As a teacher every workshop turns into something special for me. Last weekend I had a group of very talented people who were open to inspiration.
Below are a few of the design stories of those who came along.
Tracy's House quilt
When I asked Tracy what her expectations were for the 2 day workshop she replied "make a softie."
Tracy had asked her daughter to do a drawing for her in the morning an hour before the workshop started. When we looked at the drawing I got very excited. We chose a few elements from the drawing to turn into a fabric design. Tracy cut three screens on Saturday. Creating two versions of the house, capturing the sketchy feel of the house and then a more solid version. The colours were her daughters favourite—violet and hot pink on natural linen.
On Sunday I encouraged Tracy to cut into her beautiful fabric, which is always a challenge. Together we turned it into a king single quilt. Tracy cut and sewed all day, making decisions for fabrics to combine with her prints. Lucky for us Liz's Berry Patchwork shop is full of tempting fabrics.
After this effort sewing a softie will be a breeze. I have a feeling this quilt will become a family treasure.
Jo's first hand-printed top
Jo picked a design from her sketchbook that's brimming with ideas. They translated so well into paper cuts and were great to print. The fabric was cut into a large tote later that evening.
From the second design we made a top—a first for her! We all loved the colours and shape and the binding gives it a modern feeling.
Kathy's new outfit
Kathy's pattern was screen printed in two colours, a lovely lavender and charcoal, and then hand painted over the top creating a fun design.
On Sunday her beautiful fabric became a one of a kind top with a matching clutch.
Liz's Christmas Fabric
Liz was thinking ahead and printed three variations of Christmas trees in red and charcoal. On the Sunday Liz turned it into a table runner for her Christmas table. I can just see some tea lights and holly decorations.
Sally was open to free her creativity on both days. She came along with no idea of what she would design or make. And this is the kind of challenge I thrive on.
By the end of Saturday she had printed three meters of fabric and by Sunday had all but finished the top of a quilt, with a big smile on her face for the entire two days. Sally was still sewing when I was driving up the highway. And her thank you note the next day really touched me.
Thanks to Liz who hosted this event. We all had a ball. I was thrilled with the creations.
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