgeous array of prints that were perfect and would give the look of being pieced without all the work – there are so many quilts and so little time that clever substitutes can be the helpful solution to finishing a quilt. I am sure that you will agree Margie’s blocks look fantastic. Margie is on a mission to finish 4 quilts by the end of the school holidays – we can’t wait to see them as she brings them in their various stages.
We still have some spaces available for Sue Spargo's class in July. This will be a fabulous class to experience the joy of working with wools and increase your embellishment and embroidery skills. Come and join Sue as she shares her stories and creative influences that encompass her stunning quilts. A class that you should not miss.
Today is the perfect day for sitting in front of the heater, a good movie and some sewing in your hands. So before the day disappears totally and dinner becomes the next task on the list I am going to enjoy the laziness that a rainy day brings – at least for an hour or so……..
I hope that you are tucked up nice and warm enjoying the holiday. Until next time……….lisa