See this excited smiling face?
This is Marnie and not only is Mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge her first quilt festival, but our Crab Apples class was her first quilting class EVER!
Doesn’t she look like she is having a great time? We all were!
Pigeon Forge is now the home of the brand spanking new LeConte Center, a beautiful conference facility –and this year is the first year of moving the show into the new center. It’s BEAUTIFUL!
Previously the show was scattered about town with classrooms in one area, and the show and vendors mall were a driving distance away.
Now everything is under one roof and it is so convenient.
My classroom fit 20 students comfortably with each student having their OWN table to themselves. BONUS!
Check out this rare little featherweight!
It’s a black side!
The last time I saw one was back last June in Monroe, Louisiana. Check out that post Here! This machine dates to 1942, made during the WWII era when chromium was not as available for machine parts and a black finish was given instead.
Even the original presser foot had a black finish!
There were other vintage babies in class ---and after talking to Marsha McCloskey about the benefits of a Singer 301 over a featherweight at lunch time, I encouraged her to come sit at one that my student Frances had brought to class:
She’s giving it a go!
Who knows? Marsha may become a 301 convert!
Afterward she went back to HER class to discover that two of her students also had 301s ---and she hadn't paid them any mind before...I told her WHY I would trade a featherweight for a 301 any day. Slant needle, no belt, gear driven, internal motor, the ability to drop the feed dogs for free motion quilting, and they sew 1300 stitches per minute! I wouldn't be surprised if she finds herself one soon.
I do love my featherweights, I just love the 301s for the workhorse that they are.
The pattern for Crab Apples is found in my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders. We had a great time with our checkerboard tree tops in the morning, and moved on to paper piecing the tree bases in the afternoon – a perfect day with just the right amount of stitching and accomplishing!
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We even had THIS sweet boy, Jack join us at the end of class as folks were packing up! He’s 4 months old and the cutest thing ever! Thanks for sneaking him in so I could see his sweet face!