I’ve just finished another rainbow scarf, which I have been knitting on and off for a year. This is the third one that I have made, in the last year and a half. I’ve made one for each of my girls and now one for me. The yarn is a 50/50 composition of Wool and Acrylic, in “Fern”, of the Moda Vera brand for Spotlight. As happened last time I made it, I completed it on a day when the weather was wildly inappropriate, (hot).
Since completing my first knitting project of the year, I’ve started on my first quilt of the year, whilst spending the weekend at “The Retreat” in Woodend, in country Victoria. The Retreat is set up specifically as a sewing venue, with 5 large bedrooms, several lounges and a large studio space. I spent my time there with 6 other like-minded ladies, and it was delightful.
So this is what I’m making my new quilt out of, Some happy greens, deep blues, sandy browns and joyous oranges. I’m halfway through finishing the quilt top, and can’t wait to show you. Pulling out stacks of coordinating fabric is just about my favourite part of the process, which is the perfect segue into my other bit of news from the weekend…
While away, I took a side trip to visit Ballarat, and the lovely Alison (left) at her new, (soon to open) teaching space/store, “The Cotton Factory”. During my time there, I played around making several fabric stacks, pulling out fabrics from all over the store. My friend Anita (Hillside Quilting) and I were there to talk to Alison about teaching classes in her new space. I will be teaching needle-turn applique later in the year, and Anita will be teaching free-motion-quilting (for domestic machines). Once we have some dates to share, I’ll let you know. Alison has some photos of the fun we got up to on her Facebook page (link above) and on her Instagram account, including photos of some of the fabric stacks I created for versions of my “All A Flutter” Cushion, which will be the pattern I use to teach needle-turn. The Cotton Factory Ballarat also has a Big Cartel store online, which is live now, but I will be sure to share the news once the space itself has an opening date.
Is making fabric stacks your favourite part of the quilt making process?