After spending all week racing around trying to keep up with the rest of the world I decided I would try walking by placing one foot in front of the other like everyone does. I’m quite happy to report that it’s so much more enjoyable to walk at the same speed as everyone else. It gives you a chance to see what’s going on around you. Perhaps I should move into the slow lane again and so I can enjoy the scenery.
So let’s start today’s report with what happened yesterday. You might remember that I was teaching a Freemotion Quilting Appliqué class at Stitchin’ Heaven. It was a superb class. We all got the chance to step out of that ¼” seam allowance very restrictive box. Moira declared that it was very liberating to do what we were doing yesterday. And in fact we all decided that this is the ultimate way to learn Freemotion Quilting. So if you’ve wanted to learn Freemotion Quilting you might like to start with my FMQ Appliqué class. If you go back one or two posts you will see a couple of samples of my version of Freemotion Quilting Appliqué. And here is a little peek at the creative process from one or two of yesterday’s students …..
I got so involved and spent so much time admiring the work going on that I didn’t take many photos. I wish I had taken more so you could see how good the appliqué pieces were. The ladies worked relentlessly without many breaks. Not because I carry a big threatening stick but because they were enjoying what they were doing. I’m a great believer in teaching in a relaxed light-hearted atmosphere. After all many of us enrol in day classes to get away from the boring or stressful day-to-day rigors of life; why would anyone go from one stressful situation to another?
It always amazes me how much we can learn from each other. There were so many great design ideas bounced around yesterday; some lovely fresh takes on what designs to appliqué using Freemotion Quilting. My next attempt will be postcards I think. I came away totally inspired and ready to tackle other similar projects in a fresh way.
Now while we were beavering away with sewing machines running and fabric scraps at hand the Parcelforce man delivered these parcels. Rusty the driver thought I was totally strange getting excited about fabric parcels but I don’t care. I always look forward to seeing what treasure lies beneath brown paper. I got so busy that I didn’t take any photos but I can tell you that the fabrics were juvenile prints in lovely lively prints and colours. Yesterday was a wonderful day and it was over before we knew it. Thank you ladies for keeping me company yesterday. I look forward to doing it all over again soon.
I only got to spend a couple of hours in my sewing room today. What with running an errand this morning which at one point we thought would be unsuccessful and doing a few household chores, I didn’t think I would accomplish much else. However it all worked out better than I thought. I did a wee bit of simple Freemotion Quilting on a small boy’s quilt which I did not photograph, silly me. And then I went on to machine bind a piece of Freemotion Quilting Appliqué which I worked on yesterday because I joined my ladies in the fun …..
And then I made a quilt label which I plan on securing to a quilt my Sarah just finished last week. I got quite a lot more done than I thought I would. Woohoo!
Speaking of my Sarah, she’s in London this weekend. She booked a weekend away several weeks ago. It was lovely for her to have something to look forward to. I’m missing her like mad but we have been keeping in touch the whole time. The invention of mobile phones and being able to send and receive text messages is wonderful. Someday I may even get brave and upgrade to using Skype! I think it’s high time that I book something which I can look forward to.
I’ll finish this post with a wee sneaky peek at something I will be teaching next year …..
I’m quite pleased with this little project but I think I will have to make a few more to make sure I get to keep and use one myself. I’ve really enjoyed using some of the new fabric I have stock piled for projects for next year.
I have a little challenge for you tonight; There’s at least one chocolate bar on the table in the group photo and I would like you to spot the chocolate bar and let me know if you can see it. I’ll be back on Monday with the answer.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be finishing off little bits and pieces and perhaps going on to hand piecing some bocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you as happy as I am. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥