At the January quilt guild meeting of the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville, I was the guest speaker and did a PowerPoint lecture on: HOUSTON! The Largest Quilt Show in the US.
|George R Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX|
The lecture went well, I thought, and I cleared out several years of tote bags with goodies inside when we ended the lecture with a "swag" raffle drawing. About a dozen happy people got a gift.
Two days later I did one of my most favorite things: I taught a quilting class at my local quilt shop, Patches & Stitches. The project was "Southern Star" by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs. There were 9 students somewhat packed into the classroom but everyone kept a good attitude and all got a lot accomplished in the all-day class. Here are a few shots of them in action:
|Susan with one quarter of her center--My class sample is behind her|
|Emily with one quarter of her center|
|Connie's first one quarter of her center|
|Vicki with her first quarter of the center|
After lunch, we moved on to the side sections:
|Joyce's side and center, bright!|
|Diane's side and center, she'll continue the orange in the borders|
|Linda did neutral batiks, very dramatic!|
|Susan, with both center and side, to get the idea what it will look like--King size!|
|Audra, with side and center pinned together for effect--the center print is the border|
|Ferne used batiks, the yellow center is fabulous!|
One of the fun things I do in class is to encourage everyone to immediately confess if they sew something incorrectly. I use that as a "teachable moment" for the rest of the class and then I rip it out! My goal is to get each student as far in class as she can get that day. And it's discouraging to rip out in class, so I do it, allowing them to keep on sewing.
We had fun, great quilts will come from this good start, and the students were all gracious in their comments to me after class. I love to teach and see happy students at the end of the day.
I did manage to get the last of my little applique' blocks sewn last night and, after rearranging the blocks almost incessantly, think this is my final layout:
Linking up to Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.