We had many highlights while we were away, visiting Dreamworld with all the cousins, attending the Grandparents combined 70th birthday, attending my niece's 2nd birthday, a day trip to Sydney, etc, etc. But for me, a most exciting highlight was the chance to visit Material Obsession in Sydney and to meet the wonderful Kathy Doughty. Oh Wow, what a shop, I only wish I lived nearby.
Liesle & KathyKathy is such an exuberant, talented, fun lady who made me feel very welcome the minute I walked in the door (check out the blog post she did in my honour, blush, blush!). The lovely Liesle was on staff that day, she has the most amazing scarfs and I loved her skirt!
Liesle, Me, KathyIt was my lucky day to visit, the talented Brigitte Giblin was teaching a class and gave me a personal show and tell of her amazing quilts. Each quilt has a story and I could have listened to her for hours.
Brigitte Giblin and one of her many gorgeous quiltsBrigitte now has a website where you can purchase some of her beauties, she will be adding more quilt patterns to it as she gets them written up. I have already purchased her gorgeous Little Hexagon Purse Pattern and found her website very easy to use.
Ok, so I couldn't visit such a glorious shop without a purchase or two now could I? But how do you choose, it was like being in a candy shop, so much colour and temptation everywhere. After much deliberation, I ended up with these gorgeous fabrics....
Left to Right:
1. Alexander Henry 'Bauhaus'
2. Rawhide by Moda
3. Liberty Marylebone by Kaffe for Rowan
4. Radiation by Kaffe
5. Verna by Kate Spain for Moda
6. Freebird by MoMo for Moda.
As well as this divine kit....
Tokyo Rose is a pattern that has been catching my eye for a long time, so I couldn't resist it in kit form. Kathy has many wonderful kits in her shop, most of them you can find on her website. She is selling this pattern in dolly quilt size too and that one is gorgeous all done up in Kaffe fabrics.
Also purchased this...
Many more half square triangles will be made around here, and this little tool from Creative Grids will make the process much quicker. Kathy gave me some templates for this gorgeous block, can't wait to play around with these, thank you Kathy!
Many of you know I am in the process of making the gorgeous Sue Ross blocks which are a block of the Month program from Material Obsession. While I was in the shop, Kathy showed me the finished quilt top....
Kathy and the finished Sue Ross BOM quilt top in Contemporary colourwayOh my, it is stunning, I am very inspired to get these blocks finished to make up this fabulous quilt (I'm making two though, so it might take me a little time yet!).
I have come away from Kathy's shop having met some lovely friends, and feeling incredibly inspired to get back to creating again, and playing with colour and wonderful fabrics (after 3 weeks of no stitching, aarrgh!). Very soon I will show what I came home to (I had ordered a couple of things before I left, and won a couple of things while away). But first, I'm off to our local Bargain Box fabric shop to pick up my serviced sewing machine!!! xo