For this last post about the quiltshow in Nantes I will show you pictures taken during the three classes. Three different atmospheres, three different designers from three different countries...
The class with Reiko Kato was a one-day class. It wasn't new for me as I had already taken two classes with Reiko. This sewing box was a challenge though! I managed to make half of the roof in class and to do the appliqués on one side. It shouldn't take long to finish it.
I started with this...
... and will (hopefully) finish with this ;-)
The details are really charming... even the inside of the box is beautiful and perfectly finished.
With Maggie Bonanomi, I made the peapod pincushion. What a lovely project! It was a fun and relaxed class with a lot of talking and stitching. And at the end of the class, the project was finished. Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos while in class...
Finally, the class with Kathy Doughty.
The first thing I will put to
practise now is the use of a design wall to audition the fabrics.
Then, I will also consider the fabric itself as well as all the possibilities of fussy cutting for achieving different effects... again the design wall is very useful to test.
This is one finished block Kathy brought. This one is quilted because we discussed the different quilting possibilities we have to consider before pressing the seam allowances to one side or the other.
Finally these are different blocks (not completely sewn) on the design wall made by the participants.
My block is the one on the left in the last picture. I still need to sew the inner circle and the outer pieces.
To make these blocks, we had to pick up a fabric pack prepared by Kathy and each one of us had to audition their fabrics, choose which one will be used for a specific piece in the block and decide on a fussy cut to achieve a special effect. As you can see, I didn't pick a multicoloured pack!!!
In the last picture, you can see that a lady picked up the same fabric pack as me and we chose a totally different use of the fabrics for a totally different effect at the end.
As Kathy explained, there is no right or wrong, it is just something that is very personal.
One of the quilt in Kathy's book is called Soul Searching! Well, it says it all.
It was a wonderful class :-)
Edit : April 24th 2012
I have just finished the block and wanted to share it with you ;-)
As promised, we are going to Sydney, Australia to meet Brigitte Giblin and Kathy Doughty.
Be ready for a completely different universe... or so I thought... full of colours, light, sunshine!!! Life in full bloom.
I thought it was very different from the traditional quilts but there are so many things in common, too! The patterns are not so different. My natural attraction goes to antique quilts using neutral colors. I tend to prefer taupes, browns, faded blues and greys to any other colors. Yet, one of the first big quilt I made was Spring Garden by Liza Prior Lucy using Kaffe Fasset fabric collections. It was not a flashy quilt though! But Kathy Doughty's quilts attract my eye. I like them but I am afraid of using colors in my quilts. I am not creative at all. That's why I went to a class with Kathy. I have learnt a lot. But more about that in the post about the classes.
Enjoy these colourful quilts which are, as kathy says, a promise of joy!
What a fascinating trip around the world! And visiting the houses was not everything you could see at the show.