By Betsi Beem, guest blogger and huge fan of CQ!
|I love Fridays! Ever since I started coming to “Textile Therapy” on Fridays at Cottage Quiltworks about eight weeks ago, my life just started to get a bit cheerier.
I had been coming to CQW over the last few years with little bits and bobs of small projects I’d been working on and I was amazed with the warm and welcoming reception I got AND how enthusiastic Gerri and all the staff at the shop were in suggesting the most fabulous fabrics to match what I was working on, or their generosity in sharing secret tips to make my life as a novice sewist so much easier. Then, I’d pop my head into the classrooms to see groups of sewists working away at the most amazing projects! The colours! The creativity! The community! I was hooked.
So…just what is Textile Therapy at CQW? It is a delicious five hours of therapeutic immersion in whatever tantalising textile project you have going with the support of the fabulous Annette and the other members of the sewing community that are there that day. Seriously. Bring any project and you’ll be swimming in an amazingly supportive, knowledgeable, and creative community and your heart will sing.
|Annette is an amazing teacher. She has years of experience teaching textile arts in high schools, preparing students for their HSC projects. You would have seen the divine creations the students complete that are on display at the Sydney Quilt Show each year from across the state. She has been teaching at CQW for the last seven years and her vast expertise is seemingly endless. She can give great advice and teaching on so many facets of textile therapy. She has really helped me find my way in hand stitching applique, is amazing at teaching foundation piecing, and even putting together projects with itty bitty bits like the “Girl Next Door” pattern by Louise Papas.|
|Today we had such a great smattering of projects and styles– from the soft colours of a hand pieced baby’s quilt to the bold and bright colours of a batik wonky star quilt and including felt applique and dressmaking!|
|Megan was working on the loveliest little quilt for her soon-to-come-into-this-world granddaughter. A beautifully hand stitched bow tie quilt for a teeny tiny one to enter the world.
Cherise brought in her completed top and was ready to prep for quilting. Her bold batiks and wonky stars lit up the room. We all oooohed and aaaahed over her near completed project. We can’t wait to see how her quilting progresses!
I just love her wonky stars!
|I’m making progress on my Wendy Williams’ Urban Owls quilt and worked out my felt corner colours and moved on to make some Ohio Star blocks! I originally purchased this kit as a Block of the Month SIX years ago, but life intervened and it had remained veritably untouched in the mailing packages from six years ago. It is so therapeutic to dust off the mailers and get to work!|
|Karen rounded out the project diversity by laying out and cutting her Eva Dress pattern by Tessuti. The light salmon coloured linen she had was just so divine. By the end of the day she had completed and fitted the bodice! I just can’t wait to see her in the finished product.|
|It also just so happens that Fridays aren’t the only days this fabulousness occurs! Annette brought pictures from Thursday’s sessions! The projects ranged from foundation piecing, to working on pickets for “The Girl Next Door” quilt, to pattern making, and sewing on a binding. Just how am I going to survive until next Friday??|