Sunday, August 17, 2014

Workshop with Mrs Martins Quilt shop

Wow !!!! where do I begin ????
The workshop was fantastic....!!! 
I had the best time...
Watching each creative spirit rise to the surface 
& make it's way onto painted finishes with the aid of layering with stamps & buttons & stuff  was such a reward!
It was a technique & ideas day.... 
 I was so thrilled at the responses....
I know everyone will now look at the world a wee bit different !
I will...

Karen who is Mrs Martin's Quilt shop acquired this fab space in Ringwood at Tintern School.... with some assistance from Kerry..
It was a great great space, clean, warm, kitchen etc etc.
Karen began our day by serving up morning tea....
She not only makes quilts !!!
We eased into the day as the arrival of people..leisurely strolls  along the selling table & the workshop ideas table 
 We painted & got the feel of paint on the brush & on paper...
Then from our sample bags came a small paper mache box to paint, then a canvas frame...some buttons to use...
After lunch we all ventured outside to do some spraying over stencils & onto a piece of calico.
 What I wanted from this day did happen....
& from what the women said as they left or emailed later
It was a day of creativity.....
Friendly as we all mingled at the stamping table & after at the stencil spraying...
I watched clusters of people chatting as they stood watching or just resting.
The day was casual yet creative...it gave time for each of us to ponder, to chat & to see what each had created... 
as well as eat cake ! 
Painting isn't a non messy look... 
so on each picture I took a lot of hands & cups with water & foiled plates with paints squeezed on....
but peer closely at the creations in progress.


One lady was having her birthday treat & now thinks this is a fab idea for a friend's birthday.
Lisa from Max & Louise Pattern company was there 
& this is  the venue where the Mrs Martin's Summer school will be held that Max & Louise run...with Mrs Martin
Leeanne from Petals &  Patches was also with us...
Maria reminded me that we had met, she thinks it would be 10 years ago with a Gathering that Attic Crafts held in Bendigo in the beautiful Greystanes building...
Much coming together...
Which is how Country Friends & I started & ran our Gatherings of Hearts & Hands so so many years ago in Canberra..
It was where people came alone often, as strangers & left making friends which I would guess some still keep in contact...???
One of my original Gathering favourite people & now friend, Joy smiles from the collage above..

I drove back after the day, just before the sun set.....
This next week will see me very busy as I have many orders now waiting...they arrive on the same days or come in one after each other.....
But what a great end to one week & a great beginning to this one.
To the wonderful people who came yesterday..  a big warmest Thank You from the bottom of my heart
You all warmed my soul.
If anyone would like me to get paints for them....
or reminded where I found things
Email me !!
Barb xx