Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Trunk show at the Madison Station Quilters guild

Forever ago (it seems), Susan from the Madison Station Quilters, invited me to give a presentation at her guild. The time has arrived for my speaking engagement: this Thursday (tomorrow), in Madison, Alabama, which is just outside of Huntsville.
Bobbin work on yarn-dyed wovens from Diamond Textiles.
With my presentation, I'll have a few of my pieces for a trunk showquilts and garments. I’ve been exploring yarn-dyed fabrics in various capacities for about a year—with hand stitching, bobbin work, decorative machine stitchesand combining the yarn-dyed textured wovens with vintage and other printed quilting cottons.

I'm finding the juxtaposition between the textures (one of the inherent characteristics) of the yarn-dyed wovens and the patterns of the printed cottons fascinating and refreshing... and in a way, sophisticated! 
Kalamkari block-printed cotton fabrics from Diamond Textiles. 
When I mentioned to Susan that I'd like to bring "show and tell" and some fabric samples to the meeting, she was excited. I said I'd like to introduce the guild members to a few new fabric lines (from the UK, India and Australia) and show examples. I hope to provide a different view and ideas for mixing fabrics. Another quilting friend calls it "patchwork fusion."
Fabrics from M&S Textiles Australian.
I am excited to see and hear the feedback from the Madison Station quilters. Mixing fabrics that are made in different parts of our world and inspired by different cultures is fun and exciting... and sharing ideas with fellow quilters is even better! Alabama, here I come.

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