Here’s one last photo from Melbourne, Australia. The Australasian Quilt Convention that I attended was held at this beautiful building, the Royal Exhibition Building (built in 1880).
I’m happy to announce that the jet lag from my trip to the Australasian Quilt Conference in Melbourne, Australia is slowly receding. It was wonderful to be with the Aussie quilters, who are both friendly and welcoming. But that 16 hour flight (plus 4 hours to LAX) is hard on this old quilter.
Here you see the art quilts made by students in the Tiny Homes class. Aren’t they fun? This class is always an adventure and a surprise. You never know what people can imagine in fabric. Thank you quilters of Australia!
Frieda and I are off to the lovely state of Kentucky soon for the American Quilter Society Show in Paducah. It seems all we do is pack and unpack fabric, thread, patterns and quilts. That’s the not so fun part of travel.
The fun part of travel is visiting with our quilt friends from around the world like this famous chicken quilter. Perhaps you know him? Hope to see you in Paducah. We’re in booth 1224 (think Christmas Eve).
It’s opening day at the IQF Chicago Quilt Festival and Frieda and I are ready to show our stuff. Stuff like hand-dyed threads and hand-dyed cheese cloth, velvet, and cotton fabrics. Our patterns are set and we have a great display of art work for you to see as well. We are in booth #1823 the same year I was born. Hope to see you!
One of the fabrics I’ve dyeing lately for the IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows is cheesecloth. Yep. Cheesecloth, as in making jam cheesecloth. People often ask how to use it for art work so I’ve made up a short tutorial for you. You’ll love how it adds texture to another fabric. Here’s how:
1. Apply fusible web to one layer of the cheesecloth. I recommend Misty Fuse, a light weight fusible web that won’t clog up the gaps in the cheesecloth with glue as much as other fusible webs. Use parchment paper to transfer the glue to the fabric.
I’m happy to see that the SAQA exhibit Balancing Act will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago this week. My quilt, Lacking Gravity, is part of this fun exhibit. It’s called Lacking Gravity because, sadly, at our house we have no gravity.
Check it out and stop in to see Frieda and me in booth #1823 too!