Last Friday I was privileged to attend a 'Working with Wool' workshop with the amazing duo of Leonie and Deirdre of The Quilted Crow in Tasmania.
I have a great love of wool.....if you have followed my blog you will know of my pet sheep Aurthur, George and Harold....and I have stocked felted woven wool for some time, although the colours I have been able to purchase have been rather limited and although I have been dying the wool, it does take time.
Leonie and Deirdre have now teamed up with Marcus Fabrics, and together they are producing an amazing line of woollen fabric in the most beautiful colours.
The project I worked on was 'Aunt Betina's Parlour', a pattern designed by Deirdre Bond-Abel.
I left class with all my pieces stapled down and the stitching begun.
It was wonderful having the chance to be touch and feel all the amazing quilts that these girls have made.
These quilts with wool applique are just special quilts. They have a beautiful weight making them the perfect choice on a cold wintry night, and the extra time and hand work involved seems to put even more love into them. I have come home with a whole new passion, and a determination to make lovely woolen applique quilts that my family will treasure.
I will be back soon to share more about what I saw at Quilt Market on Saturday and what delights I have in store for you now and into the New Year.
PS. ELM GROVE PATCHWORK will be CLOSED on SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER as I will be taking the shop on the road to the Applique Guild of Australia's Applique in which is being held at the Belmont Masonic Hall, Geelong. 10.00am - 4.00pm. Members and visitors are welcome to attend. Guest speaker is Judy Newman of a Very Fine House Designs.