Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm Back....

Well, it's been a long time between drinks here!
Last Wednesday I left for Summer School in Wodonga, and returned last night.  What a great 5 days away.
GF Ms A and myself trekked up the highway in a leisurely fashion last Wednesday.  We were hoping to get to the trunk show on Wednesday night, but spent a little too much time helping the local economy on the way!
I quite like making little purses, but have a lot of trouble finding 4 " zips.  I found a little treasure trove in a small haberdashery shop in Seymour.  I felt like I'd stepped back into my childhood- fabric, wool, thread, dress fabrics, bits and bobs everywhere.  Loved poking around.

Thursday and Friday found us in class with a lovely teacher from Sydney- Karen Cunningham.  We stitched away madly on hexagons for the 2 days in class.

The finished quilt is similar to a medallion, it will have a large hexagon centre, with various pieced and striped fabric borders to surround it.
Oh, and several excursions to local shops to help the economy.  These pieces are mostly fat 1/8's.

I have finally succumbed to the technique of fussy cutting.  Oh my, it makes such a difference to the look of the individual hexagons and the entire block.
I bought a fabulous little window template to help placement of my hexie papers.

Saturday and Sunday found us on a new project.  A quilt with an applique centre, surrounded by pieced blocks and then a border stripe ,based on a very old quilt in a museum in England.

Lots of bias was made and bits and pieces cut and pieced for the blocks.
Somehow I constructed less in this class, but chatted with the lovely ladies on the table more.  Quilters will certainly travel for really great classes and fantastic teachers.  There were several ladies from W.A. , a couple from Towoomba QLD, several from Geelong and Melbourne not to mention the extended surrounding countryside.
All in all, four fantastic days spent eating, drinking and sewing.  the perfect existence.
Oh, did I mention we've already booked our accomodation for next year! LOL.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good time was had by all...
    Cath Ü