Yes, a new beginning and a first for the fibre arts and quilting community in this part of the world. A couple of months ago I was invited to curate a new Fibre Art and Quilting Gallery in the space where I operate my long arm machine. A young couple, Matt and Bradie Sparrow started this innovative business to fullfil a need for quilters to finish quilts, enjoy them and profit from their work. While quilt shops sell fabric and quilting supplies, Sparrow Studioz and Gallery offer services and goods to complete quilting and fibre arts projects. Providing not only long arm quilting service, the Studioz has long arm rental machines for those who want to do quilting themselves, machine sales and service, as well as renting space for longarmers to operate their machines, and space for classes in every aspect of quilt finishing, from piecing to longarming and embellishing the finished quilt. What a great concept.
It is a wonderful feeling to be involved with the sucessful opening of such a unique venture.
After a short trip to Calgary at the beginning of January, I returned to the Studioz and the date was set for the Grand Opening. The Grand Opening February 18-20 was greeted with acclaim for being an exceptional venue for quilting and fibre art. The Gallery is now permanantly open, with plans for shows for the entire year scheduled. The classes scheduled bring renowned long arm professionals to a western Canadian audience of longarmers eager to embrace their expertise. See the website at Sparrowstudioz. com for details on classes, consignment, rentals, sales, gallery shows and news about quilting and fibre arts.
Now you know why I have not been posting much for the past 2 months, I have lots to tell, and have some projects to share; and promise to post more pictures soon. A kaleidoscope, a reverse applique mola, beading projects, my perfectly fitting jacket are some of the projects I have managed to progress with; and some quilts for those in need.
Thank you for keeping in touch.