onsdag, april 09, 2008

To Market to see sir Fassett

My head is slowly processing the happenings of last weekend. Images keep popping up. We went to the Norwegian Quilters Association's annual meeting, i.e. Market. It turned out to be the best ever! (My first) There were creative women everywhere. And they were running from workshop to workshop, listening to lectures, studying the exhibition and adding to their fabric collections in the basement venue of shopping extravaganza.

We had the honor of being able to attend Kaffe Fassett's lecture on Saturday. Some blurry pictures were taken before and after the slide show, but I will not post them, as I have not asked his permission to do so. I could have though, because we had our books signed, and he is the sweetest man. The audience got to ask questions, and I gathered up some courage and asked if he quilted by hand. And he answered that making works for himself he both pieces and quilts by hand. As he signed our books, I said how happy I was to hear that he did handwork, and he said what he also really loves is to hand sew the binding to the quilts. Our man from the 18th century! Although he claimed he had not entered the 21st century, he expressed gratitude to the fact that his audience is capable of handeling computers and the internet.

And so we went to see the exhibition. There were some amazingly talented women represented. In the near future I hope to be able to post some pictures of the quilts that spoke to my heart.

Then we went down to the basement - and it was filled with wonderful quilt shops.

Norwegian quilters are fortunate enough to have access to some exquisite LQS's. One of them is Lappemakeriet, run by two lovely ladies, Trine and Anne Kjersti. The first quilt - on display at their stand - shown here, is made by the wonderfully talented - in my humble opinion - Rie Norum. I was just stunned by her work. Just look at those small pieces. And I LOVE the quilting.

I am also always stunned by the talent of Trine Bakke. I do not know for sure, but I suspect that the sampler block-of-the-month-quilt is made by her. She has inspired many Norwegian quilters for many years, and I feel priviledged to be one of them. The LeMoyne star quilt is in its second year of being the shop's block-of-the-month quilt. They have different fabric packs for quilts made in different moods, two of them being "70's madness" and this one inspired by marine colors.

I will have to direct you to May Britt's blog to see more shops displaying their goods, as I only asked permission from Lappemakeriet to show their stand.

What also made a significant impression was seeing a Dear Jane quilt. Actually the first completed version I have seen in person. Being an avid blog reader, I had just seen Hanne's quilt in one of her recent posts. To see it in person was incredible. My friend and I were able to say hello and commend her on her work. Another amazing quilter present at a wonderful Market.

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