Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day One of a fantastic workshop!

Thursday was such a fun day for me! For it was the day of my long-anticipated workshop with Kellie Wulfsohn of Don't Look Now!

I drove to Patchwork House in Hawthorn, Melbourne, for Day One of a two-day workshop to learn how to make one of Kellie's gorgeous cushions from her Pretty 'n Pink pattern.

Kellie's teaching covered topics including raw-edge applique, fussy-cutting, and free-motion quilting, which are the three main techniques required to successfully create from one of Kellie's patterns.

Pictured above are my eager hands attempting my first ever raw-edge applique. It was so much fun!

Above is a close-up of Kellie's work... DROOL....

This is my test piece. Choosing colours and fabrics was a real eye-opener. I always thought I was pretty good with matching colour and understanding differences in tones and hues. However, choosing fabrics for 'fussy cutting' enabled me look at colour and pattern in a whole new light. I don't think I will ever look at fabrics in the same way again! It was liberating! :-)

Pictured above is Kellie's "How does your garden grow?" cushion. Her work is perfect in every way... colour, fabric, quilting, technique. I could way lyrical all day! One of the most wonderful things about the day was seeing Kellie's creations close-up and being able to TOUCH them!

I know that Kellie is running further workshops across the country and if you love her designs and have the opportunity to attend - I would highly recommend it. This talented lady really 'knows her stuff'. She is an excellent teacher, and a genuinely lovely and down-to-earth lady, to boot!

Changing the subject completely... have you checked out the counter on the top of my blog? It's not long now until the blogging world goes nutty! ! I can't wait.... can you?!!

Hugs! Vikki


Vicki ♥ said...

Vikki I am so envious of you going to Kellys workshop. :) I bet you had a ball and I love her designs too. I am glad you had a good time too :) Hugs sweetie

Deb said...

Vikki, what an amzing time you had at Kellies workshop. I love her work but it always looks so daunting. I have done a couple of pieces of raw edge applique this week but not sure what I am expecting.... send me hints, I couldn't enlarge your photo to see closer.
You are a wicked woman, such a tease babe, I am so looking forward to finding out your secrets that I will probably forget to look .....big hugs hun, Deb

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

oh Vikki,how lucky are you then, getting to one of Kellie's workshops. I have looked, rather drooled (!!!!) at her work many times, and thought Yeh, would like to try some of that! one of my tuit things when I have lots of "spare" time

Kaaren said...

Gorgeous work to be sure, Vikki...and so inspirational!

When I grow up I want to...well, you know the rest, huh?

Thanks for sharing.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks like you had an amazing time at the workshop Vikki - you lucky thing! Love the start you have made on your cushion. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh lucky, lucky, you. I'm sure you must have had a terrifc time. Does this mean we'll see more raw edge in your future?

Judith Tetley said...

Oh,oh,oh that workshop is looking nothing short of fabulous Vikki....enjoy every minute! Raw edge applique is loads of fun and I know you will quickly pop that technique into your designs.

birtyboutique0i0 said...

Wow I am drooling just looking at her work. It's amazing and your so lucky to have the opportunity to learn that.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

So you used your free motion quilting foot to do the raw edge applique. Tell me looks you might go off the edge or something....I love the photos!!! Beautiful and fun.


Dolores said...

Hi Vikki, I've been wondering what you've been up to lately. I'm glad you had a chance to get away and do the workshop. I won her pattern but haven't been able to get some time into making it. How does the raw edge applique hold up in the wash. My friends won't do it because they think it will fray after being washed.

Wendyb said...

Oh soooooo beautiful....I'll have to keep an eye out for her workshops ....looks great!
;o) Wendy B

Dawn said...

OOh that looked like so much fun... Lucky you!...Can't wait to see your cushion finished.
Hugs Dawn x

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish I could have goon to that workshop with you.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Oh mu gosh!!! i am really in love with the designs and the colours, too cool for words her work is stunning and so is yours great stuff

Simone de Klerk said...

Lucky lucky you to be able to join Kelly's workshop!!! Your 'try out' looks very pretty. And how wonderful that she also taught you how to look at fabrics and colors in a very different way.
Look foward to see a finished project!
And stop that teasing please ...

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Hi sweetheart,
Just catching up with all your news. I really missed blogland and can't wait to catch up with everyone.

How exciting to do Kellie's workshop - I'm envious too.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne


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