Yes, I know - I am feeling a little sheepish, I'll confess where I've been! Mr Smith turned 60 on 14th May & after the madness of the Berry Quilt Show he decided a break away was necessary so without much planning, we flew to Hawaii to celebrate his birthday. Personally, I think he was worried that I might throw a party so he decided to head me off at the pass! This is a view from our room at the Moana Surf Rider at Waikiki. I spent a wonderful 10 days swimming, enjoying great food, a few martinis & doing lots of shopping. I love Hawaii - it's my favourite destination and the weather always seems to be perfect.
Anyway, enough of that! I took my laptop as I was going to blog but........
When I returned home, the shop was sparkling & everything had a special place - I'm sorry to say when I left tonight it looked like someone had tipped it upside down & it's a mess!
The Celtic Festival last weekend came close to Berry Patchwork when Ross Culbert, my Sales Rep for Lloyd Curzon textiles took a few minutes out of his schedule to say hello in all his finery! He was assisting the day playing in the band - drummer I think.
We've had lots of deliveries this week and lots of customers. My passion for Alexander Henry fabrics was fulfilled
with several shipments -
"Just Hanging" (left) the red "Kaoro Kokeshi" (below left) "Brazilia" (right) in two amazing colour ways.
There is a huge group of wonderful women who are spending a week at Gerroa visiting from Sydney and around Holbrook/Albury and they are great ladies
& lots of fun & very inspirational. I get to see all sorts of wonderful quilts in progress & sometimes I get to contribute my ideas via fabric selections. Mostly I feel that I am the one who has been nourished by their visit. Francine came in with fabrics to make the quilt on the cover of Kathy Doughty's new book "Making Quilts....the promise of Joy" (we have 2 left for sale at the shop $55 each). It's very exciting to offer customers my opinions for fabric choice.
Tonight I took some photos of another great lady's work who I find inspirational - Carolyn Collins. Carolyn's Monday girls seem to create so many amazing things - table runners, place mats, cushions, buttons (below right), quilts, wall hangings, bags, Trapunto work - the list is endless. Mary's flannel cushion (left) & Carolyn's cushion (above right) in the Broderie Perse style of work. If you would like to join this great group there are a couple of vacancies. If Mondays aren't an option for you, then consider Carolyn's Saturday workshops (3 sessions) starting Saturday 30 June, 28 July & 25 August and play with Broderie Perse & a quilt as you go flannel quilt. The wonderful part about Carolyn's classes is that you get to play and explore so that you can decide what it is that you might really fall in love with to explore in more depth at a later time - you're not committed to a huge quilt which may not suit your style & budget.
Remember to book your place at Berry Quilting Retreat for 8 & 9 September. Places are filling and there are some spots left in most classes, but don't leave your decision too long. Just to remind you our wonderful selection of tutors include: Sarah Fielke, Pam Furniss, Julie Haddrick, Kay Haerland, Dianne Johnston, Deborah Louie, Caroline Sharkey and Linda Steele. Sarah Fielke called in to say hello last week and maintains that it's great fun for the group to be offered a selection of any of her quilts - I know that some of you have found this a challenging concept. Sarah's "The Burbs" left is a fun and quirky quilt and one possible option for you to make ;-)
"One Red Thread" - we've received some very interesting photos of entries so far. Don't forget to enter though as there are some great cash prizes! Just to give you a little more time, I have extended the entry date, originally listed on the brochure as 30th June to 30 July! No excuses now!!!
I'm heading to Sydney in the morning to the AQM for the Trade Show at the Overseas Terminal at Circular Quay. It's always exciting and a little overwhelming to see all the new ranges that will be available and coming out over the next six months. Wish me luck!