Thursday, 3 August 2017

Zen chic

You know when you have one of those utterly fantastic weekends when all the planets align and the moon is in aquarius? yep one of those. I have adored Zen Chic fabric for years, the text, the colours, just everything really. So I was sooper sooper excited to hear that Brigitte was coming to Biggar for a weekend, trunk show on the Saturday night and class on the Sunday. How utterly fabulous!  
 
I had never done anything with Biggar Stitches before so was excited to see how they set up the event. I wont say that there weren't some communication issues in the run up to the event, or lack of communication issues. But I know Kim took all feedback on board and boy did she more than make up for any inconvenience! I would not hesitate to go back to another event run by her! The weekend started off with Kim giving us a lovely lucky dip discount on all purchases, but im a member of the quilt guild so I get a whopping 205 discount anyway! Bargain! What a lovely shop, great selection of precuts and lovely bright fresh fabrics, well I had to buy some, would have been rude not too! The main event on the Saturday was the dinner and talk in the evening by Brigitte. This was all in the municipal town hall in biggar, great location for the event. Brigitte and Kim had it set up so that they would sit on one of our tables for either the starter the main or the dessert. Lovely food, all gluten free so I was happy! Kim had told Aurifil about it and we all had a spool of thread on our table for us! Much nicer than place names!! I met so many lovely ladies from the Borders modern quilt guild, Lesley and Charlie and Charlies mother. The lovely Angela Stockton gave me her hotel room as she couldn't use it and we were all sharing the same hotel! Great fun. There was plenty wine and then there was the star of the show – Brigitte.
 
 
 
What a lovely lady. I have been at a few other events where major quilting *stars* have been a lot less gracious. Brigitte was open she was funny and then there were the quilts … drop dead gorgeous, go to her website to see them, please don't let my rubbish photography put you off! And what a great story to tell! Single mother of three, took to quilting later in life, when she was fifty she did the sums and took the plunge to give up the day job and launch her collection at quilt market. By the end of quilt market she had three offers from major fabric companies and the rest is history. One or two wee (rather large) glasses of wine later we retired to bed! Up bright and breezy the next day for the MAIN AND BESTEST EVENT EVER!!!! Yep I was sooper sooper excited. Doing the globe class with Brigitte Heitland???? Who wouldn't be.
And lunch was provided! What a super class, all round fabulous, Brigitte is a brilliant teacher, the pattern is challenging but once you get it, it does come together smoothly. The main thing is the fabric choice, I went for my usual solution of “throw more colour and pattern at it …. I adore the result.
 
 
And more free thread from Aurifil! Plus enough 80/20 wadding from Kim to make the whole top as way of making up for any communications issues. How flipping generous was that!
I came away totally exhausted but determined to finish off my quilt top which I did! Just got to quilt and bind it so I can show off at tomorrows modern quilt guild im nothing if not over ambitious.

4 comments:

  1. I enjoyed every minute of my stay in Scotland. Kim is a very kind host and gave us everything we needed on Saturday and Sunday to have a great time. Your quilt looks fabulous, Sheila! The most challenging part of this quilt is for sure: choosing the right fabric combination and deciding which fabric goes where. You mastered that challenge all by your own, found a gourd balance of hues, And the technical skills needed like paper piecing and Y-seams were no problem. I love to see your finished result, well done Sheila! Hope we will meet again one day soon.

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind response! I can think of nothing I would value more dearly than another class with you.

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  2. Oh, wow, that looks like a wonderful weekend!!! And I love your finished top! Have I missed the finished quilt?

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  3. Cheers! The finished top is the top picture, Brigitte was wonderful it was a truly amazing day

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