On the weekend of 17 and 18 April, a handful of Blueberries quilters had the privilege of meeting in the flesh accomplished quilting aficionado Kellie Wulfsohn for a two-day workshop at Blueberries.
Kellie is well known in the quilting blogosphere but, being Melbourne-based, this was her first time at Blueberries. Jackie Leybourne had previously stumbled across Kellie’s blog and was so impressed with it, she cyber introduced herself to Kellie and invited her up to New South Wales to run a two day workshop. The fact that the two women hadn’t actually met each other in person gave rise to an interesting situation at the airport in Sydney.
“I’d just collected my luggage when this woman I’d never seen before came up to me and hugged me and said how wonderful it was to see me,” says Kellie with a wry smile. “I just assumed it was Jackie and went along with it until the woman realised that she had the wrong person altogether. It was one of those crazy, bizarre moments that life sometimes throws at you.”
Eventually Jackie and Kellie did make contact, of course, and the following day Kellie was sharing her knowledge, skills and experience with an eager group of Blueberries regulars.
“I taught raw-edged appliqué and free-motion quilting,” says Kellie. “The workshop went for two days and then we had a four-hour class, which was really just an intro of what you’d learn in a full class.”
Kellie especially enjoyed her pupils’ enthusiasm in tackling techniques that aren’t run-of-the-mill but are considerably more specialised. “They were great, they all really gave it a go and took it on board,” she says. “They were very enthusiastic to learn. They were a wonderful class.”
Kellie also enjoyed the fabrics at Blueberries, which she described as exactly the kind of fabrics she’d buy herself. “It’s a beautiful shop,” she says. “Such a great atmosphere. I felt so comfortable around the fabrics. It was like being at home.”
Check out Kellie’s blog at www.dontlooknow.typepad.com