One of the things I love about going to the trade shows, Quilt Market in the US is catching up with all the quilty friends I have made over the last 17+ years that I have been making this twice yearly epic journey.
One of the constant friendly faces since the early years of my visits has been Pat Sloan and so when Pat invited me to be a part of her fabulous radio show this month I immediately said 'yes please'.
Pat and I got to talk via Skpe (what would we do wothout that briliant pice of technology! Hope you can find the time to listen to us chattering away, although I fear that poor Pat could hardly get a word in!
Follow this link to look at Pat's blog where you can see the times the show is airing and follow the links to listen now or listen later :)
You need to scroll down Pat's page a bit as first on air is Ellen Murphy, followed by Amy Smart....then its my turn!
I know its been a bit quiet around here...I have been catching up on sleep after my wonderful teaching cruise to New Zealand followed 6 days later by a trip to Russia. Now the packing has begun in earnest as we prepare for Spring market in Pittsburg, PA.
As you can see from my name badge we have booth #1844 at Spring Market, if you are a store owner I do hope you will visit me to see my new goodies, admire my 'coming soon' new fabric collection which is called Pocketful of Daisiesand all the gorgeous new projects that I have made using this 'coming soon' and current fabric collections.
After market we are heading to Warren, PA where Melanie Barett from Quiltessentials, 212 Main St. Pittsfield, PA 16340 the guild coordinator for the area has invited us to do a trunk show at 6.30pm on Monday 19th May.
I am sure they still have room for a few more people, I will have my suitcases full of samples to show you.
and a one day workshop on tuesday 20th May
There are still a couple of places left in the workshop so be quick if you want to join in. We will be working on my new sewing case, the case itself comes ready made and we will just have fun stitching the cover for it.
I did this workshop with the ladies in Russia for the first time and it was a fun workshop with a couple of the speedy stitchers finishing theirs by the end of the day.
Here is one of the Russian sewing cases complete with Russian words for 'I Love Sewing'...
If your interested in coming to either of these events please contact Melanie Barrett for further information regarding the trunk show and the workshop.
Next stop.....Bedford, PA. We are visiting our friends Joe and Mary Koval where we are setting up a display and little shop on Friday 23rd May and Saturday 24th in the afternoons.
Its going to be alot of fun as some other Australian designers will also be there. Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork
It would be fantatic if you live in the area and could drop in a say hello as we would love to meet you. I cant wait to see Mary's Quilt Shop which is located in this gorgeous historical building. Here is the address and contact details if you need more info.
Somewhere in between Warren and Bedford, Vince and I are venturing to Lancaster which is Amish country, its been about 10 years since I was there and Vince has never visited that area. If anyone has any suggestions of where to go and what to see we would love to hear them. Please email me privately at email@example.com
We are so lucky we have a lovely group of ladies who are meeting once a month in the store, under the guidance of Karen they are busy working on 'My Home or Yours' .
It was very exciting this week, Donna came with month 1 finished of the little quilt that I designed for the gorgeous French magazine 'Simply Vintage'. There will be a part of the little quilt in each of the four issues this year, so be sure to collect all four copies (you can order them direct from us if you wish).
Nice job Donna, if your interested in the fabrics we have packs of the fabrics that are the original ones that were used in the project.
This is Illi Illi, one of the stores that hosted a one day workshop.
This is the very lovely owner of the quilt and knitting wool store, she joined the workshop for the day.
I loved this wonderful homemade fruit tea, it has thin slices of lime, cumquat, strawberries and ??? Would love a recipie if anyone has one and of course I need to buy myself one of these.
This delightful dish (sorry for the bad photo but the cafe was fairly dark inside) is a traditional dish from Gerogia. I found a recipie for it here and wil try to make it when I get home as its delicious. The little salad was lots of beautifully chopped vegetables.
Working on doing nice neat applique, having a good fine sharp needle is essential for good results..
Showing how to use the glue pen to do hexagons fast, its funny how we forget that not everyone knows how to do things.
This lady had many quilts on display with lots of interesting techniques and textures, you can see my two favourites below.
My friend from Clover who was here with his team demonstrating the some of the many products that Clover produce.
There was a nice display of quilts and considering that patchwork and quilting is a relatively new form of craft in Russia I imagine that in a few more years the quilts on display will be truly amazing.
Love the colours in this quilt.
the flowers are dimensional which gave a lovely effect
All my students were presented with a certificate at the end of the day, such a fun day and by the end of the day even the very shy ladies were talking to me in English.
This is Sonia, one of the lovely girls talking to ladies about my deisgns and selling my patterns and buttons here at the show.
This is Julia who has been kindly picking me up each morning and escorting me safely to the Quilt Festival in Moscow.
Julia takes me on the metro each morning, we change trains at one of the oldest stations in the centre of the city. These wonderful brass statues line the walkways, this one shows a man with his dog, can you see how shiny the dogs nose is?? Everyone touches the dogs nose to bring them luck (of course I did too).
Julia has limited English so I am not sure why everyone stroke the rooster but he seems very popular as he is so shiny...maybe he brings money!
After the metro ride we walk a little distance and I love this cute little house perched on top of another building! The mural on the wall behind sets the scene so nicely.
There are lots of lovely quilts here on display that have been made by groups of children, the quality of work is good and its so nice to see that young people are wanting to be creative and for this we have to aplaud the patient teachers who are guiding them. This quilt is my favourite.
This one has a Japanese feel to it.
Here I am with grandma, mum and daughter standing in front of a quilt that they helped to coordinate.
These two lovely young ladies have made blocks for one of the quilts on display, the bag I am looking at was made by the young lady in the centre.
More of the childrens quilt entries, the Olympic one is also one of my favourites.
Here I am with one of the lovely teachers standing proudly in front of one of the quilts, this one is all of clothing some I think are traditional, I really like the blocks with the warm footwear, very creative.
Can you see the buttons that have been stitched to form a collar on this dress, brilliant idea.
Time for dinner, we went to a wonderful famous resturant called Pushkin. These rolls/pastries are filled with various things, mushroom, fish, lamb, cabbage etc. I chose the mushroom one and it was delicious.
I chose beef stroganof for my main but this fish dish was so decorative I had to take a photo...pastry back for the boat and fish front complete with sail, the mashed potato was piped on one side to look like ocean waves! Apparently it tasted as good as it looked.
My first Russian meal was a very traditional bowl of Borsche, this delicious bowl of betrrot and other vegetable soup which was served with sour cream....delicious.
This is the view from the studio apartment where I am staying.....
Day one - my hostess took me on a tour of all the places I have heard of, the wonderful thing is that everything is within walking of where I am staying so we had a great morning together seeing the sights and taking lots of photo's.
Clear blue skies with a chill in the air, perfect for walking and exploring. We visited the very famous Red Square
Look where I am going to be in November this year....the very lovely Brenda and her mum Lulu have invited me to be their guest designer for a weekend just outside of Mexico City.
Well I had back to packing for my Russian trip. I leave tomorrow afternoon for 5 days teaching in Moscow at the Quilt Festival and a few days being a tourist in the amazing city with my wonderful host Rimma from Textile Fancy and Russian Quilters Association.