Well, well, what do we have here?! Oh yes, a finished quilt-top! Thought I'd share it up front, and then go back to the beginning of the Red Letter Day block-sew-a-thon, which started in Camille's class and continued over these last few days.
After the fabulous experience of Camille's trunk show last week, I was fortunate enough to be one of 28 quilty-ladies to take part in Camille's Red Letter Day class at The Quilters' and Embroiders' Store (well, our class was actually held at the Greenslopes Bowls Club - an awesome venue!).
I precut all my blocks ready for the class - all Bonnie and Camille fabrics, with fussy-cut centres, and Pam Kitty Morning's 'Recipe for Success' white on white text print as the background. I'm not the world's best cutter and wanted to get that done slowly and in my own time, and so I was determined to finish one and maybe even two blocks during Camille's class. This is the first block I made!
|[Lizzy House's 'Red Letter Day' ducks in the middle ... I really just had to use Red Letter Day fabric in my Red Letter Day quilt!]|
Tracy and I shared a table with Kirsty and Margaret, and they were lovely company for the day. Camille is an excellent teacher - as well as being an excellent pattern-creator-and-writer - and she shared lots of little cutting, sewing and ironing tips with us all during the day. There were also lots of little giveaways throughout the day - pre-cuts of Camille's fabrics, Camille's patterns and Aurifil thread! I was lucky enough to win a mini 'Dwell' pattern (at the trunk show) and a little set of Aurifil thread, for somehow knowing that Boise is the capital of Camille's home-state of Idaho!
We all shared in a great lunch, and then got cracking with more sewing. Here's my second block from the class.
|[Aunty Cookie's Cookies in the middle]|
Our group of 28 ladies made 40 blocks during our class time.
It was such a wonderful day, just such a treat to spend the day sewing with fabric-and-quilt-loving-ladies, and getting to know Camille and Holly. We had so much fun, I absolutely loved it. Here's one last pic from the class - Tracy, me, Camille and Holly!
I came home completely determined to sew up all my blocks as soon as I could, so that I could actually finish the quilt! Everything came together pretty quickly, since I'd pre-cut everything. I broke everything down into steps, and made the HST's one day, the strip sets another day - and then Tracy and I had a mini-sewing-day on Monday, which really helped with finishing everything. So - one by one, here are my next seven blocks!
|[Tula Pink raccoon in the middle]|
|[Centre block - the red is a Bonnie + Camille I swapped with Kirsten, it's just perfect! For my first-ever following-a-quilt-pattern experience, I had to use Aunty Cookie's 'you clever thing you' for the very middle!]|
|[another Tula Pink raccoon]|
|[Umbrella Prints hearts]|
|[Happy Zombie gnomas!]|
|[Spoonflower print - for my older daughter]|
|[Sarah Jane mermaid, for my younger daughter]|
Tracy and I of course did our little sew-in while wearing our awesome Stately Type Australia t-shirts, that were a pressie from Holly! Do you see she is wearing hers in the pic above? Stately Type is a fab company owned by Holly and her husband David (who creates all the designs) - I really especially love the California bear shirt!
And now - the last pic, to top and tail with the very first pic way up there - Vee and I got together today to do a little cat&vee talking and tea-drinking, and she very kindly snapped some pics of my FINISHED quilt top!
I'm so happy with it, it's just so fun and awesome, I love it! And it's such a fabulous reminder of the wonderful experience of meeting Camille, Holly and Di Mill, and sharing in the trunk show and class with lots of great ladies. It's really been an absolute treat. Thanks so much to Camille and Holly for flying out here to see us all, we've loved meeting you, and thanks so much too to Di for organising such a fabulous trip!
There are lots of gorgeous blocks and quilt-tops popping up on #redletteraustralia on instagram - and you'll find lots of Camille, Holly's and Di's pics if you look at #quiltabout. I'll be back as soon as I can, to share FINISHED QUILT pics - though that could take a little while.
Hope your week has been a good one - winter has finally arrived in Brisbane, it's been a gorgeous week! xoxo cat