Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Happy New Year!....Huh?...That's Happened Already??...

So January has been and gone...who knew!  Whoosh...it's all a bit of a blur...boring real world stuff intruded on my sewing space...a space I definitely need to re-acquaint myself with...and I've tried to catch upon almost two months of blog reading - finally admitting failure and resorting to scanning of posts with proper reading and commenting to recommence shortly.

There hasn't been a lot of stitching going on but I managed to keep my date to attend Patchwork on Stonleigh's Summer School in Wodonga.  Love Summer School, this was my third year.  I had a grand time in four days of workshops, starting two quilts by lovely Karen Cunningham, who made her annual trek down from the Blue Mountains to play just over the border here in Victoria.  The sad thing was the announcement though that this was the final year of trekking to Wodonga for Summer School, Patchwork on Stonleigh is closing - waaaaahhhh!!!! - Susan and Christine are packing up their fabrics for the best of reasons but they and their wonderful shop will be sorely missed...

The workshop for the first two days was "Anna's Quilt"...nine large hexies surrounded by 3/4" hexies make up the centre medallion...I started one...

I'm using the beautiful Rural Jardine range by French General for Moda as my basis for this quilt - love love love this range of fabric.  I had it in mind to just use a single range...well, I gave it a try but nah, that isn't working for me...I found other yummy fabrics in the shop that just had to make their way into the Anna's Quilt project box...I did more than this in the two days as I spent the first day doing preparation on previous Summer School quilts that I would work on if I just had "here's some I prepared earlier" going on and this is was a great opportunity to use a chunk of time to do just that...

Here is Karen's version of Anna's Quilt...sorry it is sideways but you get the idea...lots of opportunity for fussy cutting in this one... 

The second workshop was "Lullaby"...Jindi showed it last post...here it is again...

That's not a white patch on the centre square, it's a hexie paper (I think).
Prepare to be amazed at what I am about to tell you...are you sitting down because it is truly shocking...  I. Did. All. This. Work. In. Class. ... I know! Told you it was amazing!!  There are some small circles to be prepped and then the whole center of the quilt is cut out.  All the pieces are pinned on ready to be appliqued down.

This is Karen's version...
Isn't the quilting gorgeous...it is more gorgeous in real life, photos don't do justice to the overall gorgeousness of Karen's quilts...

A Gardener's Journal has been severely neglected but I am plugging away...

Hope you are getting to spend more time in your sewing space that I've had lately...

Happy Stitching...

2 comments:

Michelle May said...

Those are gorgeous! That lullaby quilt is so cool! Is it all applique? What a fun workshop that would have been! Wow!
Wishing you more fun time in the sewing space this month.
xx, shell

Mistea said...

So glad January is over and you get to go back into the sewing room for some fun and frivolity.

Those new projects are looking gorgeous already, just need to stay away from the work stuff - Okay!

Enjoy the weekend.

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