I’m freshly returned from 6 weeks in the United States and have arrived home full of inspiration and bags full of fabric. ie. excess baggage… I was there during the Presidential inauguration , but, my focus was strictly on fabric and quilting!!
The point of this trip was to attend QuiltCon in Savannah, Georgia. But of course I went the long way, via San Francisco, Napa and Seattle.
San Francisco and Napa were to visit family and my favourite quilt shops. My sister took me to a new shop – Bay Quilts in Richmond, which is gorgeous. A very nice range, some damage was done to my wallet!
Next stop was Seattle to visit my friend Cec. Friends from Australia also met me in Seattle where we had a very snowy start to the visit:
Inspiration came from Okan Arts – a small home run shop specialising in Japanese Vintage Yukata cottons. Patricia, the owner of Okan Arts will be releasing a new book shortly – it should be inspirational. Look at her beautiful shop, I selected some pieces for a future quilt…
We also visited Kathy at Botanical Colors. Her indigo dyeing is legendary. While we were there, Kathy was producing some indigo dyed shopping bags for a local trader.
Savannah was a surprising blend of art and history. An interesting choice for a Modern Quilt Conference. This was my first time attending a Modern Quilt Conference. Here are a few of my favourite quilts:
For me, two wonderful things happened at QuiltCon…
1. I won 24 yards of Anna Marie Horner’s Loominous range. I must stop saying I never win anything!!
2. I discovered Turtle Hand batik fabrics. This is my next design project:
Good trip, but good to be home. I think the resident “fur” was pleased to see me return…
Until next time,