Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Busy busy busy
So, last weekend I drove up to Dallas. Why would I do such a thing? Well, the Dallas Quilt Guild arranged to have Gwen Marston come and speak. Well, if Gwen was coming to Texas I was going to go see her. I had a great time and once again my creative fires have been fueled. I love her attitude towards quilting. I already posted the pictures of the Basket workshop and the guild meeting where she spoke about her solid quilts on Flickr, but I erased them from my computer. Anyway she was brilliant.
Basiclly if you make a quilt with solid fabrics it will be timeless, yet using prints dates your work. And hand quilting looks great on solids...heck hand quilting looks great on everything.
So, in the picture above we are talking about "parts department" quilts. You can just glob all your orphan blocks into a quilt. Cool, huh? Well, I don't have that many orphan blocks ( I guess I do, but I was too busy to hunt for them before leaving) so I just worked on more baskets and some new to me techniques.
old friend Jennifer (jennifer and I met a couple years ago during the Bushfire Quilt Project. She sent us coffee for the Quiltathon. Since then I have made several bags for her and her Navy husband. This is the first time we have met in REAL LIFE). Funny how you Blog people are friends to me in my mind, but you are pretty wonderful in real life too. Small world and all that.
the 2 quilts I started at the Beaver Island quilt retreat last September to show her and she loved them. Well, she said she loved them. Hubba hubba. You will be able to see them in her Liberated Medallion Quilt book which will be released next year. Cool, huh?
So I never thought I was much into baskets, but these have really grown on me. I am going to add some more trees and some more birds and more of the diamond boarder which is AWESOME!
Material Obsession 2. That is a great book if you don't have in in your library.
OK, I have work to do. You all have a great day.