A quick suggestion from a friend last week and a bit of encouragement from another friend yesterday and I find myself in Cooma for the weekend taking a Chris Jurd class and sharing a night in a motel (not a hotel) with Heidi.
Chris offers the options of three different patterns for this workshop, I’m working on the Ancient Dahlia. So far, so good. The hardest part of this whole process was fabric selection – I love playing with these beauties and have been stashing some of them for five or more years so cutting them up was a BIG step! And it feels good. Really good. To be using and not hoarding. I feel inspired to do more chopping now!
I’ve had so much fun today and can’t wait to get back tomorrow. The photo above is what my bed looks like right now so best I go and remedy that.
Tonight I’m sitting on the floor of the sewing room, eating dinner and reflecting on this space and all that has happened here.
This in progress quilt on the as yet unpacked design wall is the last project I will work on in this home. The home that had housed my husbands family for more than forty years, where his Mum crafted for all those years. Crochet, lacework, quilts, spinning, knitting, cross stitch, tatting, embroidery, dress making. There is a whole lot of creative energy here in this home and I’m finding myself wanting to hold on to it, to pack it up and take it on an adventure. Do you think I can find a way to bottle it?
The quilt :: improv blocks started in Denyse Schmidt’s improv piecing class at QuiltCon in February. I’ve finished all the blocks I had fabric for so am going to add yarn dyed Essex linen in natural (purchased from marmalade fabrics, also at QuiltCon) to make up to a queen size for our bed. I’m thinking I might spread the blocks out randomly to make them look almost like they’ve been thrown on the linen. Thoughts on layout gratefully accepted!
It’s getting towards the end of the school year for us with the biggest two finishing up on December 12 for eight weeks of summer holidays! I’m really looking forward to them being around during the day and to not having to rush out each morning to get to school on time.
Today is their class celebration (they’re close enough in age to be In the same class!) and all the parents contribute a gift to a big class hamper for the two gorgeous teachers we are lucky enough to have.
I always want the teacher gifts to be something useful and nice that says just how much we appreciate the job they do. Quite honestly, I think they are saints.
This year, I’ve made market tote bags which fit the practical factor and hopefully they will know that these are made with love and care!
The bags are about 12″ wide x14″ high with a 4″ base. I cut 2.5″ squares from a variety of low value prints, mostly purchased from Westwood Acres and PolkaDotTea (both on etsy). There are a few Liberty squares as one of the teachers shares my love of fabric and Liberty in particular. One is quilted with wonky lines, the other with various sized circles and they are both fully lined with Flea Market Fancy in Daisy Dot (the same as the handles).
I didn’t use a pattern, I just kept sewing squares until the size looked about right and then constructed a simple lined bag with the quilted piece on the outer.
I’m looking forward to handing these over and I hope they get a whole lot of use!