Monday, September 20, 2010

A visit from Ferret ...

This weekend the famous Ferret came to speak and teach at Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters.  Having only seen Ferret from a distance and through quilting media, I didn't know quite what to expect.  As an award winning long arm quilter, I knew the quilts would be spectacular and I was really looking forward to seeing them in person and hearing the stories behind them.  Ferret was a great speaker and very entertaining, but what probably surprised me more, is that the talented lady behind these quilts was so friendly, warm and an all-around great gal.

She was gracious enough to let me take photographs of her and her work. 

The Phoenix

Her raw edged appliqu├ęs are sensational and she has a fabulous talent for capturing the shapes and shading.  This isn't painted in any way.  The shading is all done with fabric..and a lot of it is commercial fabric!

I love this dragon!  And I know my DD2 will love it too when I show her the picture. 
Ferret manages to keep the "fun" in her work and I suspect her life too...she doesn't strike me as someone that gets too serious about life.

Here is the Phoenix again, but this time on a leather coat that Ferret has made and quilted.

On Sunday, Ferret treated us to her Speed Quilt class.  Many ladies finished their quilts by the time we packed up in the afternoon.  Being completely reversible and quilted as you go, these ladies will only need to slap on some binding and they will be finished.  Fabulous!

Honestly, if you ever get the chance to hear Ferret, or even get the chance to take a class with her, you won't be disappointed.  She has a wealth of knowledge and excellent advice that even the most seasoned quilter will learn something new.
P.S. She has a blog's

Until next time...


Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jane - those are some beautiful quilts. I LOVE the bright colors in the dragon -- what a piece of art!

Liz said...

Didn't we have a great weekend! I have been a ferret fan for a while. Shame Herd mentality was not avilable, that quilt made me stop in my tracks when I saw it at festival a few years ago. I am hoping to get my quilt finnished tomorrow so will blog about it then. Hope you have recovered, Liz

Ali Honey said...

Amazing work. You were all lucky to see and hear her.

Julie in the Barn said...

Wow, those are just amazing. The use of color is a knockout. They are really works of art.

Lynda said...

I knew she would be good, but not that good! Shame I missed it, but that'll teach me to check my diary next time I double-book myself!

orchidlover said...

She's fabulous isn't she. I met her a few years back in Birmingham and had a great chat with her.

Love and hugs Gina xxx