What a super day!
We drove up to New Braunfels from San Antonio, the car loaded not just fabric and machine, thread, notions and mats and cutters ---but with excitement for the day ahead!
I’d never been to New Braunfels before, even though I spent 3 1/2 years as a Texas Resident from late 1999 to 2003.
I never witnessed the glory of the bluebonnets in bloom in the hill country ---and still missed it this time. Gotta be here in APRIL for that to happen, but there were signs of spring just about to pop everywhere.
Those who live in the frozen northern areas might find some hope around the bend in these photos:
Bushes awash in yellow!
This is blurry, I know..but these are baby leaves about to burst forth on this tree!
Our moods were springy too! 29 ladies came and set up their machines for a day of sewing Star Struck units.
Star Struck is one of the free patterns found under the Free Patterns Tab and is a great one for just separating fabrics into two groups: Background and Color.
We had a good discussion using stacks of people’s strips and sorting as a group and discussing as we went….is this too dark? Is this too light? What gives the best result if you want the dark stars to really come forth, and the background to be just BACKGROUND.
I think all agreed with me that if the light fabrics hit medium in value, they have "Crossed Over" need to be kicked “to the dark side” so the stars don’t disappear. You can put “baby pastels” in with your neutrals as background, but if they cross that medium line, they do better as foreground, not background. It was a good lesson to play with!
Irene’s Tan Featherweight Baby!
Irene brought her new tan 1950s featherweight for it’s first workshop run. You know how sometimes there are those folks who are just unbelievably lucky? On a trip from Texas to Washington state, Irene found herself on Craigslist – saw the ad for the machine and called the lady right away. $100.00!! Irene was traveling by train, so the lady brought it to the train station for her ---and Irene sat on the train for 4-1/2 hours and SEWED her way to her destination – there was electricity and a table for her to do so on the train!
Okay, I think a train trip like this has to be on my bucket list. Can you imagine a quilt retreat on a train? Or just maybe a couple friends featherweighting together on a trip on a train? It’s sure a sweet machine, is in nearly mint condition and purrs like a kitten.
We had several featherweights in class – and a whole lot of fun scrap sewing.
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|Star Struck, New Braunfels TX 2014|
Easy Street made an appearance!
Thank you, Machine Quilting Unlimited!