You haven't heard from me for a few days because I've been at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. What a great show! My friend Melinda and I took a two day class with Beth and Trevor Reid - the most amazing art quilters. We had SO much fun! This is what I made (in only 2 days!):
This was certainly outside my comfort zone! It was the first time I had ever attempted anything of this nature (even though I had admired art quilts for a long time). I had never done any machine quilting before and I am quite pleased with the result.
Beth and Trevor were not only inspirational but encouraged each of us on a personal level. No two quilts at the end of the weekend looked a bit alike! I took my inspiration from a photo that I shot at Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, in the Northern Territory of Australia (you can have a look at the inspiration photo if you have my latest book, 'Romancing the Roadtrip' on page 28).
Here's Melinda's quilt:
We had so much fun - no 1/4" seams or rotary cutters - rip and tear and paint if you want to! I loved being outside my comfort zone!
But don't worry girls - today I was back to 1/4" seams and rotary cutters. I'll save my art quilts for the weekends but don't be surprised if you see a few on the blog from now on.....
Have a go at whatever you've been dreaming of,
Leanne Beasley xxx
P.S. Sneek a peek at Beth and Trevor's work.