Saturday, July 28, 2012
This is a test to see of smaller pic sizes will upload.
Yes, I cropped, emailed to myself, in the smaller pixel size--resaved the pic from email.
Here we go!!
We have Smith Mountain Morning twice this show --- yesterday – and coming up again on Sunday. The class sold out so fast, and had enough of a waiting list that they could fill it again, so we did!
I really have to thank the staff here at Quilt Odyssey --- with a crazy luncheon lecture & trunk show starting at 12:15pm after class lets out for lunch at 12pm ---I needed a way to get things set up before our morning class session even started, taking much of the stress of logistics off my plate.
I was met by my staff helpers at 8am at my classroom. we loaded the body bags of quilts onto a rolling cart, and she proceeded to pull that cart up the ramp and across the hotel to where the lecture luncheon was being held….I followed pushing a cart full of cases of books….huffing and puffing all the way. Nothing like getting your metabolism all ramped up first thing in the morning!
We got everything set up ready to go, and I returned to class to get down into the nitty gritty of specialty rulers and making stars and log cabin blocks.
So much fabric, so much fun!
Don’t these gals look like a fun bunch? They are!
We sewed and sewed and cut and laughed and stitched and unstitched and stitched some more!
Oh, and did I mention that we are supplied a bottomless basket of Hershey’s Kisses? And they refill it every night?! Oh Boy!
Take a look at these blocks – they are fabulous! So many wonderful color combinations ---makes me want to just chain myself to my machine and SEW!
Today is “Tumalo Trail” day! We’ll be doing more pedal to the metal sewing!
Friday, July 27, 2012
When a student pulled out her HUGE dress shears today we all had a HUGE laugh!
I swear--- I’d thought I’d seen big scissors before, but this pair is GINORMOUS!
In her own defense she said ---
“But I never ever lose them! They are too big to get buried!”
Not only are they huge, but they are heavy!
Do not drop these on your toes!
We had to put them up next to some “regular” scissors, albeit small ones --- just to show you the size comparison --- take in to note the lines on the ruler, these are about 11” inches long.
And did I mention they are HEAVY!??
Today’s lunch lecture was a hoot --- the cord kept falling out of the microphone…..The holders I had were volunteers from the house staff…..there was a lot of moving around on stage to get the 250 or so people in the audience a good view of the quilts ---it got funnier and funnier – it’s good that no one fell off the stage!
I got this shot of everyone before I went up on stage….does this make me nervous? Absolutely!
This was only part of the crowd, just the part I could fit within the screen on my camera!
Blogger still won’t let me do iphone-o-grams. Not sure who/how to contact who I need to. Picasa must have a department that deals with this? I’m frustrated ----like my hands are tied behind my back. It’s not always convenient to wait for a laptop to make an update ---AUUGHH!
It’s not the end of the world, but I sure miss little updates here and there!
Yesterday’s class – what a FUN time! It was the perfect low-key day to start off this wild and whacky Hershey Quilt Odyssey weekend. ((And if it weren’t for the fact that this is the second time I’ve taught here,, I probably never WOULD have learned to spell ODYSSEY! HA!))
So what did we get up to?
We started with CUTTING. And that turned on light bulbs for many!
Then we did test seams and found how what quite a few THOUGHT were 1/4” just were not!
And we started sewing better!
We spent the morning making checkerboards, and had open discussions on the difference between dividing fabrics simply by light/med/dark and how those medium colors can really muddy the waters, and switched into talk about about how I like to stick with two categories only --- NEUTRALS or COLORS and the difference I find with separating my fabrics this way.
After lunch we switched gears…and moved on to basic paper piecing for the tree trunk sections for the block. It’s only 3 seams --- but within this little unit is the perfect way to teach someone the basics of paper piecing and how fun it could be!
Time went fast ---we filled it to the very end!
Let’s get this day started! I’m setting up my lunch time lecture at 8am --- starting Smith Mountain Morning class at 9:am….the lecture happens at 12:15pm and after that –back to Smith Mountain Morning for the afternoon!
Good thing there’s lots of chocolate around!