So this past weekend was spent at Hetties Patch with a bunch of lovely ladies attending a workshop hosted by the very friendly and super talented Kellie Wulfsohn of Don't Look Now. I went into the workshop with much trepidation wondering whether I was completely out of my depth in both my own abilities as well as my sewing machines ability! But I am happy to report that I was certainly up to scratch and the old machine made it through as well, (although I now have my eye on a sparkling new Bernina 440 QE, oh please Santa I have been really good!!!), I think Kellie felt like she had stepped back into the dark ages when she sat down at my machine to demonstrate something, and the visibility when doing the free motion wasn't the greatest, so we turned my machine on the side so as to try and get better visibility - very unconventional! The whole process of working on the project was so relaxing and I was amazed at just how much I can get done when I don't have 3 babes wanting my attention as well. I was very happy with the progress on day one, and think I did pretty well. Lorraine had the shop open and available to us the whole weekend which proved to be very tempting, and so convenient to be able to just walk in and grab that perfect print or the exact shade of thread, I think I am obsessed with fabric at the moment and may have to start attending Fabric Buyers Anonymous!!
Kellie had most of her quilts and cushions and wall hangings available to us, and it was so great to see everything up close, she really has done some fantastic work and I can't wait to get started on some of her patterns now that I know I can actually do it! I am going to try and do the Monster Quilt for Oscar, but I will use the blues, greens and browns that I bought awhile ago in it, so it will be my take on her design.
I also can't wait to start on a few other of her projects, and I am looking forward to her releasing the new Christmas wreath design that she unveiled on the weekend.
On my own little project - The first day of Christmas, which was a partridge in a pear tree theme, I got all the applique work done on the first day and then did lots of practicing on the free motion quilting on day two and did a bit of "reverse stitching" when the old machine decided to have a few tension issues! So I completed the quilting yesterday and I am pretty happy with how it has turned out. Now I just have to decide whether I make it into a cushion cover or whether I frame it or something - decisions, decisions!
Made a few little purchases while I was there which will all pretty much go into some of the patterns that I want to make up, and a few others that I want to use on the back of another quilt that I have in my head.
So all in all it was a great weekend, learnt heaps, met some lovely ladies, Got lots of goodies - thank you Lorraine and Leanne for making the bags and badges, enjoyed some lovely food and heavenly cheesecake! (not good for the diet!), got loads of great advice about machines and technique etc, and of course got to meet Kellie! She is very inspiring and if you get the chance you should definitely try and make it to one of her workshops. I think I will definitely be coming again next time she is back in Adelaide.