We had a GREAT day yesterday!
The temps, though cooler for what this area is used to, have been blissful for me! Yesterday was about 75 degrees with a light breeze. I am so enchanted by the palm trees swaying, their fronds rustling as the wind blows
Our class was hold at a local collage – really nice campus, and fun to have younger folk walking by, peeking and and being interested in what we were doing.
I gave a group of three young ladies the run down of the “funny little black machines” that were scattered around the classroom –I didn’t remember to count, but if I had to guess there were about 8 featherweights in this room! The young ladies were awwed when I explained that these machines were older than the ladies using them, with the oldest machine in the room being a 1938 model heading up to being 75 years old!
Always an opportunity to interest the younger generation in perpetuating our love of fabric and machines, notions ---and more fan than anyone ever thought that sewing could be, right?
We had some nice show and tell at lunch time. Kathleen brought one of her Dia De Los Muertos quilts to share, so fun!
She used machine embroidery stitches to highlight each block!
Yes I know, you want to pull those stray threads right off the photo, don’t you? ((Me too!!))
Another section --- fun!
I love the fact that within our country are many cultures, and I can learn something from each of them. The custom of those with Mexican heritage celebrating and honoring their ancestors is an important part of life. And I love that it is celebrated with joy and happiness, not solemnity and dread.
Elaine also brought a couple fun quilts to share:
Bricks and Stepping Stones is always a fun one!
She is very involved in making quilts for local charities, including the women’s shelter. I think I remember her saying that they make 25 quilts a year to cover the beds in the shelter – after a year the quilts are retired and given to the women as they start their new life journey – and new ones replace them. They want the beds to always look fresh and new and pretty, so they go to their new homes before too many washings fades them.
The pattern for Bricks & Stepping stones is found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog and will help you dig into your 2” strips for the 4 patches, and 3.5” strips for the bricks!
String Spider Web!
I love the solid midnight blue background she used with her webs…isn’t this great? Of course it didn’t make a single dent in the scrap pile!
The directions for Simply Strippy are also found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog! I love all of the rainbow of colors and the wide variety of fabrics found in this quilt – isn’t it great?
And then of course there are our class photos!
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|November 9, 2013|
This morning is the guild meeting with my lecture and trunk show ---
Time to get a move on!