I just returned Saturday evening from Ireland where I did a Food and Fiber Lovers’ Tour through Kathy Brassill’s Handcrafted Holidays. A group of eight of us did the entire perimeter of the country over seventeen days. We visited a weaving studio, the gallery of two feltmakers, and a sheep farm among other sites and activities. I posted photos and info on my Facebook page, but I will be posting here on the blog in greater detail once I catch up a bit. If I can catch up is how it feels. Amazing how far behind you can get in less than three weeks.
In the meantime, Studio Art Quilt Associates aka SAQA starts its annual benefit auction tomorrow. I’ve purchased several pieces over the past few years. While I bid on those that appeal to me, I realized last year, I could also take advantage of the auction to acquire examples of various principles and elements of design that I cover as a Qualified Instructor in my quilt judging seminar. Like all of you, I only have so much time and don’t seem to have enough to produce examples myself to share with students. So I’ve found another reason to bid on the auction quilts. Take a look. You may be inspired to bid on a favorite piece, and if you aren’t a member, consider joining.