Tuesday, December 8, 2009

You Can't Beat A Good Trunk Show

I'm sure I have mentioned before that I attend classes at Material Obsession under the expert guidance of Brigitte Giblin.

Brigitte is a well known teacher in Australia and especially here in NSW.

Whilst we always get expert tuition during our class we are often treated to a show and tell from Brigitte's suitcase. I am sure I can safely say Brigitte would have made 100's of quilts but on this particular occasion we were treated to her many versions of Trip around the World.

Very adept at machine construction, Brigitte is always happy to share any tip or technique to make the job easier and more pleasurable.

These quilts are eye candy and it is always interesting to see the pieces of fabric used that often we would classify as 'ugly' but just seem to add that zing or quirkiness that brings a quilt to life.

Something as simple as tumbling blocks but is so effective.

The use of colour that helps one to step outside one's comfort zone, just love the orange.

The bold stripes and spots are extremely eye catching

Brigitte is also well known for her hexagon quilts and this is one of my many favourites.

The use of red is not only eye catching it seems to give the quilt an antique look

Yet again a very traditional block (Doves in the window) Brigitte just seems to have the knack of making quilts have an antique look about them

Here is her Pickle Dish quilt,this was the quilt I originally joined her classes for.

I believe Brigitte is going to be kitting this quilt next year.

This is a top that has been constructed for some time , the applique shapes need to be appliqued and then quilted and voila there will be another added to the pile. Isn't the border effective, I just love the quirky centre applique block (sorry only a sneak peak)

This quilt is known as Indian Summer and featured in an issue of ' Australian Patchwork and Quilting'

Loads of Hexagons to cover for this quilt but also an opportunity to showcase a favourite piece of fabric for a centrepiece.

and yet another Hexagon quilt, I love this one and especially the fabrics Brigitte has used,some gorgeous antique french ones amongst them. This quilt has a lovely soft feel IRL

In this next photo if you look hard enough you will be able to see on the wall in the back room, Brigitte's version of 'Aunty Green'.

This quilt is one Brigitte will be teaching next year, it is truly divine and combines applique and piecing.

Brigitte has a website and I know she intends to have it updated over the Christmas break and you can email her here.

If you are interested in doing a class with her, one of the many places she teaches is at Material Obsession, you could check with Kathy if there are any spaces available.

I hope you have enjoyed this little trunk show from Brigitte's suitcase, Brigitte is a great teacher, always taking her time to help with fabric and colour selection , Brigitte is also extremely generous with her knowledge and her sharing of patterns.

Enjoy this very busy time of year and until next time

Happy sewing



broderie said...

how very mouthwatering all that was jean! a very big suitcase of delicious treats! thanks for showing and sharing!

Sew Unique Creations said...

Wow what gorgeous quilts! Thank you for sharing!

Daniëlle said...

Thanks Jean for this trunk show!! Amazing quilts to admire without travelling any miles hihi. Love the uglies used by Brigitte. Take care. Hugs XXXD

Kathie said...

oh yes another reason I need to come to Australia take a class with Brigitte and of course just stepping into MO would probably be amazing adventure !
just love all her quilts and I see her version of Auntie Green and I love it of course!
went to her website and look forward to her updates Kathie

Karen said...

Wow! Lots of wonderful quilts!

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing the quilts Jean, they are all wonderful. I loved seeing the use of fabrics. There is one there that is on my list to do.

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh, I love her work! How lucky you are to take classes from her! What inspiration!

junesroses said...

Jean, Thank you for the trunk show. I have long been an admirer of Brigitte's. You are sooo lucky to be able to do classes with her. (Do I sound just a tad envious?) I love your blog. Always very inspiring. June

Miriam said...

Lots of beautiful Quilts! Thank you for sharing. :)
I would love to do a pickle dish quilt one day.

Cathy said...

Oh Jean how lucky you are...a class at MO...and being taught by Brigitte G. I'm so envious, thank you so much for showing her beautiful, colourful quilts here. She is also very patient when you ask her an email question, I really appreciated that about her. I will be lining up if she is doing kits next year! Can't wait to see your pickle dish xo

MJinMichigan said...

What a great trunk show! Oh how I wish I lived in Australia. The designers there are doing such wonderful work. Do you know which issue Indian Summer is in?

not so zen -quilts in Paris said...

Thank you for sharing!
Brigitte has a wonderful sense of colors and i would like to know more about her, i'going to google right now! Does she have french roots? Will V in Paris, sunny, cold and there will be snow tomorrow!

Ange said...

I just stumbled onto your blog through Julie @beingRuby. It reminds me how much I would love to be able to sew. I LOVE THE HEXAGONS and the orange - it's my favourite colour. I will pass your blog onto two friends here in France who are quilters - they will love the inspiration. Thanks
Merry Christmas

Christine said...

WOW. Thanks for sharing. I love Brigitte's quilts. Was lucky enough to see some up close at AQC last year.

farmersdotter said...

Love all the old quilts and old looking quilts....that's how I try to make mine too!

Brenda...the Farmer's Dotter