What a busy month it has been! In July, we had Sew Marlborough, the New Zealand mini Symposium. Hundreds of excited quilters gathered together in Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand for five days of classes, exhibitions, merchants and meeting up with friends old and new.
We were up before dawn to get to the ferry terminal in Wellington
What a view we had from our seats at the front of the lounge area! This is the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on the South Island of New Zealand.
Opening night arrived and I was up on stage to award the Hoffman Challenge prizes for 2015. Here is the fantastic winning quilt, 'Sarah and Getty', by Debby Williams.
You can see photos of all the quilts on the New Zealand Hoffman Challenge page.
Over the next couple of days I went to a class with Jacqui Karl of Kowhai View creations. Two days of art quilting, using freezer paper stencils, discharge paste and paints was just what I needed to completely relax and rest my mind from the day to day business of the shop. Jacqui is a great teacher and a lovely, generous person. She has her timing down pat, and I managed to complete my little quilt in the class. It's always a bonus when you don't have a UFO to bring home!
Here's what I made
Every night at Symposium the participants gather for Happy Hour. When you think of Happy Hour, especially in the heart of Marlborough wine country, you think of Sauvignon Blanc. Not so. Legislation made it too hard for the organisers to serve wine, but nobody missed it. The presenters, Clare and Venice, had us in stitches every evening with their double act. Here they are dressed in their grape vine costumes, organising the Iron Woman championships.
Competitors in the Iron Woman championships working their seam rippers furiously in the unpicking event.
All in all a great few days in a beautiful place surrounded by wonderful people!
So, on to this month's Mystery clue.....
Welcome to the photos to go with clue seven of this year's Mystery. If you are new to my Mystery, you can download information from Craftsy, and the clues can be purchased from there each month. We also have a facebook group where you can share photos and news with other Mystery Quilters.
Here are the photos for sections J1 to J4
Well that was nice and easy, now on to sections K1 and K2
Fabrics 4 and 6
Plus a square of 6
Another 4 and 6
1 and 6
Section K1 complete.
Now the extras for the double quilt:
Here is LA1
Make two of LA3
I noticed that in an earlier month I had not been paying attention to my stripes when making the parts like these, so had to do a bit of unpicking! If you have a directional fabric, make sure you use the correct small triangle on each one to get the stripes going the same way.
So that is month seven complete. Just three months to go now until the big reveal! I have just about completed my sample quilt and I am already cooking up next year's Mystery......
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