I've decided what my next project will be - actually, I should say projects - I've never been good at doing one thing at a time (is that why nothing ever gets finished?) Actually that's not true - I finished, Piece & Plenty, Gingham Girls, Fairyland, all fairly major undertakings. But where was I........?
I've fallen in love with three projects: "Saltbox Farm" by Natalie Bird, "My Whimsical Garden" by Piece O' Cake Designs and "Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage" by Crabapple Hill Studio.
I started Saltbox Farm while I was off riding for a week around Lithgow to Mudgee the week after the Berry Quilting Retreat. Yes, don't laugh, I do attempt to ride a bike. I call myself a 'reluctant cyclist' - I have lots of trouble mounting & dismounting but I keep trying to master it. I started embroidering the words on the heart using a background fabric of the most beautiful Japanese damask I have in stock, soft and creamy - though I have ironed a very soft cotton stabilizer behind. So far so good - I admit that I fell in love with the foxes and the birds - that was enough for me!
My Whimsical Garden - Sue & I picked the colours last week & it will be a shop project. Bright and summery and something a little fun that we can build over the next couple of months. I think we'll master machine applique for this project.
But my pièce de résistance will have to be "Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage" - a fun and rather outrageous piece of work centred around a witches den of potions and spells. I'm a Halloween baby - born on Halloween October 31, so I almost see this project as a 'must do' for me. In my former working life the girls told me they were sure I was a witch in a previous life - should I have laughed or cried? I have been known to cast a few hexes! Don't you love it? I'm not sure I will be able to follow the pattern to the letter - but I'm going to give it a go. Interested in forming a group to make it? If you are, send me an email & perhaps we can meet up once a month to have a little fun.
I've had a lot of requests for a Class list..... I'm happy and sad to say that at the moment all our groups are full!
Jennifer Corkish's group is standing room only and the best I can offer is a waiting list for 2012 unless I can persuade Jen to give me more dates for a second class. Just to tease you, her classses are inspirational, fun, informative, creative.
Carolyn Collins has very kindly taken over Sharon's Wednesday ladies and at this stage, the group is full to capacity. Carolyn explores areas we've never looked at before; lots and lots of alternatives, broadening your imagination the possibility of expanding your viewpoint - totally refreshing!
Monica Poole's two day workshop in January is booked out and there is a waiting list if you would like to join just in case.
My current Monday and Wednesday evening groups are full. However, I do have space in my Tuesday evening fortnightly group if you would like to come along?
Children's classes Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons are full for 2011. We will post Holiday workshops on my blog and web site over next few months.
I have enticed Lyn from Highland Quiltworks to offer a quick cutting and piecing techniques class and I am looking at more weekday and weekend workshops so I'll let you know as soon as dates are scheduled. I noted that many of you (as a result of the Berry Quilting Retreat) asked for embroidery classes - I have been speaking to Vicki Porter to see if we can run "embroidery days" perhaps once a month.
The children this week seemed to take up the challenge of making Yo Yos and Annabelle suggested that she would like to challenge Jen Miller with her 2400+ Yo Yos. Annabelle made at least three in class on Tuesday afternoon! Here she is sewing with Lucy and Maia (4) who started a toy for her ragdoll cat 'Sunny'.
Remember if you're out and about tomorrow, I can show you how to make Yo Yos at the Berry Children's Festival is on at the Berry Apex Park between 10am and 2pm.
Have a look at the cute buttons and fabric flowers that are in stock - they are really spectacular!