This last post is about the class with Di Ford or shoud I say a dream that has come true! I had been dreaming of attending a class with Di Ford since I first opened her book. I love her quilts.
I am still working on Mountmellick, the Quiltmania BOM that Di ford did last year, and it is such a pleasure to piece this quilt.
For me, broderie perse is a real discovery and opens up new creative possibilities.
This is the model we've been working on in class. The aim was to discover broderie perse, how to cut the fabric, how to stitch tiny points and how to make the flowers in the border.
I love opening a kit and discovering what it contains... it is like a package a possibilities. It is also the reverse process from what we usually do as quilters. What I mean is that I usually choose fabric and try to guess what the effect will be depending on the fussy-cutting I will do or on what part of the fabric I will use. When opening a kit which contains the same fabrics as the sample piece, this is just the reverse process. It is discovering from which fabric Di obtained such an effect in the block. And let me tell you that it is really instructive. It opens up your mind and teaches you to look at fabrics with a different perspective.
Di also showed us what tools and pens she usually uses.
We were also very lucky to see pieces of future works...
... as well as a red version of Mountmellick.
At the end of the class, Evelyne, showed her version of Phebe, one of Di's quilt. It was really impressive! Such a beautiful version and the details were amazing. I suppose it must be fantastic for a quilt designer to see how their creativty is such a source of inspiration for many of us.
I was also happy to meet people who knew me from my blog. And in this class, I met someone from England. I am glad she introduced herself and was happy to meet her ;-). That is so nice to be connected with many people sharing the same passion.
I am also looking forward to seeing your fabric collection in the shops.
This is the last post about my quilting journey to Nantes. No need to tell you that it has been a very special moment. This quiltshow is unique. It gives all of us the opportunity to see wonderful exhibitions, meet quilt designers in a very friendly atmosphere and to attend classes to learn new techniques or share a special moment with your favourite designers.
I have already marked the dates for next year. I do not know yet whether I will be able to attend but will do my best not to miss it.