34! We had 34 of us gathered to sew all day at yesterday’s class!
Ladies had come from all over Pennsylvania and even Maryland to come sew for the day.
The American Legion hall was the perfect gathering place for a crowd this large ---we had access to their fridge and the ice machine ---I got the music going playing Jimmy Buffett while everyone came in and chose their sewing stations, got unpacked, plugged in, set up, and ready to roll!
I really love to have the ladies introduce themselves – so often classes just get going and no one knows each other --- as the teacher any way, I don’t know WHO knows anyone else, and it helps me to get to know everyone a little bit better.
We had a couple mother/daughter teams, some cousin-in-laws, lots of different guild posses and friends who said they’d BEEN friends for well over 40 years.
And this is what it’s all about. RELATIONSOHIPS! New ones, old ones, finding things to do together to strengthen the bond and build memories. Let’s face it – we really can stay home and sew in our own protective bubbles, but what we get from quilting together is often far more valuable than how much we get done un a one day class, or the quilt itself.
The next time I come across an antique quilt with a bunch of embroidered signatures on it ---or the next time YOU come across one, think about those relationships these ladies must have had with each other. It goes far deeper than the quilt!
Quilters by nature are determined and resilient!
And I need to tell you all about Vickie and her little mis-hap on lecture night ---
It had been raining a pretty good clip while we were inside during the lecture/trunk show…..and when I was signing books at the end, I heard someone come running in the back door yelling “Someone call 911 ---Vickie’s fallen!” Oh, those words make my heart skip a beat! We waited for the ambulance to come, and to get the word that everything was all right.
Turns out that while climbing the back outside stairs, Vickie tripped and fell on her face. She has the biggest bruised lip I’ve ever seen, and she chipped her beautiful front tooth clear off at one corner!
SHE CAME TO CLASS THE NEXT DAY!!!
We all gave her a round of applause and commented on how lucky she was that she didn’t break her arm or her right leg --- that she could still come sew. It’s much better to break your face!
I also learned something from Vickie!
First off, I love how she bundles up her pre-cut pieces all in neat stacks with strips of selvage tied up with a bow. TOO CUTE!
But look at this pictures closely, and pay attention to her “mock up” page ---That isn’t fabric!
Instead of wasting her beautiful fabrics, she took the fabric and had color copies made so she could cut up the PAPER COPIES for her mock up and glue them down where they needed to be as a sample. How cool is that?
If you look at the upper right corner of the mock- up you will see a bundle of little fussy cut blocks with pictures in the center…these are the center squares for her stars --- this quilt is being made for her 9 year old granddaughter who loves pink, and is going to love this quilt!
What 9 year old girl wouldn’t love this quilt?
I’m so happy you were okay enough to come join us, Vickie!
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted a slide show from a workshop --- and it’s time to do it now! I hope you enjoy the blocks that were produced for this class! We had a great time making them, and there are many beautiful quilts to come from these blocks:
We also had a bunch of silly group photos taken! How could you NOT have a good time with these ladies?
This is me and the Maryland Contingency! I’ll be back visiting their guild in 2015, I can’t wait, girls!
And the Shippensburg, PA contingency is always a barrel of laughs too! What is that saying? “Growing old is Mandatory – Growing UP is OPTIONAL!!”
Have a great Sunday, Everyone!