February 16, 2010
Designs to Share with You – Ursula Riegel
Join me on a visit to the studio of friend and
Victoria design diva Ursula Riegel.
This is the womb of “Designs to Share With You”
Here is Ursula ‘s “office” space.
with a lesson and design exercise ready to share with me later in the afternoon.
But first a tour of her quilting life and treasures!
Her newest machine is a Janome , mainly used for its Satin Stitch .
It is surrounded by Ursula’s fabric memories,
like her prototype Santa ,
available in her Christmas pattern series,
a quiet rhythm of colour and texture
and treasures from Germany .
To the left , a peaceful mountain view rests beyond Ursula’s main work station
and her most versatile and most loved Pfaff machine.
I could not resist this example
of her signature jewel tones.
across the room, ideas and mementos
and carefully organized supplies
are framed by her miniatures collection.
These exquisite miniatures, Ursula explained ,
were a way to satisfy the desire of trying all the techniques
she just could not possibly fit, full size,
into her life time.
Finally I turn to admire a charming collection of dolls, lovingly created by Ursula,
gracing an antique hutch
that Ursula painted in traditional folk style.
a magical doll house with tiny dolls, rugs, furnishings and quilts handcrafted by Ursula.
The kitchen scene prompted Ursula
to fete me with a scrumptious apple cake, made from the apple trees in her yard,
Another work of art.
Join me back here Thursday to see Ursula’s fabric collection , art tree collection and second studio.