I had a wonderful evening yesterday, I went to a trunk talk by Sarah Fielke. Sarah is the designer of my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt which I made last year as part of her BOM and I’m now (slowly) hand-quilting. She lives in Sydney, Australia and she mentioned on Facebook a couple of months back that she was coming over to the UK to do a couple of talks and classes in two locations, I couldn’t believe it when I found one of them was only 30 miles away at Simply Solids! I booked as soon as tickets became available and persuaded a friend to come too.
Of course I packed my quilt into a bag to take with me, but I also took a couple of squares of fabric and a pencil as I had a plan!
I had no idea how big or small an event this would be, when we arrived it was clear it was a small, select audience of maybe twenty ladies, so it was a lovely personal talk. The two ladies I sat next to had also brought their DTRH quilts so at least I wouldn’t be the only one!
Sarah brought lots of quilts to show us, talking us through her life in quilting, quilts from her books, quilts given as presents, quilts with a story behind them. They were beautifully made, most were hand appliqued and hand quilted.
At the end she showed us her Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, it was wonderful to see it for real! Her applique is as perfect as it looks on the videos! She asked if anyone had made the quilt and of course the three of us said ‘Well, yes, actually…’ So we all took turns to hold ours up, it was fascinating to see how different they all looked with the different colourways. I think she genuinely loved seeing our quilts, especially when we mentioned we’d not done needle-turn applique before. Here’s a photo from facebook which Sarah shared of my quilt, it’s a terrible photo of me though, I look like Mrs Merton!!!
After the talk we all milled around the quilts, chatting and admiring the craftsmanship. I took my fabric squares out of my bag and asked Sarah to sign one of them (I thought I’d give her a choice of fabric!) she signed in pencil, big enough for me to embroider over for a label to go on the back of my quilt. This evening I embroidered over her writing so I now have a designer label for my quilt, just have to finish it!
I managed to get a photo of the two of us, I’m grinning like a cheshire cat, it was a great evening!