Hey Everyone, welcome back to Inspirational Sunday.
I spent the past week with many quilters from all over Canada, the US and other parts of the world creating textile art by the sea. Every year many quilters converge together to renew friendships, meet new friends and enjoy the art of quilting and textile design.
Being amongst all of these like minded people is a great source of inspiration for me. The talent and creativity of all of them is absolutely amazing.
On the second last day of each session we do what is called a walk about through all of the classrooms to see what has been designed and created by each student. Nine class rooms in all ranging from needle turn appliqué to paper piecing to fabric painting to tiling to free form curves. Stunning is one word to describe all of the work.
Unlike, many quilting retreats the Empty Spools Seminars is 5 days of the same instructor. When you can only pick one but want to take 3 the choice can be quite difficult. The 5 day classes are great because you actually leave with a feeling of accomplishment and there is a lot of time to work on your piece rather than just sit, listen and watch what the instructor is doing. Lots of time for questions and discussions about what you are working on.
The inspiration for my piece this year was a photo of a sunrise (at top of page) taken by my father-in-law from his house. They have great views of the sunrises which is lucky for me, also lucky for me is he loves to take photos. The deep reds and purples with some splashes of orange made this a great piece to create and I had lots of fun buying fabric for it. I used only batiks or hand dyed fabrics to create the piece.
I didn’t get it finished but that’s okay – only have to stitch it together and do the quilting. Hopefully just a couple of days work left and then I can move onto a new piece – possibly the jelly fish photo in my colour blog from Friday.
Quilt camp is a great way for me to become inspired – too bad I only attend once a year but once is better than none.