The subject of Chris Eastham's talk was "Perfection can be overrated".
She had brought along about 30 examples of her quilts, which traced her work from her first, to her most recent creation (a Christmas tree "skirt")
She had embarked upon quilting as a rebellion against her mother's perfect-front-and-back embroidery and she detailed how it had been a steep learning curve, but fun!
Her talk and workshop were littered with words like "fudge, fiddle, adjust" and quotes like "better finish than perfect" or her tutor's description of a piece of her work as "naive quilting"
Chris was being far too modest, because, although she kept pointing out what she saw as faults, the result seemed intentional to us and the quilts were stunning. We did, however, get the point that, mistakes can be rescued and a piece does not need to be abandoned, if, in the end it isn't quite as it was meant to be!
|Chris's quilts piled high.|
|And another pile!|
So we embarked on the workshop - to create a pieced border for an existing piece of work - with a relaxed attitude. For some this was the "steep learning curve" but, for us, with expert guidance. Others were more experienced and the amount achieved in the day reflected this. Those wanting to turn the end result into a cushion have until next March to finish the piece!
|A hive of industry|