our workshop weekend

I have just spent a great weekend at a quilting workshop up at Maleny, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The workshop was given by Pam Holland- an internationally reknown quilter and teacher, who hails from Adelaide. The Workshop was on the Amazing Alphabet Adventure- a quilt and book she has produced utilising her system of drawing on fabric with pigment ink pens and free-motion quilting.
This is one of the letters that she has made into a mini-quilt:

All of the letters feature this little character with red and white stockings. We just started one letter in the workshop: here’s my attempt, not yet finished of course:

All of the coloured areas were coloured in, and then I quilted around all of the edges with black thread. This was the letter A- A for Attitude! which Pam first developed for her grandchildren. Her book which has just come out has the story she wrote about all the alphabet characters and includes patterns and drawings to follow for all of the letters. Of course you don’t have to copy hers exactly, once you know the technique its fun to add your own little touches.
Pam was an excellent tutor:

She’s very generous and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
Here are some of her quilts that she showed us:

The workshop was sponsored by the Maleny Magic Patchwork and Quilt Shop, and the owner Bev looked after us well. She has a fantastic range of fabrics which we just had to check out!
My sister and I went up to Maleny for the weekend, so we also had Sunday to look around Maleny and Montville, browse through the markets and all the liitle shops. A really nice time!
These photos just show a little of the area:

Maleny Flower Shop

and Montville: