It's been 1 whole month since I set off to quilt market in Minneapolis.
Always nice to catch up with everyone
The Moda designer team and a few Aussies too. I apologise for the lack of eye candy from market but I was kept busy on the booth
Following market I was very lucky to be included in a tour of Meredith. The prop room, gardens and craft lab were amazing.
Then off to Gretna, Nebraska to The Quilted Moose where Debbie and Don looked after me so well. Debbie's shop is gorgeous, filled with dozens of samples to inspire. I stayed at her lodge and classes were held here too. She's quite a cook and a great host also! On the morning I flew out we stopped to visit a friend of Debbie's to see her wonderful garden
Then to Fort Collins Colorado. Tara Rebman aka tinkerfrog made sure I had a warm welcome and a wonderful time. Her culinary background was sure evident and I can't believe I didn't get photos of the spread she provided for 20+ of us each meal. Classes were held at the Artery. Such a cool place. I stayed there too.....with the gorgeous antique quilt on my bed. A big thank you to Angela who waited at the airport for hours as my flight was delayed and to Michelle for my very own sew together bag.
From Colorado I flew to North Carolina, where I spent the next week. The lovely Lee Monroe aka May Chappell met me at the airport and she and her gorgeous family look are after me.
I spoke at Lees guild then taught at Sew Original in Winston-Salem and Boone, Studio Stitch in Greensbro and A Stitch in Time in Franklin.
Lee and Amy took me to see my very first ballgame and The Dash won!!
North Carolina is gorgeous and I was not surprised to find out Dirty Dancing was filmed near to where I stayed.
I stayed at Lees family cabin in Sylva then a few days at her family's home in Blowing Rock
The dogwoods were incredible. Made mine look feeble!
Not great photos but the barn quilts were great ( I should have climbed into the properties to get better shots)
The Monroe family treated me to a southern spread, pimento cheese, fried chicken, devilled eggs......delicious! And on the screened porch
Thank you every one for a wonderful month. I have eaten and laughed my way around the country! And without doubt I will be back
Hi I'm Richard, husband to @jenkingwell. Have been for too many years to count, let's just say a long time.
Jen used to be a midwife and life was peaceful. She went to work at 7am and came home at 4pm. She even got days off each week. Then she became a store owner, then pattern designer and now she's joined "the family" (Moda that is, not mafia) and is designing fabric. Are you all getting the message??
Well that's life for 10 months of the year, then there is Quilt Market in the USA twice a year.........I'm not going to say anything else as I don't wish to incriminate anyone but every picture tells a thousand words...........
Just as well I'm a capable lad
I even washed the dog
( no animals were harmed in the making of this post)
There is no doubt I've had some adventures living in the Middle East but it is so nice to be home.
I think it is just starting to register that I'm here to stay, not having to get back on a plane after just a few short weeks.
For many years it has been one of our favourite things, to get up early and head to The Queen Victoria Market for our weekly supplies. When our girls were younger it was " a secret date" that Richard and I enjoyed. No one ever wanted to get up at 0530 on a Saturday, so we would head off to gather the produce then have a sneaky breakfast and coffee. This morning was just as it always has been
Love the mugs and teapots at the speciality tea shop
Welcome to my little corner of this amazing world of quilts, textiles, art and crafting of all sorts.
Many years ago Sue Spargo ( check out Sues blog, she is an amazing textile artist ) came to teach in my store Amitie in Melbourne, Australia and she and her sister Wendy Morris encouraged me to take a booth at international quilt market and make my quilting patterns available to a wider audience. I had been designing and selling my patterns in my store only at this stage. I am forever grateful for this encouragement, Sues friendship and her invitation to participate in this blog hop.
This is one example of the amazing embellishment Sue does
I feel grateful every day for the pleasure I get from my "job". For me there is nothing more satisfying than sitting in a huge pile of colourful fabrics choosing just that right piece for my next project. I'm a scrap quilter and love to include as many fabrics as I can in one single design! I love all things "quilts" and admire all styles of quilting but my favourites are vintage quilts. Hand piecing, needle turn appliqué and hand quilting are my love but in this busy fast paced life, I do machine piece as well but rarely machine quilt. I love the softness and texture that hand quilting gives and I feel sure the process lowers my blood pressure!! I'm a midwife by trade and it was an honour and a joy to be included in those most precious and private moments of others lives. When I left nursing, my hobby became my next rewarding career. Teaching and watching the joy and companionship others get while making something both useful and beautiful is so rewarding and I have met some of the most amazing people over the years. Here are just a few examples of my work
This year I has been an exciting one for me with the debut of my first fabric line "Gardenvale" for Moda due to hit the shelves in April 2015 and I have my first book "Quilt Lovely" published by FW Media due for release in March 2015.
On a personal level I have been living in the Middle East for the past 2 years as my husband is working here but am looking forward to moving back home in the not to distant future I hope. This time has allowed me to explore different things and we have both really enjoyed the experience.
I would like now to introduce to you, two fabulous women that I admire and am lucky enough to call them friends
The amazing Amy Smart ( I was lucky enough to teach with Amy at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London this year)
Amys favorite style of quilting is "scrappy" - whether they're vintage pioneer & depression-era quilts or modern. She loves to teach beginning quilting classes and finds it so rewarding watching others fall in love with the addiction that is quilting (and collecting fabric). She started writing a blog about her hobby in 2008 and has loved the real-life connections she's made with fellow-quilters from around the world. Her first book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, was published this past spring.
Lee’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic.
Go check her out also!!
I love catching up all these ladies at quilt market each year. It is a real highlight of my week