Its that time of the year again, and I think we all might be feeling the same way. Like a plate spinner, running endlessly from plate to plate giving them a little flick just to keep them in motion for a minute or two longer. I'm longing for a couple of quiet days where I can just relax and create.
My recent trip to Melbourne for Australian Quilt Market was great. Meeting Anna Maria Horner was a highlight.
Anna Maria presented a great program, sharing lots of information not just on colour theory, but on how she operates her own retail business. It was very inspiring, especially when I learnt she has 7 children!
Quilt Market was great. I had a few items on my 'Check it Out' list. I have slowly been developing a little quilting crush on Yoko Saito's work, and I find myself never far from Yoko's book 'Scrap Valley' (Published by Quiltmania).
I've really fallen in love with muted, low contrast Japanese fabrics. I love how each individual fabric is rather ordinary, yet when combined together they all sing. I went to Market to checked them out, especially Yoko Saito's newest fabric, Centenary Collection 22. As I expected they were beautiful, so I have ordered quite a few bolts, as well as some other Japanese yarn dyes. They will be arriving over the coming weeks, I can't wait to start playing with them.
I've also started looking ahead to the new year, and securing some dates for classes. Annette Blake will be returning again next year to teach her beginners class. This program will run over 6 lessons commencing on Saturday January 28th 2017, then February 4th and 18th, March 4th and 25th and April 29th. This is a fabulous program which will teach the foundations of patchwork; rotary cutting, accurate piecing, colour and fabric selection. If you are interested, or know of someone who may be, please give me a call.
Over the past months Annette has been working on a special quilt, named in honour of her Mother, Agnes Victoria. This quilt features an appliqué centre with a series of borders including appliqué, machine piecing and English Paper Piecing. She is kindly offering this quilt as a class, which will run over six lessons. The dates for this class are Saturday January 2nd, February 11th, March 4th and 25th, April 29th and June 17th. If you have a special person in your life who deserves a special quilt, this may be a class for you. Annette will carefully guide you through the whole process, mastering a multiple of techniques.
Numbers for these classes are limited, so please book in early to secure your place.
Once again I will be closing the shop over the Christmas/New Year period. My last day of Trade will be Saturday 17th December. I will reopen again on Wednesday 4th January 2017 .