Family secrets.

The other day I found a wonderful surprise in my inbox! My aunt, Barbara McCunn, had attended Quilt Canada in Halifax. She had taken a workshop called “Take Four Fat Quarters” and sent me this photo of her completed project.

Isn’t it lovely? The fat quarters she used were a Christmas gift from me last year, and  were Shibori dyed. When I gave them to her I was concerned they were too disparate to ever be used together, but she has ingeniously crafted them into a cohesive whole. She’s very creative, my auntie Barb, and manages to make far more in one year than I will have time to make in my whole life.

I would love to embark on some more collaborative projects with her in the future. I’m sure I’ll learn some interesting new textile techniques this year at school and maybe I can pawn some of the products off on her!

I was pleased to hear that the instructor, Susan Purney Mark, was also fond of the piece, and posted it on her quilting blog. She also has a great interview on there about organizing your studio space. It has inspired me to clear off some shelf space and stack all of my fabric, and perhaps to make peninsulas out of my work tables.

I also poked around and found some phenomenal photos for winning quilts at the conference. They are worth checking out, I would love to have attended. Someday when I get my quilting chops up maybe I’ll enter a submission!

Restful stones.

Check it out, my stones have arrived:

Rock On – Spirit Cloth

She has gathered 168 stones since she put out the call on May 11th. How cool is that? And how beautiful that so many people who will never spend time together are spending time doing exactly the same thing. That is a different sort of togetherness than physical presence. I guess I never really realized how many makers there are in the world.