Of course, I was given a bit of a heads up on this gathering so I could throw my hexie projects into the van for show and share ---
I just love Mary's shop...it's in a historic building in a neat old section of Bedford ---and when I walked in the door I was greeted with big hellos from everyone, hugs all around ---it was like coming home!
Of course, it is full of gorgeous fabrics, so that could be part of the wonderfulness too! LOL!
I turned around and cracked up laughing when I saw this sign announcing that I would be here:
I changed it to "IS HERE!!"
These gals don’t know how lucky they are to have Mary and her wealth of knowledge and vast collection of antique quilts on hand for inspiration ---She had brought a selection of English paper pieced hexagon quilts with her for inspiration – and we were so inspired!
The evening’s focus was on fussy cutting ---so many ways to use this to let the fabric do the talking in a very fun way!
How sweet is this! The kitty is from Mary’s “Cat in the Manor” fabric line ---
The navy hexies around the cat were fussy cut from this fabric --
This really nifty acrylic tool is used to center the motif – and the outline of the block is stamped to the wrong side of your fabric so you can easily cut it out on the lines knowing your motif is where it needs to be. These are very cool, and were found in Japan while Mary was vending there ---I love finding things that are a bit “out of the norm” from things we usually see.
A really cute hexie pin cushion!
Tiny hexies in progress --
Doris shared her bright & bold hexies and stars quilt in Kaffe Fasset fabrics!
Love these, Doris!
Doris is leading up the “how to” session for the ladies—I was just along for the ride and enjoying everyone’s company. I spent some time cutting out my neutral hexagons for my project so they will be ready to go when I fly to Alaska after this Pennsylvania trip. My stash of neutral hexies for the current project was really getting down there in variety so I needed to stockpile some more….and some more reds too while I am at it.
Busy hands with tiny fussy cuts! These were so cute!
And now for the piece de resistance –the antique quilts! I’m uploading these into a slide show because there are too many to be able to post one at a time. The quilt top with the TINY hexagons is falling apart in places due to the mordant in the print on the red fabric ---they just didn’t know what would happen to this fabric over time. There is fabric in this quilt dating from 1780 ((No that is not a typo!!)) to 1850. That is a span of 70 years worth of scraps. AMAZING!
If you can’t view the slide show on your mobile device, click the image below to visit the actual photo album. Enjoy!
|Mary's Quilt Shop, July 2013|